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2018 Student Webinar Series

Posted By Jennifer Magnusson, Wednesday, April 11, 2018

NMEA is hosting two FREE live webinars this spring. Educators may bring their students or attend on their own. It is a great opportunity for young people in particular to learn about conservation, citizen science, and careers in marine science.


May 9 @ 1:00 pm ET

Citizen Science on the Beach: Research and Outreach with California Grunion

Dr. Karen Martin (Pepperdine University) and Melissa Studer (Beach Ecology Coalition)

Grunion runningThe spectacular midnight runs of California Grunion are well known to Californians. This endemic silverside fish, found only off California and Baja California, shares critical spawning habitat with millions of beach goers along one of the world’s most heavily populated coastlines. Spawning occurs during spring and summer, the times of heaviest human use. Although regulations offer some protection, human impacts on California Grunion include a recreational fishery with bare-handed catching, and habitat loss from shoreline armoring and beach erosion. This webinar will examine the adaptations and adventures of these amazing fish in the California beach sand, and the influence of citizen scientists called Grunion Greeters on beach management and protection of this charismatic species. 

Register online: http://bit.ly/grunion-webinar

Image courtesy of S. Kasbati and grunion.org


Archived Webinar:

Vaquita: The world’s most endangered marine mammal

Dr. James Danoff-Burg  (The Living Desert)

VaquitaPlease join Dr. James Danoff-Burg, Director of Conservation at The Living Desert, as he discusses conservation efforts for the critically endangered vaquita porpoise. Both classrooms and individuals are invited to join this webinar.

You can listen a recording of the webinar here >

Image courtesy of D. Bader


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Guest blog by Sean Russell: Join OCEARCH’s Chris Fischer for an NMEA Student Webinar

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Wednesday, April 26, 2017

OCEARCH webinar

At NMEA, we’re working to inspire and support the next generation of marine science educators and conservationists. As part of this effort, we’re excited to announce our first NMEA Student Webinar will take place on Friday, May 5 at 2 p.m. EST and feature special guest, OCEARCH Founding Chairman and Expedition Leader, Chris Fischer. Through his presentation, Collaborative White Shark Science, Chris will share his experiences leading global shark research expeditions and OCEARCH’s work with scientists and students to drive shark conservation efforts. Individual students and classrooms are invited to join NMEA for this special, free presentation. To participate, please complete this sign-up form. Instructions for joining the webinar will be e-mailed to all registered participants in advance!

Chris is an ocean explorer who's led 25 global expeditions researching great white sharks, tiger sharks, and other apex predators to advance conservation, education, and public safety. Through socially innovative partnerships with Costa Sunglasses, YETI Coolers, Shell, Contender, Yamaha, SAFE Boats, and Landry’s Inc., OCEARCH travels the world enabling teams of regional and international scientists by providing them with 15 minutes of unprecedented hands-on access to mature sharks to conduct approximately 12 studies on each animal.

In 2013, Fischer launched the Global Shark Tracker website and mobile app, used by millions worldwide, as part of his vision for ultimate inclusion and open source sharing of data. In 2014 he announced a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curriculum based on the Tracker, developed in partnership with Landry’s. Teachers have downloaded more than 3,900 lesson plans to date.

He’s appeared in 210 TV episodes on the National Geographic Channel, HISTORY, ESPN, and others. His work has generated 8 billion media impressions worldwide, furthering his mission of bringing the ocean into everyone’s lives.

Fischer is a recipient of The Explorers Club 2014 Lowell Thomas Medal for Imagination in Exploration, joining the ranks of the world’s greatest explorers. He is the Founding Chairman of OCEARCH, winner of the 2014 Nominet Trust 100 Award, recognizing the world’s 100 most inspiring examples of social innovation.

Working aboard the 126 ft. M/V OCEARCH vessel, 131 scientists from 70 institutions are generating unprecedented research data, filling critical knowledge gaps to save shark and human lives. More than 50 scientific papers are in process as a result.

Be sure to complete the registration form and join us for this special event!

- Sean Russell, NMEA Board of Directors

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NMEA Ocean Literacy Committee hosts three-part winter webinar series on Ocean Literacy

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Ocean Literacy guide

The NMEA Ocean Literacy Committee hosted a three-part webinar series this winter, with each webinar covering a different topic and the topics building on the one prior. Details for each webinar and links to recordings of them can be found below. 

Webinar 1: Exploring and Applying the Ocean Literacy Scope and Sequence for Grades K–12

View a recording of this webinar here > 

This interactive webinar engaged participants in opportunities to explore the Ocean Literacy Scope and Sequence for Grades K–12. It discussed how to apply these grade-level appropriate conceptual progressions, designed to increase Ocean Literacy, to the development of learning experiences and instructional materials for use in K–12 classrooms, informal environments, and professional learning opportunities for educators.

