Explore with Earthwatch.
Since 2007-08, as part of its professional development program, Marymount has collaborated with the Earthwatch Institute to offer teachers the opportunity to work with scientists in conservation and field research around the world. As Earthwatch Live from the Field Fellows, the teachers share their experiences with Marymount students through videoconferencing and blogging as well as in assemblies upon their return to New York.
In January 2008, Upper School math teacher Ms. O’Doherty spent ten days in Costa Rica studying and tracking leatherback turtles. In February 2009, Upper School history and economics teacher Dr. Cornelis traveled to the Artic’s edge and worked with a team of researchers studying temperature and climate change. Their experiences in the field enriched the whole community.

Teachers in Action:

Class IV homeroom teacher Ms. LeSage travelled along wildlife trails of Red Butte Canyon, Utah, tracking ungulates and other wildlife in winter 2010, and later Middle School counselor Ms. Graham joined an Earthwatch team to study volcanoes in Nicaragua. 
In January 2011, PreKindergarten teacher Kathy Egan joined Earthwatch’s ongoing Costa Rican sea turtle study as Fiona O’Doherty had earlier; she skyped daily with students and kept a blog of her experience. World languages department chair Christine Tesson traveled in February to San Salvador Island to assist with the Bahamian reef survey; she kept the community updated on her activities through her blog.
n February 2012, Jennifer Croson, Upper and Lower School art teacher, and Anne Townsend, Middle School social studies and math teacher, traveled to Kenya to work at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy south of Nairobi under the leadership of Dr. Geoffrey Wahungu studying the ecology of the black rhino in an enclosed savannah habitat. Ms. Croson and Ms. Townsend kept the community informed of their scientific fieldwork in their blog entries during the expedition and in assemblies after their return.
In February 2013, Linda Liang, Lower Middle School mathematics teacher, spent a week in Louisiana studying the common loon. The research expedition studied the effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the common loon in the Gulf of Mexico. In order to do, scientists had to measure the level of toxic hydrocarbons from petroleum in the animals’ blood and observe whether the level of the toxins in the loons’ blood is rising over time. Ms. Liang participated in the expedition by observing the loons’ behavior from the shoreline, recording their behavior, and capturing loons. “One of the exciting aspects of an Earthwatch expedition,” she said, “is working with scientists in the field who are constantly posing questions, thinking of a hypothesis, designing experiments to test the hypothesis, and collection data. This is the scientific method in action!”