This year, MARMACS was held at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, NY.
Rosie Wenrich, a junior Biology major, presented a poster, “Tracing Marine Particulate Organic Carbon from Primary Production to Sedimentation,” on the environmental chemistry research she conducts with Prof. Leri. Rosie works in the 6th-floor chemistry lab at Marymount Manhattan, using attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform-infrared (ATR-FT-IR) spectroscopy to characterize marine organic matter samples from the Arabian Sea. Her research focuses on the types of organic molecules that become buried in sediment, shedding light on a sedimentary sink for atmospheric carbon. Rosie has been conducting research with Prof. Leri since her sophomore year.
Prof. Leri also presented research at MARMACS, in a talk entitled “Bromination of Soil Organic Particulates through Abiotic Mechanisms.” Her talk detailed the role of bromide as a versatile electron donor in reactions that potentially contribute to the degradation and preservation of organic matter in forest soil.