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Reflections from Citizen Scientist Andrea Bearbower

“How nature entwines through New York is altogether absurd, hysterical, and hopeful.” Behind a certain Swedish furniture-and-meatball emporium, adjacent to an NYPD tow pound and within sight of a spectacularly moody, long abandoned Port Authority grain terminal, Andrea Bearbower is growing hundreds of oysters.  But she’s not a marine biologist or conservationist- she’s just a […]

Coding and Calibrating with BOP + BioBase at “Eco-STEM: Digital Tools for Environmental Monitoring”

If you want to take a one-time measurement of, for example, acidity, it’s fine to pull out a little pack of pH test strips.  When you want to take 1,000 or 1,000,000,000 measurements, you’ll need to grab something a little more robust.  This month, teachers attending the second session of a four-day, hands-on intensive professional […]

BOP Schools and Citizen Science Partner Spotlight: Judy O’Neil, University of Maryland

Billion Oyster Project Curriculum and Community Enterprise for Restoration Science (BOP-CCERS) is a community of students and teachers, professional scientists and citizen scientist volunteers, schools, universities, businesses, and community organizations, all working together to conduct oyster restoration-based scientific research in New York Harbor.  BOP-CCERS is funded through a three-year educational research grant from the National Science Foundation’s […]

BOP Field Science Update

The NYHF curriculum team and Columbia scientists have been hard at work updating BOP field science protocols. The updated protocols are being used to develop our new BOP field science web platform for collecting ORS data and managing curriculum. The beta launch of the web platform is set for May 1. In the meantime, all of the […]

BOP Schools and Citizen Science Partner Spotlight: Eli Caref, The River Project

Billion Oyster Project Curriculum and Community Enterprise for Restoration Science (BOP-CCERS) is a community of students and teachers, professional scientists and citizen scientist volunteers, schools, universities, businesses, and community organizations, all working together to conduct oyster restoration-based scientific research in New York Harbor.  BOP-CCERS is funded through a three-year educational research grant from the National Science Foundation’s […]

Spawn II: Son of Spawn

by D’lylah Nazario 12th grade Aquaculture student/Harbor Foundation journalism intern Several attempts in, we have our second successful spawn of the Spring in the Aquaculture lab. Oysters from Fishers Island Oyster Farm from last year’s trip, when they had been harvested by Harbor students, and oysters collected by Jeremy from Soundview in the Bronx were […]

Harbor Corps Update

Presentation of scale model of the new 10 foot gabion– the Oyster Filing Cabinet– designed to house sleeves of oysters. Preparation for dive to upgrade sonde. Presentation of the April work plan. Introduction of new econcrete mold, 3D printed, imported from Israel.  Pouring Party Preparation. Discussion about potential Fishers Island teambuilding trip for Harbor Corps.  Pros: […]