Category Archives: Past Events

Live Q&A with Dr. Robert Ballard from the E/V Nautilus

Dr. Robert Ballard, JASON’s founder and chief scientist, is aboard the E/V Nautilus, exploring the depths of the Mediterranean Sea. He’s working with a team of renowned ocean scientists, searching for shipwrecks, marine life, and geological discoveries. In order to update us on what he’s found, he’ll be holding two special question and answer sessions via live webcast.

On Friday, October 28, JASON will broadcast two live shows, lasting approximately 20 minutes each, at 1:30pm and 6:30pm EDT. During the shows you’ll have a chance to ask Bob about his research, the science on board the vessel, and what it’s like living aboard a real ship of exploration!

Be sure to join the event a few minutes before start time and send in your questions via the text window which will appear. We can’t answer all of your questions but we’ll do our best! To make sure your question has a chance at being answered, make sure to use the following resources to learn more about Dr. Ballard and the E/V Nautilus:

  • Nautilus Live web site – Watch 24/7 streaming video from the ship to learn about the explorations going on now. You can watch live footage of dives below the surface from the ROVs Hercules and Argus.
  • Commander of the Nautilus – Play this interactive digital lab and learn what it takes to navigate and explore with ships and ROVs!
  • Online learning resources for educators – Review these materials with your students to get them ready for the live web event.
  • Online learning resources for students – Explore digital labs, activities, and more!
  • Meet Dr. Ballard. – Watch a video about Dr. Ballard’s career and get ready to ask him questions!
  • SENEME Hosts A Whale of a Tale Share-A-Thon

    Dear Ocean Science and Environmental Educators,

    The Southeastern New England Marine Educators (SENEME) are hosting a Whale of a Tale Share-a-Thon at this year’s NSTA Regional Conference in Hartford, CT on Thursday, October 27 from 3:30-4:30 in the Connecticut Convention Center.

    The goal of the Share-a-Thon is to provide opportunities for conference participants to network, collect hands-on activities and take-home resources and learn about marine and aquatic programs available in the New England and Eastern New York region for teachers and students.

    SENEME would like to extend an invitation to your organization to reserve a space to participate in this event. You must be a registered for the conference to participate. Please contact Lauren Rader ( ) if you would like to take advantage of this opportunity to introduce your organization to New England/New York teachers.

    Again, email to reserve your space.

    COSEE Ocean Systems and NEOSEC Workshop: Strategies for Engaging in Broader Impact Programs

    On November 4th, 2011, the COSEE Ocean Systems and the New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative (NEOSEC) will host a free workshop for New England area scientists, graduate students, and educational leaders on “Strategies for Engaging in Broader Impact Programs” which will take place at the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve beginning at 9:00 a.m.

    The workshop will showcase a spectrum of broader impact programs for scientists to partner with formal and informal education programs as well as highlight best practices in partnering with these institutions based upon survey data and research. During the afternoon session, participants will engage in a professional development opportunity that focuses on collaboration and partnership strategies.

    Dormitory-style lodging is available upon request at the reserve for a fee of $20. Lodgers must bring their own sheets, pillow, and towels. For dormitory reservations (required) please contact Sheri Proft at 508-457-0495 x100 or To register and/or for more information about the workshop on Strategies for Engaging in Broader Impact Programs please contact Kim Frashure via email at or by phone at 978-290-1857.

    Agenda < Word Doc >

    NaGISA in Niceville, Florida

    Summer Science campers in New England aren’t the only teens learning the NaGISA protocol! Click here to read about high school students in Niceville, Florida performing subtidal NaGISA sampling. During this year’s Teen Ocean Summit we will participate in a video conference with the Florida students to find out more about their experiences around the world, ask questions about their data, and make connections between their sampling sites and ours. From the rocky intertidal zone to the sandy beaches, we’re all connected!

    RARGOM Call for Abstracts

    Call for Abstracts
    2011 RARGOM Annual Science Meeting

    The Regional Association for Research on the Gulf of Maine (RARGOM)
    is holding its annual science meeting addressing


    on October 5, 2011
    Residence Inn Marriott
    100 Deer Street
    Portsmouth, New Hampshire

    The one day meeting will feature two keynote speakers:

    Michael K. Orbach
    Professor of the Practice of Marine Affairs and Policy
    Nicholas School of Environment, Duke University
    “The New Human Condition: The ‘Total Ecology’ of Marine Spatial Planning”

    Robert S. Steneck
    Professor at the School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine
    “Winds of Change: Marine Spatial Planning in an era of
    Rapidly Shifting Baselines”

    The meeting is intended to be of general interest to a broad range of
    researchers, managers and stakeholders in the Gulf of Maine region

    The Registration period is:
    August 15th – September 30th
    Registration fees are $45 for participants from RARGOM member institutions and
    $60 for non-members. Student registration is $30
    Lunch will be provided

    If interested in presenting a contributed talk or poster on new, old or developing research, please submit an abstract to Lynn Rutter

    Abtract Submission Form (DOC)

    Deadline: August 27th

    Professional Development: “The Seafloor Revealed: What Lies Beneath the Massachusetts Coastal Ocean?”


