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Thursday, 6/21: 4th Annual Research Symposium

June 5, 2018

Thursday, June 21

Jennifer Ballesteros:
212.458.0800, ext 6516

NYC Students Present Their Research on NY Harbor Health and Oyster Restoration


100+ New York City students will gather on Governors Island for the Billion Oyster Project Fourth Annual Research Symposium. Students who work with the nonprofit Billion Oyster Project to study NY Harbor, and to monitor oyster health, will present their individual research projects in a science-fair-style setting. Researchers and visiting scientists will also be present to share work and offer students feedback.

New York City students, educators, researching, and visiting scientists

The Billion Oyster Project Fourth Annual Research Symposium. There will be an opportunity for press to interview select students one-on-one prior to the event’s official 10am start time.

Governors Island, New York City
The Urban Assembly New York Harbor School
550 Short Avenue
New York, New York 10004

Thursday, June 21
Opportunity to interview select participating students: 9–10am
Opportunity to photograph event: 10am–3pm

For interested press, Billion Oyster Project can offer passage on the Governors Island employee ferry. Contact us for details.

This event is a celebration and a scientific meeting of the minds. In the past, student research presentation topics have included:

  • How does pollution affect biodiversity?
  • How to raise a successful oyster tank
  • What sounds are made in an oyster tank?
  • What is the ecological role of the blackfish?
  • Shrimp and salinity

The 2018 Annual BOP Research Symposium is made possible in part by a generous grant from the Marta Heflin Foundation.

About Billion Oyster Project
Launched in 2014, Billion Oyster Project is an ecosystem restoration and education movement aimed at restoring one billion live oysters to New York Harbor by the year 2035. With the ability to filter water, provide habitat for many marine species, and help shield NYC shorelines from storm damage, oysters have the power to protect life in and out of the water.

To date, Billion Oyster Project has planted 25 million oysters so far, engaging 6,000+ students, 9,000+ volunteers, and 60+ NYC restaurant partners. The project’s hands-on science and restoration curriculum is taught at 70 schools across the city. To follow the journey toward 1 billion oysters restored, subscribe to Billion Oyster Project’s e-newsletter at, and follow @billionoyster on Twitter and Instagram and @billionoysterproject on Facebook.