Archive for: July, 2022

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underwater Inner Harbor

July 13, 2022, 10:00 AM – 12:15 PM. Biodiversity Study, sampling BioBuggy project at the National Aquarium “floating wetlands,” location off of Pier III. Baltimore Inner Harbor. 3m below the surface of the water. Location of Pier III biodisk. “hydro-chime” biofilm sampling experiment, Dr. Eric Schott, IMET, “floating wetlands” experiment, Charmaine Dahlenburg, National Aquarium, and Stephen Bradley, underwater video, and sound. Baltimore Inner Harbor, Maryland The videos are shot at the same location approximately a month apart. There is a stricking difference between the two video works. The first date, July 13, air temperature was around 84 degress, humdity 63% slightly overcast. There are many more critters present, less debris. The second date, August 9, air temperature was 91 degress, humidity, 94. There was much more debris in the harbor, fewer critters and less visibility. Soon after the footage was taken, there was what scientists call a turnover event. Basically, […]

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BB & biodiversity

NOTE: above photo is Langston Gash (with the National Aquarium) using the BioBuggy disecting microscope to collect samples and video document critters growing on the biodisk. The next step will be to take the samples and conduct DNA processing to scientifically identify the critters. Baltimore Harbor’s Biodiversity – IMET

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– mobilizing community art & science. BioBuggy, a mobile art and science laboratory on wheels, was designed and envisioned by media artist, Stephen Bradley, and scientist, Dr. Eric Schott. Other key contributors to the development and use of the BioBuggy include Charmaine Dahlenburg, Director of Field Conservation, National Aquarium, and many Brooklyn, Curtis Bay, and Middle Branch (southeast Baltimore City) community members The big-picture goal of BioBuggy is to increase the connection that urban residents feel for the living resources in nearby estuaries that they both enjoy and affect. We seek to accomplish this connection by inviting them to observe and listen to the small, sessile organisms in the estuary (harbor) with the aid of a mobile microscope, video screen, and hydrophone (underwater) listening device.  Once drawn to the cart, a passer-by is invited by estuarine science and art students who will staff the device to follow their curiosity about […]