EarthEcho Expeditions Virtual Field Trip: Into the Dead Zone

Join us and Dr. Sturdivant as we take a deep dive into the preeminent scourge of our ocean, dead zones. Dead zones are hypoxic (low-oxygen) areas in the world's oceans and large lakes, caused by excessive nutrient pollution from human activities coupled with other factors that deplete the oxygen required to support most marine life in bottom and near-bottom water.

Into the Dead Zone

How-To Install a Rain Barrel

Beyond the Dead Zone

EarthEcho Youth Taking Action

Shell Shocked

Dead Zones Around the World

This lesson plan utilizes Google's My Maps and real data compiled by the World Resources Institute to examine eutrophicatic events around the United States and countries across the world.

Into the Dead Zone

Video Worksheet: What Happens When We Eat?

Into the Dead Zone

RainCheck: A Guide for Stormwater Action

Into the Dead Zone

Scientist Profile: Sally Hurlbert

Looking out on the Big Meadow in Shenandoah National Park, it’s not hard to understand what drew Sally Hurlbert to her job here and also what has kept her here for a number of years. Sally is a Park Ranger in Shenandoah National Park, a job that allows her to combine her deep love of the natural world with a talent for sharing her knowledge with others. Her work as an outdoor educator allows Sally to teach people about the natural resources of the park. This allows her to explore many different disciplines of science like wildlife biology, botany, aquatic biology and chemistry, and geology.

Into the Dead Zone

Scientist Profile: Kevin Lutz

Kevin Lutz is an Agriculture Conservation Technician and Assistant Agriculture Program Manager with the Lancaster County Conservation District. This scientist works with farmers to protect their land and the associated local waterways. He can be found doing everything from checking the construction of a manure storage facility on a dairy farm to walking fields and developing a conservation plan on a hog farm to comparing water quality reading in local streams. Sometimes he can even be found selling trees at the Conservation District’s annual tree sale! The variety in his job keeps it exciting, while the end result keeps it rewarding.

Into the Dead Zone

Scientist Profile: Dr. Beth McGee

For Dr. Beth McGee, a Senior Water Quality Scientist at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, science is all about passion and the outdoors. Dr. McGee has always loved running through streams, catching fish and tadpoles, and hiking in the woods, so her job as a scientist is an extension of that. She is captivated by figuring out how things in nature “work.” She says, “Whether it is how animals adapt to their environment or how temperature affects ecosystem processes. I find it all fascinating.”

Into the Dead Zone

Scientist Profile: Stephen Reiling

When most people think of Washington, D.C. they think of a large city with a lot of concrete and not a lot of nature. For Stephen Reiling, an Environmental Protection Specialist in the Water Protection Division of the District Department of the Environment, there’s is a lot more to D.C. than concrete and office buildings. His job brings him to a lot of the beautiful, natural places within city limits that many local residents don’t notice.

Into the Dead Zone