Introducing Carolyne!

Introducing Carolyne!

All of us at the STEM Center would like to welcome one of our new graduate assistants, Carolyne. Carolyne is joining our Environmental Health Investigators team. In this post, Carolyne has developed her Environmental PhotoVoice narrative. PhotoVoice is one of the teaching tools we will be exploring this year with participants in our Environmental Health Investigators program.

Hello my name is Carolyne! I am a graduate assistant in SIUE’s STEM center working on the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA). I am attaining a master’s degree in environmental science with a focus on environmental education.

In the above photo, I am standing in my yard, in Maryland, amongst the flowers I grew this summer. To keep the flowers healthy, I fertilized the soil during seed planting and watered them throughout the summer. I live in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and a problem in this area is that nutrients from fertilizer runoff into drains and ultimately end up polluting the bay. The bay is a huge part of our local economy and culture, especially for the Chesapeake blue crabs that live in the bay. The blue crabs are our state crustacean and every Marylanders favorite food. To support the health of the bay and local food systems, I minimize the runoff that will occur by not fertilizing before heavy rains, and I encourage others to do the same.