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The Broader Impacts Group humanizes science. We are a student-run volunteer organization, and we want to bring the things that fascinate us beyond our peers.


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Recent Blog Posts

Disturbance and Resilience in Ecosystems

By Alia Hidayat | December 8, 2019

Written by: Lauren Dykman   Biological systems are constantly shifting as they react to perturbations from outside forces. Natural disturbance is a powerful driver of species distribution in both terrestrial and marine ecosystems. Humans, however, are causing an unprecedented increase in the frequency and intensity of disturbance to habitat, which raises several urgent questions. How…

Harmful Algal Bloom Symposium 2019: Bringing community needs to the forefront of HAB science

By Alia Hidayat | December 4, 2019

Written by: Alia Hidayat   Last month, I packed my bags and made the trek out of the quickly cooling Northeast to Orange Beach, Alabama. The reason? To nerd out about all things algae at the national Harmful Algal Bloom symposium. It was a week-long deep dive into the current science on harmful algal blooms,…

Oceanographic instrument development, a first step to exploring the unexplored

By Alia Hidayat | November 22, 2019

Written by: Kalina C. Grabb Putting the exploration in oceanography The ocean remains largely unexplored. NOAA and National Geographic state that 80% of the ocean floor remains “unmapped, unobserved, and unexplored.” This is a decrease  from just two decades ago, when 95% of the ocean was unexplored. While this appears like a lot of progress,…

My Battle with Anxiety in (Daily Life and) Graduate School

By Alia Hidayat | November 14, 2019

Written by: Jessica Dabrowski For more of Jessica’s writing, you can visit her personal blog here: Hey there! I’m Jessica Dabrowski, a current 3rd year and PhD candidate in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program, and I have anxiety. I choose to say this in the first sentence of this blog post because it needs to…

Fall fun: apple history and breeding

By Alia Hidayat | November 7, 2019

Written by: Arianna Krinos   Did you go on an apple picking trip, or otherwise gather your share of apples this fall? If so, you may be eating those well into the Winter. Apples are a sound economic choice for a harvest activity—unlike a pint of blueberries, typically, you can pick several pounds of apples…

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