[Coral-List] Carbon footprint - molecular biology

Annika Noreen anoreen at gmail.com
Mon Dec 17 18:35:05 EST 2007

The carbon footprint directly related to my own work is something I
have been thinking about for a while.  I am a PhD student working in a
molecular biology lab (on coral population genetics) and I estimate
that I have gone through at least 50,000 tips and an equal number of
eppendorf tubes, vials, etc...  on this single project.  I thought
about keeping track of my tip-and-tube usage from the start, but the
final number would have been too daunting to contemplate.  The
dichotomy of the situation is not lost on most labbies, but I
unfortunately I can't think of many ways to keep on doing the research
but with a significantly lower carbon footprint.

Annika Noreen

PhD Candidate
Southern Cross University
Environmental Science & Management
Centre for Coral Reef Research
Lismore NSW 2480

annika.noreen at scu.edu.au
+61 02 6620 3815

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