IGERT students from UMB went down to New York City to contribute to Submerge Marine Science Festival. The event was held on a beautiful day at Hudson River Park with 6,500 people in attendance. UMass Boston students lead an activity that challenged people to make a “phytoplankton” out of art supplies that would neither sink nor float, but instead be neutrally buoyant. This was intended to represent a phytoplankton living in the photic zone. Many kids and even some adults took on the challenge and a few succeeded in making a neutrally buoyant “phytoplankton.”

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