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February 4-5, 2005
Dana Point, CA
-Fall Seminar Summary
Professional Development Seminar
Friday: Communicating Science to Public Audiences
Saturday: Marine Mammal Bioacoustic Workshop
This is a picture of the bioacoustics array that we deploy on the R/V Sea Explorer during the Bioacoustics Cruise. It was also a primary tool used in our piloting of SeaTech which partners under-represented schools with the Ocean Institute and Scripps Institution of Oceanography's Bioacoustics Laboratory.
Cost: $25 one day, $40 both days
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Professional Development Seminar Summary
The SWMEA Fall Professional Development Seminar was held at the University of Southern California Wrigley Marine Science Center (WMSC) on Catalina Island, and sponsored by the USC Sea Grant Program and the Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE)-West (more information on sponsors below). Twenty-five teachers and informal marine science educators (pictured on left) spent October 1st-3rd, 2004 learning about the science and wonders of Catalina Island and marine reserves. Our seminar began as soon as we got off the Catalina Express at Two Harbors, with a second short boat ride to the White Sea Bass Pens (pictured on right) in Catalina Harbor. There we observed female white sea bass ‘breeder stock’; and young sea bass soon to be released, while we learned about marine enhancement efforts for this important resource fish. We also observed the dynamic Yellowfin Jacks that were part of another research study.
Next we settled into our dorms at the WMSC, which is located on a marine reserve, a perfect backdrop for our two speakers that weekend. Dr. Jonna Engels of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary spoke on the “Marine Sanctuary System and Education,” and provided participants with many educational supplies and resources. On Saturday evening, Dr. Chris Lowe (pictured on right), from California State University at Long Beach, shared his research on stingrays, kelp bass, and sharks, and enlightened participants on “Patterns of Fish Movement in Marine Reserves.” He helped us understand what this research can mean to future science investigations and conservation decisions.
An all day field trip led by Deb Jensen, Education Director of the Catalina Conservancy (pictured below), took us on an inland island tour of one of the major watersheds on Catalina, which covered land from the top of the hills to the edge of the ocean. Deb shared the most recent Conservancy research efforts regarding restoration efforts for endemic plants, island fox, eagles and more---not to mention some bison sightings (see below on right) as well! After our field excursion we spent time sharing resources and information from all of the participants. Everyone has such great activities, lesson plans, resources, and ideas; it’s always a wonderful way to learn from each other.
Snorkeling in the reserve and an early morning kayak topped off the weekend of learning, networking and fun. Participant evaluations indicated that this was a very successful professional development seminar and was enjoyed by one and all!
USC Sea Grant Program (http://www.usc.edu/org/seagrant/) has served the Southern California coastal region for 30 years, funding research, transferring results to government agencies and user groups, and providing information about marine resources, recreation and education to the public. Sea Grant research and outreach/education projects have covered a broad spectrum of areas, with particular emphasis on topics related to the "Urban Ocean".
COSEE-West, a USC/UCLA partnership, http://www.usc.edu/org/cosee-west/, forms the West Coast hub for the National Science Foundation’s COSEE (Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence, http://www.cosee.net/ ) effort, a catalytic, multi-faceted collaboration to integrate ongoing research in the ocean sciences with K-12 education and outreach. Research-oriented marine science faculty at USC, UCLA, and local aquariums and science centers interact with educators to bring exciting research to teachers, students and the public via lecture series, professional development, networking, and an innovative web site. COSEE-California (http://cacosee.net/ )was also represented at the seminar, and focuses on connecting scientists with education outreach organizations, a model college course on Communicating Ocean Science, an ocean science and technical careers website, and models for K-12 ocean education.
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