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Digging for Answers

by ericarunsamerica on October 12th, 2013

Hey Stony Brook!

Have you ever heard of “earthworm ecotoxicology?”

Earthworms are one species of animal greatly affected by the “stuff” put onto/into the Earth…since they live in “earth” itself!

Stony Brook University Sustainability Studies Program (and other interested students) have the awesome opportunity to take part in an ongoing hands-on research project headed by Dr. Sharon Pochron.

The project entails taking a look at the effects of potential toxins on the health and survival of earthworms, and conducting experiments to find the answers to a variety of questions, including:

  • -Does acid rain kill earthworms?
  • -Does Roundup cause earthworms to lose weight?
  • -Does fertilizer cause infertility in earthworms?

Dr. Pochron takes students on who would like to earn one to three research credits, or just serve as project volunteers. Students have the opportunity to select, research, and present their experiment to the public during Earthstock and to URECA.
In addition, students could potentially get their work published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal!

Gabby and Anna

Checking on the worms!

Performing an acid treatment to see its effects on the worms!

Performing an acid treatment to see its effects on the worms!


It’s dirty work, but someone’s gotta do it!


Can you dig it?

peace. love. run.


From → Erica

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