Hi! I’m Liz Coward. I am a junior Biology major and Geology minor. I have been doing research with Prof. White since Spring 2010, investigating the microbial degradation of oil and other toxins in marine sediments. More specifically, I work with incubations containing sediments from Eagle Harbor, WA that have been severely contaminated with creosote in an effort to determine the effects microbial populations might have in varying soil profiles. I have also been working with samples collected in Prof. White’s Superlab course this past semester from the Jones River, MA and looking at the association of different contaminants to different size sediment particles.
This is my first summer research experience at Haverford, and it has been great! Although not a Chemistry major, I am very interested in interdisciplinary work, especially involving environmental sciences, and have learned so much in the past 5 weeks! Going on field expeditions and other trips with the lab has been so much fun. I am looking forward to these next short weeks and more adventures, both within the lab and outside of it.