Presented by:

  • Catherine Halversen, Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley
  • Craig Strang, Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley
  • Lynn Tran, Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley
  • Lynn Whitley, Wrigley Institute of Environmental Studies, University of Southern California

Duration: 90 minutes

NOTE: During this webinar, it was suggested participants have ready access to a conceptual flow diagram that was investigated, a copy of which can be found here >

Webinar 2: Alignment of the Ocean Literacy Framework with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

View a recording of this webinar here > 

This webinar built participant's familiarity and understanding of the Ocean Literacy - NGSS alignment tool. It described why alignment of the Ocean Literacy Framework with NGSS is needed, and explained the rating scale used to describe the different relationships between the Ocean Literacy Principles and the Disciplinary Core Ideas that comprise the Next Generation Science Standards. Participants explored the alignment tool through the examination of particular grade bands, Ocean Literacy Principles and DCIs, along with the ratings explanations provided by a panel of experts.

Presented by: 

  • Sarah Pedamonte, Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley
  • Craig Strang, Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley
  • Lynn Whitley, Wrigley Institute of Environmental Studies, University of Southern California

NOTE: During this webinar, we suggested participants have ready access to the alignment documents, as well as a copy of the NGSS and the Ocean Literacy Scope and Sequence.

Prior to this webinar, we recommended watching this video introduction to the NGSS in NSTA’s Learning Center if you are not familiar with the Next Generation Science Standards.

Duration: 60 minutes

Instructions for Viewers: 
Please note that at several points during this webinar you will want to pause the recording to explore the alignment documents yourself. The recorded webinar has been edited to eliminate the time periods when we gave participants an opportunity to review these documents before moving on to the next part of the presentation.

Webinar 3: Organizing for Ocean Literacy - Implementation at Different Scales

View a recording of this webinar here > 

This webinar provided examples of how educators, scientists, and policy makers have deployed the Ocean Literacy Framework and the Ocean Literacy/NGSS Alignment document. It focused on moving from ideas to impact by looking at examples of Ocean Literacy-inspired curricula, non-formal programs with a focus on Ocean Literacy, and how the alignment of NGSS with Ocean Literacy can be leveraged to support funding efforts, strategic planning activity, and teacher professional learning.

Presented by:

  • Kurt Holland, Lead Science Communicator, Broader Impacts West
  • Diana Payne, Connecticut Sea Grant
  • Sarah Schoedinger, NOAA Office of Education

Duration: 60 minutes 

Webinar organizers are interested in feedback on this webinar. After viewing it, please take a couple minutes to answer four brief questions.

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Guest blog by Meghan Marrero - Our Ocean in Your Hands: From Science to Solutions

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Thursday, December 17, 2015
Ocean Webinar Flyer

How can you inspire students to seek solution to real-world problems in our world’s ocean? How can you students get their questions answered by people already making a difference? Join us for Our Ocean in Your Hands: From Science to Solutions, live webinar that will be held January 22, 2016, at 1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. PST.

This webinar, featuring Dr. Edie Widder, Anna Cummins, and myself, will inspire students to critically examine current issues, such as plastic pollution in the ocean, and consider action steps for positive change. Students will see and hear the scientists and their slide presentations, and get an opportunity to ask questions.

Registration is free, but limited to the first 50 classrooms that sign up. The webinar will be geared toward middle and high school students who are ready to make a difference. Registered classrooms will receive preparation materials at least 1 week before the webinar. Login information will be sent at least 48 hours prior to the event. The easiest way to participate is by using your computer with speakers and projector or SmartBoard. Register today >

This special event is co-sponsored by NMEA, WINGS Worldquest, ORCA, and the 5-Gyres Institute.

Learn more about our panelists:

Edith WidderDr. Edith Widder is a MacArthur Fellow, a deep-sea explorer, ocean conservationist and Wings Fellow. A specialist in bioluminescence, she has been a leader in developing new ways to explore the deep sea. Her innovations have produced footage of rare sharks, squid, jellyfish, and crustaceans, as well as led to the first recordings of the giant squid, Architeuthis, in its natural habitat. In order to help save and protect the ocean she loves, in 2005 Edie helped found the Ocean Research & Conservation Association, also known as ORCA. ORCA is the world’s first technology focused, marine conservation, not-for-profit, which is using leading-edge scieince to find pollution and stop it at its source. ORCA’s tagline, which is Mapping Pollution, Finding Solutions, describes a results-driven approach to meeting some of the greatest challenges our ocean planet is currently facing.

Anna CumminsAnna Cummins has over 15 years of experience in environmental non-profit work, education, writing, and campaign development. She has worked in marine conservation, coastal watershed management, sustainability education, and high school ecology instruction. Anna received her undergraduate in History from Stanford University, and her Masters in International Environmental Policy from the Monterey Institute for International Studies. In 2008, Anna completed a month long, 4,000-mile research expedition studying plastic debris in the North Pacific Gyre. The journey inspired the launch of 5 Gyres. Anna was elected a fellow of the Wings World Quest in 2011, and received a Golden Goody Award in 2013.

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- Meghan Marrero is an Associate Professor of Secondary Science Education at Mercy College and currently serves on the NMEA Board of Directors 

Photo credits: Widder, courtesy of TED and Cummins, courtesy of 5-Gyres Institute

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