Hi There! My name is Ken Takagi and I am a 2011-2012 National Science Foundation GK12 Graduate Fellow at Boston University. The NSF GK12 Graduate Fellowship places graduate students (like myself) in local elementary and middle schools to work with science teachers to enhance the science curriculum and bridge the gap between the science being conducted at universities (such as BU) and the science being taught in middle schools.
I am working with Ryan Keser, a 7th and 8th grade science teacher at Amos A. Lawrence Middle School in Brookline, MA. Together we have developed lessons on atmosphere composition and circulation, albedo, and cloud formation. I plan on putting these lessons on my webpage for others to use. We are also planning on developing a soils unit in the spring, which will teach students about the importance of soil and it’s role in the environment.
A little bit about myself: I’m a third year PhD student in the Earth Science department at Boston University. My research uses isotope geochemistry to better understand the cycling of nutrients in forested ecosystems. We are currently assessing the applicability of stable Ca isotopes as a new tool for biogeochemists to track the movement of Ca through these ecosystems. I have one field site in New Hampshire (Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest) were we are measuring Ca isotopes to understand the response and recovery of northeastern forests to anthropogenic disturbance, such as acid deposition and forest harvesting. In the spring I will be conducting field work in Puerto Rico (Luquillo Long Term Experimental Forest), comparing nutrient cycling in a temporate vs. tropical ecosystem.