Massachusetts Marine Educators Conference

On May 1, the Massachusetts Marine Educators will hold its 34th Conference and Annual Meeting in the Redfield Auditorium at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The 2010 conference will focus on marine invasive species. For more information, contact Bill Andrake at

Horseshoe Crab Conference

Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is hosting a free Horseshoe Crab Conference.  The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 17, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and will be held at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary in South Wellfleet.  This year’s conference will highlight the results of local research. Presentations include  “Movement  Patterns and spawning Dynamics of Horseshoe Crabs in Pleasant Bay”  by Mary-Jane James-Pirri, University of Rhode Island; and “Mortality in Female Horseshoe Crabs from Biomedical Bleeding and Handling: Implications for Fisheries Management” by Alison Leschen, Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve; and “Results from Censusing, Tagging, and Juvenile Surveys in Wellfleet Harbor” by Wellfleet Bay’s Sarah Martinez and Katherine Terkanian.  The conference will also include a talk by Dr. Dan Gibson who will provide an overview of horseshoe crab biology and development. And the Division of Marine Fisheries biologist Vincent Malkoski will give some perspective on state-wide censusing of horseshoe crabs, as well as provide an overview of the fishery and current regulations.  While the conference is free, pre-registration is encouraged due to limited space.

Marine Art Contest Now Underway

The annual Marine Art Contest for students in grades K-12 is now underway, with divisions for K-4, 5-8, 9-12, computer graphics (all
grades) and scientific illustration (all grades) and a theme of “Amazing Ocean Creatures of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and the Gulf of Maine.”  Prizes include cash awards, whale watch tickets, aquarium passes, and certificates. The contest is sponsored by the Massachusetts Marine Educators, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, New England Aquarium, Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies and several other organizations.To view and print the contest brochure, visit:

Job Opportunity: AmeriCorps at Alaska SeaLife Center

The Alaska SeaLife Center will be hosting two AmeriCorps members in the husbandry department in 2010 – 2011.  These positions are full time for 11 months and are based at the Alaska SeaLife Center located in Seward, Alaska.  The positions will work closely with the  husbandry departments but will also have a strong emphasis on education and community service.  Interested applicants will find the two job descriptions as well as a link to the AmeriCorps application on the volunteer page of our website at

National Geographic Biology PD – Few spots remain for certain states!

NTLA Ocean FlyerA few spots remain for a chosen few to join us at our FREE , week long, high school biology teacher professional development! The content will focus on ecology and will be a week in San Diego, CA on the Scripps Institution of Oceanography campus…all expenses covered (airfare, hotel, most meals, field trip to Ocean Institute).

We are looking for applicants from the following states: Alaska, Minnesota, Delaware, DC, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, S Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, W. Virginia, and South Carolina. If you are a high school biology teacher from one of these listed states then apply for this fantastic opportunity! We want one teacher from each state…so apply and get your spot today! Program information and application is attached. Please apply by 5 PM April 13th by sending the completed application per instructions to

(Please note that the application process is full and closed for all other states so we can only accept applications from the states mentioned above.)

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to e-mail us only at