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ESP Biography



LORRAINE LING, Postdoctoral Scholar




Major: Genetics

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: Not available.

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

During my journey as a scientist, I've studied sex in tiny worms, how soybeans can help prevent cancer, a protein enzyme that converts fat to fuel, and a trash can inside bacteria. Now I study how corals & sea anemones respond to climate change. All this time, I've been driven by a passion to understand how the world works. Teaching with SPLASH is a great way to show that we all have a scientist inside us.



Past Classes

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B7165: Chasing Coral in Splash Spring 2019 (May. 04 - 05, 2019)
Coral reefs cover less than 1% of the ocean floor, but have up to 25% of all marine biodiversity. They bring in billions of dollars through tourism and fisheries! Come learn about coral reefs, how they have been impacted by climate change, and ways people are trying to protect them. The class will include hands-on activities on coral bleaching and coral natural “sunscreen”, along with ocean acidification experiments and microscope demonstrations. The class will also show video clips from the Netflix documentary “Chasing Coral”.


B6397: Chasing Coral in Splash Spring 2018 (May. 05 - 06, 2018)
Coral reefs cover less than 1% of the ocean floor, but have up to 25% of all marine biodiversity! Students will learn about coral reefs, how they have been impacted by climate change, and ways people are trying to protect them. The class will include hands-on activities and science experiments.


B6027: Symbiosis: A Love Story between Corals and Dinoflagellates in Splash Fall 2017 (Nov. 11 - 12, 2017)
Around the world, coral reefs are threatened by environmental stress both locally, such as pollution, and globally, such as ocean acidification and rising sea temperatures. These severe environmental stressors are leading to the phenomenon of “coral bleaching.” Why do corals turn white-colored during bleaching? What is a "dinoflagellate" and why are they important for corals? Students will explore how environmental stress affects corals through hands-on demonstrations of ocean chemistry, experiment with sea anemones, view living coral and bleached coral, and gain an understanding of symbiosis.


B5816: Symbiosis: A Love Story Between Corals and Dinoflagellates in Splash Spring 2017 (Apr. 22 - 23, 2017)
Around the world, coral reefs are experiencing severe environmental stress and turning white, a.k.a "bleaching." What's going on during bleaching? What role do dinoflagellates (microscopic algae) play? And how can we test it? Students will explore the science of symbiosis and current research through hands-on demonstrations with sea anemones.


B5184: Symbiosis: a love story between corals and dinoflagellates in Splash Fall 2016 (Dec. 03 - 04, 2016)
Around the world, coral reefs are experiencing severe environmental stress and turning white, a.k.a "bleaching." What's going on during bleaching? What role do dinoflagellates (microscopic algae) play? And how can we test it? Students will explore the science of symbiosis and current research through hands-on demonstrations and light microscopy with sea anemones.


B5034: Symbiosis: a love story between corals and dinoflagellates in Splash Spring 2016 (Apr. 09 - 10, 2016)
Around the world, coral reefs are experiencing severe environmental stress and turning white, a.k.a "bleaching." What's going on during bleaching? What role do dinoflagellates (microscopic algae) play? And how can we test it? Students will explore the science of symbiosis and current research through hands-on demonstrations and light microscopy with sea anemones.


B4375: Symbiosis: a love story between corals and dinoflagellates in Splash Spring 2015 (Apr. 11 - 12, 2015)
Around the world, coral reefs are experiencing severe environmental stress and turning white, a.k.a "bleaching." What's going on during bleaching? What role do dinoflagellates (microscopic algae) play? And how can we test it? Students will explore the science of symbiosis and current research through hands-on demonstrations with sea anemones.