High Schoolers Delve Into Piermont Marsh at Lamont-Doherty

August 30, 2012

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For six weeks, program interns collected and analyzed data that will help answer questions about human impact on wetlands.

While some of her friends spent the summer working in retail, Sylvia Pericles, a Staten Island high school student, was ankle-deep in a marsh in Piermont, N.Y. Some days were filled with the hard manual labor of chopping down an invasive reed that was overtaking the wetland. Other days were spent kneeling in the mud, collecting samples or counting marsh plants. And every day, she tread carefully: One misstep often landed her waist-deep in mud that caked her skin and clothes until she could return to the lab to change, hose off her shoes and record her data.

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