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Algae as Biofuel: Navigating Towards a Better Future

Photo: Sampling Photo: Sampling

Since 2010, Sea-Legs cadets have been sailing to help find a solution to the world's energy crisis. Working with members of the research group NAABB (National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts), Sea-Legs cadets are collecting marine water samples at selected points throughout Long Island Sound and sending them to LEAP, a biology laboratory at Brooklyn College, New York. Biologists there receive the samples and isolate microalgae living in the water to grow for analysis. Some of these algae strains are rich in oil, and the strains that have the most oil and grow the best are passed to other NAAABB labs for further experimentation. There are over 30 labs working together to discover the best way to convert algae effectively into biofuel! Sea-Legs is proud to be a participant in the search for the next step in energy innovation.

Photo: LEAP Photo: LEAP Photo: LEAP

Sampling Locations and Schedule

In the map below, you can see where we took our water samples. We took our samples in a grid with about one nautical mile between points. The number on the red dot shows the order we took the samples in. You can click a sample site to see when it was taken and what its coordinates were.


Sample #Date TakenLatitudeLongitude
106/21/1141°16.9'72°04.4'
206/21/1141°19.0'72°04.6'
306/21/1141°16.2'72°04.2'
406/21/1141°16.0'72°04.5'
506/30/1141°18.0'72°04.5'
606/30/1141°18.0'72°05.7'
706/30/1141°18.0'72°03.0'
806/30/1141°18.0'72°06.0'
907/05/1141°17.0'72°03.0'
1007/05/1141°17.0'72°02.0'
1107/05/1141°17.0'72°05.7'
1207/16/1141°16.0'72°03.0'
1307/16/1141°16.0'72°02.0'
1407/16/1141°16.0'72°00.3'
1507/19/1141°16.0'72°00.3'
1607/19/1141°17.0'72°00.3'
1707/19/1141°18.0'72°02.8'
1807/19/1141°19.0'72°03.0'
1907/28/1141°18.0'71°58.0'
2007/28/1141°19.0'71°58.0'
2107/28/1141°17.0'72°58.2'
2208/02/1141°15.0'72°03.0'
2308/02/1141°15.0'72°04.0'
2408/02/1141°15.0'72°05.0'

NAABB is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
More info on algal strain isolation >>

Special thanks to Sea-Legs graduate and assistant Isaac Davis for creating the sampling map and table of locations.

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