Two William Floyd High School student scientists, Victoria Cordova-Morote and Angela Ochoa, recently received honorable mention awards at the Long Island Science & Engineering Fair junior varsity division for their research comparing the vertebrate biodiversity using environmental DNA within Zostera (seagrass) marina patches.
According to their science research teacher, Victoria Hernandez, the students hypothesized that as bed density increased, vertebrate biodiversity would increase. “The data supported their hypothesis wonderfully!” said Mrs. Hernandez. “As bed density increased, vertebrate biodiversity increased. Additionally, sparse beds were almost the same statistically as their control region.” This project was completed in collaboration with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s DNA Learning Center.