The Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory’s “Earth 2 Class” (E2C), a science, math, and technology program for K-12 educators, students, and the public, was held. The class provides direct access to New York and New Jersey scientists on the leading edge of paleoclimate and earth science research. Dr. Brachfeld and Lee Stevens, Senior Media Specialist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, discussed preliminary discoveries, research in progress, and STEM education and outreach initiatives related to International Ocean Discovery Program Expedition 382 to “Iceberg Alley,” Scotia Sea, Antarctica.
Dr. Brachfeld and Ms. Stevens sailed together on this enormously successful expedition in March-May, 2019, which was profiled on CBS News Earth Day 2019 and on BBC News, among other venues. The sedimentary records collected during this expedition provide a window into the stability and dynamics of the Antarctic Ice Sheet, its interactions with the atmosphere, ocean, and its impact on global sea level over the past 3 million years. Dr. Brachfeld also discussed the applications of magnetism and electron microscopy to these studies.