Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival 2020

Program 10 - KID'S PLANET

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Your purchase of a ticket to Program 10 includes 4 films/extras, including the "Kids Ask the Academy Scientists! + Youth Advocacy" recording.


If you weren't able to join us for the special livestream the Academy held on Thursday, you can watch the recording here! Children ask the Directors of Microplastic Madness, Atsuko Quirk and Debby Lee Cohen, and Academy Scientists, Marie Kurz, PhD. (Senior Scientist & Biogeochemistry Section Leader, Patrick Center for Environmental Research) and Beth Watson, PhD.(Wetlands Section Leader, Patrick Center for Environmental Research) questions about water quality and pollution that is too small to see. Moderated by Mazzi Ingram (WINS student). Part of the Academy's Earth & Water week.

BONUS: Mazzi Ingram speaks with Directors Atsuko and Debby Lee about their shared passion for Youth Advocacy following the recording of the "Kids Ask" event. This portion begins at time-mark 29:50 of the video.

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Marie Kurz, PhD

Environmental Biogeochemistry, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Hydro-eco-geochemical controls on the sources and cycling of solutes in aquatic ecosystems; Reciprocal interactions between solute availability, transport & retention, and ecosystem structure & function; Groundwater-surface water interactions; Linking catchment-scale patterns in solute & ecosystem dynamics to process understanding; Restoration & management of water resources & aquatic ecosystems.

Elizabeth Watson, PhD

Wetlands Scientist, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Dr. Elizabeth Watson is a wetland scientist interested in the responses of coastal estuaries and to human impacts and climate change, and the role of wetlands in global biogeochemical cycles. Current projects include the implementation and success of coastal climate-adaptation strategies in southern New England, developing indicators of nutrient enrichment for Long Island, NY estuaries, using CT scans to visualize belowground biomass of wetland plants, toxicological effects of macroalage, and the 150-year reconstruction of cumulative nitrogen pollution in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island.