NOAA Teacher at Sea
Aboard NOAA Ship Nancy Foster
May 14 – 24, 2012
Pre Cruise News !!
Deborah Campbell has been selected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to participate in their Teacher at Sea program. Mrs. Campbell is a seventh grade science teacher at Locke Elementary School in Chicago. NOAA has ships stationed all over the world. On board the ships are crew members and scientists who monitor our oceans. Every year, NOAA selects about twenty-five educators from all over the United States to travel aboard the NOAA ships to experience the work of the scientists first hand. Mrs. Campbell will be sharing her experiences with the Locke School community, colleagues, family, and friends.
Mrs. Campbell is very excited to work with the crew and scientists aboard the NOAA ship Nancy Foster. She will travel from Chicago to Charleston, South Carolina on May 13th, 2012. The ship will return to Savannah, Georgia on May 24th, 2012. When the ship leaves Charleston, it will head towards Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary. The chief scientist, Sarah Fangman, has planned some amazing scientific investigations. Mrs. Campbell will be observing as well as assisting the scientists as they do their work.
There are several projects planned for this cruise. Multibeam mapping of Gray’s Reef at night and some day time hours will occur. Divers will collect zebra clusters which will be wrapped in foil, placed in ziplock bags, and analyzed later for chemical contaminants. The clusters can help scientists monitor ecological conditions at Gray’s Reef. Divers will survey marine debris (garbage). A fine scale fish movement study will occur. Acoustic tagging will be used to study fish movement, how fish use reef, the habitats they prefer, and if there is change over time. Divers will be checking acoustic receivers within Gray’s Reef. There will also be continuous photo and video documentation. Mrs. Campbell will be keeping a journal, taking photos, and assisting the scientists aboard the Foster.
Follow Mrs. Campbell’s adventures aboard Nancy Foster in future blogs……