On Saturday, May 6, 2017, senior Biology major Rosie Wenrich delivered an oral presentation at the 65th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium of the American Chemical Society, which was held at Fordham University in the Bronx. Rosie spoke about the research she conducts with Prof. Alessandra Leri on the chemistry of organic matter in the oceans. Her talk was entitled “Oxidation-Induced Changes in Marine Biomass: From Phytoplankton to Sedimentary Organic Matter.” Rosie’s work examines the molecular structure of highly recalcitrant forms of carbon. The goal of her research is to elucidate the natural mechanisms by which carbon is sequestered on the ocean floor, away from the atmosphere.
A full program of the day’s events at Fordham can be found here.