Student Scientists Record Genetic Secrets Of Sea Life

By: Alan Pollock

Topics: Veterans

Monomoy High School student scientists (from left) Maddie Leonard, Livia Graham and Jacob Poitras show off a young striped bass they netted from Pleasant Bay.  ALAN POLLOCK PHOTO

EAST HARWICH Biology students from Monomoy Regional High School got waist-deep in science last week during a cooperative research project held at Pleasant Bay Community Boating.

The teens collected marine life from the bay and its shoreline, taking tiny samples for DNA testing. Part of the “Bioblitz” project organized by Northeastern University's Ocean Genome Legacy Center, the effort aims to preserve a genetic snapshot of today's marine life. 

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This year's Bioblitz, the second held at Pleasant Bay Community Boating, included partners from the Center for Coastal Studies, the Chatham and Orleans shellfish departments, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance. Funding for the project came from two anonymous donors.