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Gulf of Mexico Education Materials from NOAA

NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) announces
Lessons from the Deep: Exploring the Gulf of Mexico’s Deep-Sea Ecosystems Education Materials Collection
http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/edu/guide/welcome.html

Between 2001 and 2009, NOAA’s Office of Exploration and Research (OER) sponsored eleven expeditions to explore deep-sea organisms and ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico. Some of these sites are within a few miles of the Deepwater Horizon well that exploded earlier this year. Each of these expeditions was documented with an extensive Web site that included lesson plans for educators at grade levels 5 through 12. OER’s Gulf of Mexico Deep-Sea Ecosystem Education Materials Collection includes a selection of these lesson plans together with new lessons and additional background information about the Deepwater Horizon blowout event. The purpose of this collection is to provide a foundation for student inquiries into deep-sea ecosystems, and to build capabilities for comparing data from OER expeditions with post-event information as the latter information becomes available.

The Gulf of Mexico Deep-Sea Ecosystem Education Materials Collection is comprised of an Educators’ Guide, http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/edu/guide/gomdse_edguide.pdf, providing background information, as well as 16 associated lesson plans. Additional lessons and activity guides will be added to the Collection as more information is produced from ongoing exploration and research activities in the Gulf of Mexico. Lessons included in this collection touch on a wide variety of topics related to physical science, life science, and Earth science, and offer many opportunities for cross-curricular activities involving social studies, language arts, mathematics, and fine arts. In addition to formal lesson plans, Web pages for most OER expeditions include a variety of background essays as well as photo and video collections. These materials may be used in a variety of ways to enhance class discussions and student research.

Online Course: Deep Sea Ecosystems, Gulf of Mexico

NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research Announces Lessons from the Deep: Exploring the Gulf of Mexico’s Deep-Sea Ecosystems An Online Professional Development Workshop for Educators of All Grade Levels
October 11-29, 2010 in partnership with the College of Exploration

This online professional development offering presents Lessons from the Deep: Exploring the Gulf of Mexico’s Deep-Sea Ecosystems Education Materials Collection, a selection of lessons about deep-sea ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico based on ten ocean exploration expeditions sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Office of Exploration and Research (OER) between 2002 and 2009. Some of these sites are within a few miles of the Deepwater Horizon well. Additional background information will be introduced about the unique geology of the region and behavior of oil in seawater. This offering is free for all participants and will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Educators will have the option to receive one graduate extension credit ($100 for the credit) or obtain a certificate of completion.  To register, go to: http://www.coexploration.org/oe/

MBL Ecosystems Center Seminar Series

A lecture exploring the future of the world’s seagrass ecosystems will kick off the 2010 Distinguished Scientist Seminar Series, sponsored by the Marine Biological Laboratory’s (MBL’s) Ecosystems Center. Carlos Duarte, Director of the International Laboratory of Global Change Research at the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies in Mallorca, Spain will present the talk “Facing the Global Loss of Seagrass Meadows:  Trends, Causes, Outlook, and Opportunities” on Friday, September 17 at 3:00 pm in the Speck Auditorium, Rowe Building, 18 MBL St., Woods Hole.  The public is invited to attend.

The Distinguished Scientist Seminar Series is part of the MBL’s Semester in Environmental Science (SES), a 15-week program that provides college students from across the U.S. with an intensive field and laboratory-based introduction to environmental science of coastal forests, freshwater ponds and estuaries. The Distinguished Scientists Seminar Series gives SES students and the public an opportunity to meet and interact with some of the best practitioners of environmental science in the world.

The Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series will continue throughout the fall at the MBL.  The remaining lectures in the series are:

September 24
3:00 PM, Speck Auditorium, Rowe Building, 18 MBL St., Woods Hole
Kenneth O Buesseler, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
“Understanding the Ocean’s Biological Pump”

October 15
3:00 PM, Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL St., Woods Hole
Samantha Joye, University of Georgia
“Distribution, Biogeochemistry, and Effects of Oil and Gas Hydrocarbons in the Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem”

October 29
3:00 PM, Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL St., Woods Hole
Thompson Webb III, Brown University
“Climate Warming and Vegetation Changes in North America Since the ‘Last Ice Age’ 21,000 Years Ago”

November 5
3:00 PM, Speck Auditorium, Rowe Building, 18 MBL St., Woods Hole
Monica G Turner, University of Wisconsin
“Landscape Heterogeneity, Disturbance, and Ecosystem Function”

Deep Sea Ecosystems Online Course

In light of all of the interest in background information related to the Gulf of Mexico and the recent oil spill, NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research and the College of Exploration will offer a Deep Sea Ecosystems- Gulf of Mexico course October 11-29, 2010.  Registration is now open.

This offering is free for all participants and will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Educators will have the option to receive one Professional Development Credit from California State University at Fullerton ($100) or to obtain a certificate of completion to reflect 10 hours of professional development.  Note: Participants are responsible for ensuring their educational institution will accept professional development credit from California State University.

To get more info and register, go to http://www.coexploration.org/oe/

Lecture: Impact of Climate Change on Ecosystems

Tidal Marsh

Hector Galbraith, Director of the Climate Change and Energy Initiative at Manomet Center for Conservation Services , will speak at the Westport Middle School, Thursday April 29 at 7 p.m. on research regarding the impacts of climate change on our regional ecosystems.

Hector Galbraith is world renowned for his research and expertise on climate change. He currently serves on Governor Patrick’s Advisory Committee on Climate Change Strategies for the Commonwealth. The results of his research have been published in over 60 papers and chapters in books and peer-reviewed journals.

In his presentation, Dr. Galbraith will share insights from his research related to climate change’s impact on ecosystems and science-based strategies for safeguarding wildlife and habitats. The evening will kick off with a brief presentation by Alan Palm of the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE).

The event is supported by the Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance (SEEAL) . The event is cosponsored by the Westport River Watershed Alliance, Mass Audubon Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Westport Fishermen’s Association.