Lena Champlin
Postdoctoral Associate
Boston University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Earth & Environment

Lena Champlin’s work bridges Earth Science and art fields to address pressing environmental concerns. Her research examines local anthropogenic impacts on coastal ecosystems and how these intersect with global climate change. At the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, her dissertation examined coastal water quality over hundreds of years using the biogeochemistry of sediment cores and historical shells. She is interested in using artwork and visual displays to disseminate her science research. Lena has worked on several projects that combine art and science including co-authoring and illustrating children’s books. During her postdoc, her interdisciplinary research will investigate the spatial and temporal patterns of carbon sequestration in salt marshes and apply art in science communication about urban marshes. Lena uses artistic science education through her love of outreach, teaching, and mentorship. In graduate school, she mentored interns through the Women in Natural Sciences (WINS) program, which provides mentorship for female students attending Philadelphia public high schools. She plans to continue mentorship with Upward Bound and GROW programs at BU. She also designed and led outreach activities at the Academy of Natural Sciences museum events. Her goal of bringing art into science communication is to increase the accessibility of environmental science, with a specific focus on DEI and justice in addressing environmental crises.

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  1. Champlin LK, Woolfolk A, Oczkowski AJ, Rittenhouse A, Gray AB, Wasson K, Rahman FI, Zelanko P, Krupinski NBQ, Jeppesen R, Haskins J, Watson EB. Use of historical isoscapes to develop an estuarine nutrient baseline. Front Mar Sci. 2023 Sep 06; 10:1-1257015. PMID: 37822682; PMCID: PMC10563801; DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2023.1257015;
  2. Krause JR, Gannon ME, Oczkowski AJ, Schwartz MJ, Champlin LK, Steinmann D, Maxwell-Doyle M, Pirl E, Allen V, Watson EB. Tidal Flushing Rather Than Non-Point Source Nitrogen Pollution Drives Nutrient Dynamics in A Putatively Eutrophic Estuary. Water (Basel). 2022 Dec 21; 15(1):1-20. PMID: 36798655; PMCID: PMC9926401; DOI: 10.3390/w15010015;
  3. Watson EB, Ferguson W, Champlin LK, White JD, Ernst N, Sylla HA, Wilburn BP, Wigand C. Runnels mitigate marsh drowning in microtidal salt marshes. Front Environ Sci. 2022 Nov 03; 10:1-17. PMID: 36507472; PMCID: PMC9728634; DOI: 10.3389/fenvs.2022.987246;
  4. Wortzel JD, Champlin LK, Wortzel JR, Lewis J, Haase E, Mark B. Reframing Climate Change: Using Children's Literature as a Residency Training Tool to Address Climate Anxiety and Model Innovation. Acad Psychiatry. 2022 Oct; 46(5):584-585. PMID: 35608778; PMCID: PMC10952007; DOI: 10.1007/s40596-022-01651-y;

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