Natural Sciences faculty and students participate in Day in the Life of the Hudson River

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Wednesday October 21, 2015

On Oct. 20, 2015, Nyack College biology majors and Department of Natural Sciences faculty (Dr. Peter Park and Dr. Daniel Kaluka) participated in the "Day in the Life of the Hudson River" Ecology Research Event. Our students partnered with SUNY Rockland’s Nancy Arias and her students to jointly collect valuable research data on the Hudson River at the Hook Mountain Nyack Beach site.

They collected data on some of the Hudson River’s 200-plus species of fish and also examined the physical and chemical aspects of the river with a wide-range of equipment. Spanning over 70 sites from Troy to Staten Island, “Day in the Life” brought together over 5,000 students from 100 different schools, institutions, and organizations to simultaneously survey and study the Hudson River. 

“More than a field trip, ‘Day in the Life’ trains students to use hands-on field techniques to describe their communities’ natural resources, and explore how their piece of the river fits into the larger ecosystem. Initial findings are posted online within a few days of the event. Scientists will work with students as they actively investigate the river ecosystem, measuring water chemistry, examining small sediment cores, collecting plankton, donning waders to seine for fish and looking at possible changes to the area from rising sea level.” – NYS DEC, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

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