Exhibit Design for an Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS)

COSEE-NOW invites you to participate in an online seminar series that will discuss the challenges of designing exhibits using real-time data from Ocean Observing Systems.

Exhibit Design for an Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS)

Research Cruise to Measure Atlantic Plastic Marine Debris

Sea Education Association (SEA) is preparing to conduct the first-ever research expedition dedicated solely to examining the accumulation of plastic marine debris in the North Atlantic Ocean.  The expedition, scheduled to begin in June, will expand upon a 20-year data set previously collected by SEA that reveals a region of extensive plastic pollution in a narrow latitude band in the western North Atlantic Ocean.   This trip will explore an area southeast of Bermuda that, it is hypothesized, is an extension of the high plastic pollution region defined by more than 200 previous SEA voyages in the Western North Atlantic. Observations from those trips indicate the area has large concentrations of plastic debris comparable to the region of the Eastern North Pacific Ocean dubbed the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

The expedition is funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program, and is in collaboration with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Woods Hole Sea Grant.  The cruise, tentatively scheduled for June 10-July 14, will take place on the SSV Corwith Cramer, SEA’s 134-foot brigantine-rigged sailing oceanographic research vessel. The crew will consist of 11 professional mariners and up to 22 additional participants, many of them alumni of SEA’s core academic program, SEA Semester.

Cruise details

Job Opening – Marine Science Educator, Virginia

The Marine Science Consortium, located on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, has openings for seasonal Marine Educators. Visit the website for details.

NOSB Video Contest

The deadline for the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB®) second annual Living on the Ocean Planet video competition is January 25, 2010.  The competition is being hosted in partnership with the Census of Marine Life (CoML), the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA), and the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL).  The goal is to showcase student-developed original videos that educate the general public about marine technology and address the Essential Ocean Literacy Principles. This year the contest will include regional winners as well as a National winner. The winning team from each region will be awarded a top prize by their regional site and will be posted on You Tube as well as on each of the regional NMEA Chapter websites that are serving as a regional video contest host.  The National winner will be invited to attend the 2010 NOSB Finals Competition in St Petersburg, Florida.
You do NOT have to participate in the NOSB competitions to enter this contest.
For more information about the contest and its sponsors, visit online

Job Opportunity – Coral Reef Management Fellow, Puerto Rico

I.M. Systems Grou, a contractor to NOAA, seeks an individual to serve as a Coral Reef Management Fellow for Puerto Rico.  The two-year program, beginning January 2010 and ending in January 2012, will place an individual in Rincon, Puerto Rico.  The Fellowship Program is administered by NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program.The fellow’s primary responsibility will be to lead the development of an environmental education program for the Tres Palmas Marine Reserve (TPMR) that includes specific activities that support the implementation of the TPMR management plan.  The fellow will work with partners and the local community to develop and implement this program.
More details online