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Duke TIP Summer Programs Visit USGS

Students from the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP), a summer program for middle and high school students, visited the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center.

This article is part of the August-September 2016 issue of the Sound Waves newsletter.

The USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center hosted groups of students participating in Duke University's Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) summer programs for middle and high school students.

A man stands at a podium near a screen with an image projected onto it, he is talking to a group of kids.
Nathaniel Plant gives a presentation about hurricane prediction and coastal impacts.
A woman stands facing and talking with a group of seated kids, and a screen in front of the kids shows a projected image.
Hilary Stockdon demonstrates the USGS Coastal Change Hazards Portal.

Research oceanographers Hilary Stockdon and Nathaniel Plant presented to students from the Duke TIP CRISIS (Creative Resolutions of Impending Situations with Intelligent Solutions) program at Eckerd College. The Duke TIP CRISIS is a one-week summer residential program for fifth and sixth graders who are members of the Duke TIP 4th–6th Grade program. Through problem-based learning, CRISIS builds leadership and teamwork skills by asking students to assume the role of a professional on a research team—collaborating with team members to solve a community crisis. This year the program’s focus was “Hurricanes: impacts, research, and response.” Stockdon and Plant shared their research on nearshore processes, coastal geomorphology, and large-scale coastal behavior that informs predictions of coastal response to storm events. A demonstration of the USGS Coastal Change Hazards Portal allowed students to explore the probability of storm-induced coastal change impacts along the U.S. coastline.

A group of school kids stand around a box with models of structures like houses placed on sand.
Students from the Duke TIP CRISIS (Creative Resolutions of Impending Situations with Intelligent Solutions) Summer Program examine the impacts to the barrier island they constructed in the coastal erosion model at the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center.

Geologist Ginger Tiling-Range gave a presentation about the effects of hurricanes on mangrove ecosystems. The presentation focused on comparing the effects of Hurricane Andrew and Hurricane Wilma on Everglades National Park, specifically addressing wind effects and the resulting defoliation, storm surge, and erosion, as well as sediment deposition.
Physical scientist and outreach and education coordinator Kira Barrera gave tours of the center and showed the students a coastal erosion model that simulates hurricane impacts to a barrier island.

Research microbiologist Dale Griffin presented to high school students participating in the Duke TIP Blue Gold: Science, Engineering, and the Future of Water program, a two-week residential field study program that focused on water management, policy and global water issues. Griffin highlighted the importance of water quality research and shared several of his past and present projects including African dust studies and the impacts of pollution on coral reefs.

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