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Erie teacher selected to join PA Sea Grant for scientific exploration of Lake Erie

Erie teacher selected to join PA Sea Grant for scientific exploration of Lake Erie

Erie teacher selected to join PA Sea Grant for scientific exploration of Lake Erie

(WJET/WFXP)– An Erie teacher will join Pennsylvania Sea Grant along with 14 other teachers from around the country for a week-long scientific exploration of Lake Erie.

Casey Keating, an interpretive naturalist at Asbury Woods, will spend the week of July 7 aboard the EPA research vessel. Guardian of the lake Exploring microplastics, benthic organisms, cyanobacteria, and other topics specific to Lake Erie alongside scientists and researchers from the Sea Grant Center for Great Lakes Literacy (CGLL) and Great Lakes scientists.


Keating will be joined by two other Pennsylvania teachers, Brienne May of Murrysville, PA and Sarah Sato of Landenberg, PA, who were chosen from a pool of 115 applicants from the Great Lakes region.

“This experience will be particularly relevant to my work because many of the field trips and programs we offer are water-related, and Asbury Woods is in the Lake Erie watershed, so we often teach about the fate of water and how our actions affect our natural environment. I plan to use the experience to develop new programs that focus on how water travels, how it shapes watersheds and the world around us, and how it supports such diverse life,” Keating said.

Each year, the Lake Guardian Onboard Workshop changes the Great Lake they sail on to give educators the opportunity to live and work alongside Great Lakes scientists on a ship that conducts critical research while building relationships with other researchers and educators and then bringing that experience back to their classrooms.

The research workshop is scheduled to set sail July 7 from Cleveland, Ohio, with shore excursions planned to Erie, Pennsylvania, and Put-In-Bay, Ohio, before concluding in Cleveland.

For more information on Pennsylvania Sea Grant and its critical research, you can check out their website here.