NOAA Teacher at Sea
Aboard: R/V Fulmar
July 23–29, 2013
Mission: ACCESS (Applied California Current Ecosystem Studies) to monitor ecosystem health in the national marine sanctuaries off the coast of California
Geographical area of cruise: Gulf of the Farallones & Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries
Date: July 23, 2013
Hi! Welcome to my Teacher at Sea Blog. Before I begin the adventure I thought I would tell you a little bit about myself. I am a science teacher in the Green Academy at Berkeley High School in Berkeley, CA. I have taught Advanced Biology, Chemistry, Introduction to Environmental Science, and AP Environmental Science with an environmental focus for the last 8 years. Next year I will continue teaching AP Environmental Science and I’m very excited to share my Teacher at Sea experiences with my AP Environmental Science students.
When I received my acceptance for Teacher at Sea I was thrilled! Living in the Bay Area I spend a lot of the time admiring and teaching about the importance of the Pacific Ocean; however, with Teacher at Sea I will be able to go out an participate in collecting data about the biodiversity along the California Coast in the Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries. Specifically, my time will be spend helping collecting plankton samples on transect lines within the two sanctuaries. Here is a map of the transect lines from http://www.accessoceans.org/
Plankton can be large or small, but most of my samples will probably be on the microscopic scale. Plankton are an essential food sources for many marine organisms, so a measurement of their density is important. The ACCESS data will be used by conservationists, policy makers, and my students.
While it is not a guarantee, it is highly likely that we will be able to see some whales during our cruise. I will make sure I have my camera close so I can capture them on film.
The RV Fulmar is smaller research vessel, so different people have volunteered to prepare dinner for each night of our cruise. I love to cook, so I volunteered to prepare one of those dinners. I’m cooking chile rellenos right now and then I will freeze them tonight so they can be easily reheated for dinner this Saturday.
If you have any comments or questions please feel free to post them I will get back to you shortly.
This picture of the Pacific Ocean was taken from Baker Beach in San Francisco, CA. Tomorrow I will be making a trip out into these waters and I will be able to take a picture of the opposite, the coast of San Francisco, as we head out to the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.