Adam Feher '23 discusses his poster presentation at the annual Maine Sustainability and Water... Adam Feher '23 discusses his poster presentation at the annual Maine Sustainability and Water Conference.

Hallie Arno ’22, Ben Capuano ’23, Adam Feher ’23, Ludwin Moran ’24, and Lenka Slamova ’24 presented posters featuring their independent study research at the Maine Sustainability and Water Conference. Isaac Dionne ’22 also attended the conference to learn about PFAS in Maine in preparation for his senior project work at MDI Biolab.

Poster by Adam Feher '23 on arsenic abundance in argula and kale. Poster by Adam Feher '23 on arsenic abundance in argula and kale.

Capuano, Feher, Moran, and Slamova all presented on subprojects of the All About Arsenic program (hosted at MDI Biological Laboratory and funded by an National Institutes of Health SEPA supplement award). Feher and Slamova developed their projects during summer 2021 as interns at MDIBL. Capuano and Moran had the opportunity to refine their analyses this past term in the Topics in Research: Geoscience and Geochemistry course, taught by professors Sarah Hall and Reuben Hudson.

Poster by Ben Capuano '23 on precipitation-mediated fluctuations of well water arsenic in Hancock... Poster by Ben Capuano ’23 on precipitation-mediated fluctuations of well water arsenic in Hancock County, ME.

Capuano focused on the temporal changes in local well water quality, specifically after storm events (funded in part by Maine Space Grant and SEPA supplement). Feher was interested in assessing arsenic uptake by plants groundwater or soil. Moran looked at how different well water system filters influence drinking water chemistry. Arno has worked closely with her senior project advisor, professor Ken Cline, to develop her project on the social aspects of dam removal in Camden, ME (funded by Maine Space Grant).

Poster by Lenka Slamova '24 on the orchard soils of northern Mount Desert Island harbor and resid... Poster by Lenka Slamova ’24 on the orchard soils of northern Mount Desert Island harbor and residuals from historical arsenical pesticide use.

Slamova studied soil chemistry in apple orchards of Mount Desert Island and Trenton to look for evidence of arsenical pesticide use. She won an Honorable Mention award, with a cash prize, for Best Undergraduate Poster!