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Caumsett State Park Welcomes a New Species

Checkerspot butterfly at Caumsett State Park.

Victoria Leonard

June 12, 2020

The Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly colonies have created a healthy and safe habitat at Caumsett State Park, located on Long Island. This species was recorded as extinct until its reappearance back in 2009 when it was spotted at Caumsett State Park. As the population of this new species began to rise and...

The East Asian Burglar

Japanese Knotweed, or Reynoutria japonica, a relatively innocent looking but vicious intruder.

Amber Connell and Leena Alzafarani

June 10, 2020

No fancy security system can protect you from this intruder; it breaks in at any moment! It can go under your walls or through them and is 3 meters tall. This intruder is a PLANT known as Japanese Knotweed or Reynoutria japonica. After it infiltrated our country during the late 18th century disgui...

Brentwood Students Named Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Challenge State Finalists

Brentwood High School's Samsung Team.

Juan Delgado, Juliana Sandoval, and Josh Castellanos

June 9, 2020

The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow challenge is a national research competition, looking for students to put their revolutionary ideas into action.  We did that this past year as sophomores in the high school research lab.  We aimed to develop a method for restoring salt marshes. Salt marshes offer coastal...

A Solution To Pollution

A panda made from a soda bottle, foam balls, paper mache, and a magazine.

Nabihah Ahsan

June 9, 2020

For years now, researchers around the world have focused their studies on one central question. A question that if answered, could save millions of animals from dying each year. That question is focused on plastic pollution and how we can effectively reduce its amount in lands and oceans? But wait...

Mycelium Based Packaging? How Fungi Is Gradually Taking Over the World

An illustration of oyster mushrooms.

Ashley Alcantara

June 8, 2020

Have you ever wondered if the world could go back to its pollution-free state? Is this even possible with how our world is at present? Surprisingly, it is possible if we look to science for the answers. In recent research and experimentation, scientists, engineers, and artists have turned to Pleurotus ostreatus, or oyster mushro...

Rebuilding Long Island Salt Marshes

Assessing the Spartina alterniflora. Spartina alterniflora infused with Guar gum withers and turns yellow.

Roberto Lopez, Ricardo Lopez, and Ashley Santin

June 4, 2020

Salt marshes are coastal wetlands that are responsible for water purification, erosion control, nutrient sequestration and nursery habitats for fish. They also protect citizens from storms by absorbing aggressive wave action. Without salt marshes a landmass could be slowly eroded away. The more a ...

Marsh Invader: Phragmites Australis

Rosmery Moran and Dr. Grella conduct a sediment sample at the Flax Pond Salt March in Old Field, N.Y.

Rosmery Moran

June 3, 2020

This study investigates the durability of invasive Phragmites australis against freshwater and saltwater intrusion. Phragmites australis is a tall perennial grass that can grow to over 15 feet in height and it can be found in just about every continent on this Earth. Although the effects of salinity...

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