Online Resource – Coral Bleaching Curriculum

University of Hawaii Sea Grant brought together students, teachers, and researchers to develop a new curriculum, “The Case of the Sick Coral.”  Recently published in the National Marine Educators Association’s journal Current, it guides high school students in developing and testing hypotheses about the differential susceptibility of corals to bleaching.  Note:  no coral is harmed in this activity — only cauliflower and broccoli!

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.
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Lecture and Book Signing at URI

Lecture: The Search for the Last Virgin Coral Reefs by Dr. Enric Sala, National Geographic Fellow,  Friday, December 4, Noon, Coastal Institute Auditorium, URI Narragansett Bay Campus
Dr. Sala’s public lecture will focus on his National Geographic’s Pristine Seas expeditions. Sala believes what we think are natural coral reefs are not, because most scientific studies have been conducted on degraded reefs. A series of recent expeditions to a few remote, pristine reefs in the central Pacific have revealed a world that was unknown to most people, including reefs where predators are more abundant than their prey. His research has provided clues to what is truly natural in the ocean, offering important implications for their future.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

Book Signing: World Ocean Census: A Global Survey of Marine Life
This illustrated 256-page book tells the amazing inside story of the Census of Marine Life. Published by Firefly Books and written by Census Education and Outreach Team members Darlene Crist, Gail Scowcroft, and James Harding, with a foreword written by Sylvia Earle, the book highlights the stories behind the Census through lively text and over 250 images, the majority graciously provided by Census scientists. The book sets the stage for the release of the first Census of Marine Life in 2010.  Friday, December 4, 11 am-Noon and 1-2 pm.  Books may be purchased at the Coastal Institute Bookstore prior to and following the Fish Lecture.

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