    Federal and State Scientists to Hold Seafloor Mapping Demonstrations at the New Bedford Ocean Explorium

    On Monday, July 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) are hosting The Seafloor Revealed: What Lies Beneath the Massachusetts Coastal Ocean? , a public meet & greet event at the Ocean Explorium, 174 Union Street, in New Bedford.

    The exhibits and presentations at this event will illustrate the seafloor mapping work being conducted by USGS, CZM, and the state’s Division of Marine Fisheries (MarineFisheries). Scientists at the USGS Woods Hole campus are leaders in research in coastal and marine geology, seafloor mapping technology, geography, and the waters off the Massachusetts coast. CZM and MarineFisheries both played critical roles in the mapping work done to develop the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan, the nation’s first comprehensive plan to protect critical marine resources and foster sustainable uses in the state’s ocean waters.

    This free public event will feature a GeoWall, a 3D interactive display of bathymetric mapping data, as well as actual seafloor mapping instruments, posters, and handouts. In addition to the scientists that are available to take questions, short talks on mapping technology and applied uses of seafloor mapping data will be given at 11:00 a.m. and repeated at 1:00 p.m. Managers, scientists, fisherman, conservationists, educators, and the general public are invited to attend.

    Although nearby street and parking lots are expected to be adequate, local residents are encouraged to walk or bicycle to the event. The Ocean Explorium is wheelchair accessible.

    For more information, please visit

    Zooplankton Workshop – Maine

    An Introduction to the Ecology and Taxonomy of Marine Zooplankton (June 19-25) Offered by the Humboldt Institute on the coast of Maine. This seminar provides an in-depth introduction to marine zooplankton. Though the emphasis is on morphology, taxonomy and diversity, it also includes discussions on biogeography, feeding, reproduction, development, behavior and ecology. Standard field methods of collection and laboratory techniques needed to identify zooplankton to the species level are taught.
    A more detailed description can be found at

    Click to access Gerber.pdf

    You may contact for the syllabus or for more information.
    Information on lodging options, meals, and costs may be found at
    There is an online application form at

    Massachusetts Marine Educators 35th Conference

    Saturday April 30, 2011. 8:30am – 4:30pm, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Redfield Auditorium

    Ocean Literacy: The Essential Principles of Ocean Sciences… The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected.

    From the impact of plastics in the Atlantic Gyre to oil in deepest regions of the Gulf of Mexico, our 35th annual conference will present examples of how science is trying to better understand some of the anthropogenic issues plaguing our seas which drive us to become better stewards of the marine environment. In addition to presenters from the scientific community you will receive classroom materials, complimentary chowder during lunch followed by afternoon workshops and field trips including an oceanography cruise with the Zephyr Education Foundation see for more information. One of our featured speakers will be Dr. Tim Shank of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, who will share his recent work in the Gulf of Mexico which examined the impact of the Gulf oil spill on deep-sea coral ecosystems.

    As usual we will have exhibits, t-shirts, our raffle, and awards. Also, please join us for a beverage and snacks reception following the conference at the Madden Center at the Sea Education Association in Woods Hole.

    If you have any questions contact:

    Bill Andrake, Swampscott Middle School: 781-596-8820 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 781-596-8820 end_of_the_skype_highlighting

    for more information:

    STEM Conference; NEOSEC Participants

    The Museum at the Mill (a museum under development in Attleboro MA) is holding its second annual LAUNCH conference.  LAUNCH brings together people of all ages who seek to develop 21st Century skills – especially science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) skills – in youth.

    Last year, 166 people from 52 towns attended, from families with young children seeking connections to science to retirees looking for volunteer opportunities.  More than 50 organizations will be represented in the exhibit hall, where hands-on activities and active learning are the goals.

    Pam DiBona will be representing the New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative in the STEM session (Track 2) panel discussion, as well as the workshop entitled “STEM Programs & Collaborative Efforts,” and the New England Aquarium will have an exhibit table.  We hope to see you there!

    Lecture Series, Northeastern Marine Science Center

    You are cordially invited to attend any and all of the Marine Science Center’s monthly lectures this academic year, for which the schedule appears below.  Lectures are held in the Murphy Bunker at the MSC (430 Nahant Road, Nahant, MA 01908), which is ADA accessible.  Most programs last from 1 to 1.5 hours, and light refreshments are served half an hour before the program begins.  No RSVP is required.

    Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 7 pm
    Dr. Cascade Sorte, Instructor and Post-Doctoral Researcher
    Department of Biology, Northeastern University

    Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 7 pm
    Tim Purinton, Acting Director
    Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration

    Friday, April 29, 2011 at 4:30pm
    Dr. Emmett Duffy, Loretta and Lewis Glucksman Professor of Marine Science
    Virginia Institute of Marine Science, The College of William and Mary

    Vu Lam, Outreach Program Coordinator/781-581-7370 ext 321