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Researchers talk about what they're doing outside the lab to protect our planet and how their training as scientists informs those efforts.


A deeper understanding of petroleum molecules is shedding a harsh light on how some of them behave in our environment.

Representation of perfluorooctanesulfonate (or PFOS), one kind of PFAS molecule commonly used in fire-fighting foams. PFAS are known as “forever chemicals” due to the very strong bonds behind fluorine atoms (depicted in blue) and carbon atoms (depicted in white).

Some manmade chemicals feature bonds so strong they could last forever. And that's a life-threatening problem.

Fish and coral reefs

Florida scientists are helping coral protect itself against nitrogen overload.

Organic geochemist Isabel Romero (left) tapped the expertise of MagLab chemist Amy McKenna (seated) to run her experiments on ocean sediments impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Thanks to the MagLab’s expertise and unique instruments, a geochemist finds a treasure trove of oil-spill data buried beneath the sea.

Area residents watch as Florida State University graduate student Travis Drake collects water samples from a stream in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Water samples collected from the heart of Africa contain clues about carbon cycling worldwide.

A world map in a jigsaw format

Members of a sprawling science team piece together the puzzle of biochar, a promising tool in the fight against global warming.

A world map

Studying dissolved organic matter helps us better understand our diverse and changing planet.

A piece of the meteorite Gujba.

At research conducted at the MagLab, a young geochemist uncovers the surprisingly violent origins of a meteorite.