Teacher at Sea – R/V Melville – California Current, CA
Ms. Sutton boarded the Research Vessel Melville in San Diego, CA to complete her fourth Teacher at Sea experience. She worked with scientists from UNC’s Institute of Marine Sciences as they investigated the impact of iron limitation on the distribution and physiology of diatoms. Diatoms are single-celled phytoplankton, which supply about 20% of the oxygen we breathe. The scientists Ms. Sutton worked with visited her science classes prior to the expedition to discuss the upcoming research with her students. Ms. Sutton also conducted some of the experiments her students designed while she was out to sea.
Funding for this research experience was provided by NSF Grant #1334935.