Conch Reef Expedition Online

Join Virginia Institute of Marine Science researcher Dr. Mark Patterson, graduate student Noelle Relles, Virginia Sea Grant Marine Education Specialist and Bridge team member Chris Petrone and student volunteer Sarina Patterson on a 5-day expedition to map the coral reefs around the one and only Aquarius underwater habitat! Using autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) developed by Dr. Patterson, the science team will be using side-scan sonar and underwater video to determine the biodiversity of the coral reefs around the habitat, as well as what species live there.

The expedition website features daily blog entries, video, pictures and suggested lesson plans and other education resources. As a special bonus, the team will deliver two real-time online seminars where they will be not only describing the mission, but also accepting questions from participants. These webinars will take place Thursday, August 20 at 14:00 (2:00pm) EDT and Thursday, August 20 at 19:00 (7:00pm) EDT. The first will take place topside, above the Aquarius habitat, weather permitting, and focus on using Aquarius as a teaching and learning tool, while the second will take place from the Land Base and focus more on the project at hand, as well as some of the other research occurring at Aquarius. The real-time webinars are available to all, however only those that register (free) with Ustream will be able to post questions via instant chat. All participants are encouraged to provide feedback via an online survey which will be discussed during the webinars.

Expedition homepage

Expedition ustream page

Job Posting: Research Associate, Maine

The Marine Education and Outreach Program, School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine Darling Marine Center announces an opening for a full-time research associate.  The purpose of the position is to provide professional support to a marine education and outreach program with particular focus on social networking audiences.  The position will apply online collaboration methodology to improve the regional and national programs of the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE).  Initial appointment is for one year, with annual reappointment dependent upon external grant funding and performance. The primary location of the position is at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center in Walpole, Maine.  Required Knowledge / Skills: M.S. in Marine Biology, Oceanography, or related fields; Experience working with science researchers, teachers, and general public in web-based education environments; Skill in writing grant proposals; Ability to work in a Mac computing environment to create and maintain project databases, reports, and web pages; Willingness to travel extensively.

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Job Posting: Marine Education Associate, Maine

The Marine Education and Outreach Program,  School of Marine Sciences, Darling Marine Center (Walpole, ME) announces an opening for a Full-Time Marine Education Associate.  The purpose of the position is to provide professional support to a marine education and outreach program. The position will apply educational research and nationally recognized standards to develop curriculum and pedagogical strategies to deliver marine science content to K-12, college-level, and public audiences.  Initial appointment is for one year, with annual reappointment dependent upon external grant funding and performance. The primary location of the position is at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center in Walpole, Maine.

Required Knowledge / Skills: M. Ed. or B. Sc. in Science Education with background in Marine Science, Earth Science, or Physical sciences; Experience working with science researchers, teachers, and general public; Skill in writing grant proposals; Ability to work in a Mac computing environment to create and maintain project databases, reports, and web content; Willingness to travel extensively.

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Education AmeriCorps Positions – Alaska

The Alaska  SeaLife Center is currently recruiting for two AmeriCorps members within the  Education Department.  These two positions will work with the Alaska SeaLife  Center full time for six months, starting January 25, 2010 and ending July 24, 2010.  AmeriCorps provides a living stipend and an education award upon completion of the program.  Travel to and from Seward and housing are the responsibility of the members.  To apply, follow the link on the volunteer page of the website to the AmeriCorps website and click on the “Apply Now” button.  Contact Jenelle_Gilding@alaskasealife.org if you have any questions about these positions.

Teacher Survey from Smithsonian Ocean Portal

The Smithsonian Museum of National History’s Sant Ocean Hall has been working on the development of The Ocean Portal, an online  resource dedicated to scientific information about the ocean. A portion of The Ocean Portal site will serve as a resource where K-12 educators can visit for assistance in developing curricula about ocean related topics.  To ensure the development of a useful tool,  educators who teach life and earth sciences are being recruited to take an online survey on how they use teachers’ resources on the Internet.  The survey should take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete and is available now through September 4th. Take the survey

Help develop this important tool!

EBM Tools Training Coordinator – California

NatureServe, on behalf of the Coastal-Marine EBM Tools Network, is seeking an EBM Tools Training Coordinator.  S/he will coordinate the development and delivery of training on tools and toolkits to facilitate integrated land-sea management and marine spatial management.  Training focus will be on U.S. West Coast management communities but will include other U.S. and international organizations as well.  The Tools Training Coordinator will be co-managed by NatureServe (coordinator of the Coastal-Marine EBM Tools Network) and NOAA Coastal Services Center.  The Training Coordinator will be based at the NOAA Coastal Services Center West Coast Regional Office in Oakland, California (co-located with the offices of the California Ocean Science Trust).  He/she will be an employee of NatureServe which offers a competitive benefits package. Click on this link for detailed information about this job and how to apply.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and the position is open until filled.  Application submission by mid-September is encouraged.

Ocean Observing Stories – Newest Addition

As an informal educator, Katie Gardner works hard to help students understand how scientists observe and monitor the ocean.  She even replicates many of the common problems scientists run into in the field, so students can appreciate how difficult it is.  Even still, she wonders whether the path ahead to engaging students in ocean observing systems is daunting.

Read the latest addition to COSEE-Networked Ocean World’s Ocean Observing Stories :

The Challenge of Understanding Measurements

Lecture on Seals of Cape Cod

Upcoming lecture at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary:  “SEALS OF CAPE COD” by Lisa Sette, Biologist with Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, Wednesday, August 19, 7:30 p.m.

Seals swimming in the surf or resting on shore have become an increasingly common sight along our shores, especially on the Outer Cape. Lisa Sette, a biologist with the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, is particularly interested in the haul-out sites of gray and harbor seals and she has started a pilot study to use these resting sites to help her gain more information about seal behavior and population dynamics. On Wednesday, August 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Lisa Sette will speak about her seal research. The talk is open to the public. Cost is $5 for Mass Audubon and $7 for non-members. Discount is also extended to Center for Coastal Studies members. No registration is required. For more information contact 508-349-2615.

Webinar on Science Communication

On September 30, 1 pm US EDT, the Ecosystem Based Management Tools Network will offer a webinar –  Overview of Science Communication Tools – by Bill Dennison and Tim Carruthers of the University of Maryland.  The Integration and Application Network (IAN) produces a variety of communication products including newsletters, posters, books, reports, brochures, and conceptual diagrams. These products synthesize scientific findings using effective science communication techniques. This webinar will give an overview of the scientific communication products that IAN produces with a focus on conceptual diagrams and conceptual diagramming tools.  Conceptual diagrams or “thought drawings” depict essential attributes of the system and can evolve to capture increased understanding of the system.  They can help clarify thinking and avoid ambiguity, provide a communication interface that combines current scientific understanding with community priorities and environmental values, and identify gaps and priorities.  IAN provides a variety of resources, examples, tools and tutorials available along with a symbol library of over 1500 custom symbols to help you produce your own conceptual diagrams.  Learn more Web conferencing information about this tool demonstration will be sent out via the EBM Tools Network mailing list a few weeks before the webinar.

Student Programs at SEA in Woods Hole, Massachusetts

The new 2010/2011 SEA Semester catalogue is now available for download.  Based in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, SEA has educated students about the world’s oceans for nearly 40 years through a fully accredited study abroad program combining the sciences, humanities, social sciences, and public policy. Intense coursework and preparation during the shore component is followed by the immediate application of students’ newfound knowledge during the sea component. Significant financial aid & new merit-based scholarships are available.  Contact admission@sea.edu for more information or to request catalogues via mail.