Scientists are puzzled by the amount of methane in the ocean, so Clarissa Troutman ’22 is looking for answers

Clarissa Troutman ’22 is digging into the so-called “marine methane paradox” this summer. She is one of the students participating in summer research at Puget Sound. Working alongside her faculty advisor, Professor Oscar Sosa, Troutman collects samples of seawater and plankton from Commencement Bay, enriches them in the lab, and then measures their methane concentration. Her research is helping scientists understand the role of plankton in the global carbon cycle.

Check out the videos below to learn more about Troutman’s summer research project: