Crystal Davis, Introduction, June 1, 2014

NOAA Teacher at Sea

Crystal Davis

(Almost) Aboard NOAA Ship Oregon II

June 23 – July 6, 2014


Mission: SEAMAP Summer Groundfish Survey 
Geographical Area of Cruise: Gulf of Mexico
Date: June 1, 2014

Personal Log

Hello from gorgeous and sunny Southern California. My name is Crystal Davis and I am finishing my tenth year of teaching and my fifth year at Hawthorne Math and Science Academy. I currently teach Advanced Placement Environmental Science, Anatomy and Physiology and Biology.

Backpacking in the Sierras
Backpacking in the Sierras

As an environmental science teacher it is important that I make connections between the classroom and current events that are occurring on our planet. For this reason I chose to apply to become a NOAA Teacher at Sea. My students spend a significant portion of their year studying the ocean and atmosphere and the various ways humans impact these systems. I want to bring current research into my classroom and encourage my students to develop an interest in pursuing careers in research as they deepen their understanding of their actions on our planet.

I am excited to begin my cruise in three weeks when I set sail on June 22nd on NOAA Ship Oregon II. We will be conducting bottom trawls to survey the abundance and distribution of shrimp in the Gulf of Mexico.  This method of sampling is something I teach in class and I am so happy to take part in the action and get an up front view of what it entails.

Being onboard a ship will be a significant difference from a normal day of rock climbing and backpacking with my friends in WTC and hiking with my two chihuahuas (Comet and Dasher).

Dasher and Comet hiking Mount Wilson
Dasher and Comet hiking Mount Wilson

33 Replies to “Crystal Davis, Introduction, June 1, 2014”

  1. I hope you have a great time on your trip! Are you going to bring your dogs, Dasher and Comet?

  2. Hi Crystal. I really like your blog. Your blog seems really interesting. It is absolutely the best blog i’ve read in my time. It’s very nice to read and it satisfies my day.Thank u.
    <3 :}
    Stay fresh.

  3. Congratulations on your achievements Crystal Davis! Make sure you come back with all of the details about your trip. Have fun and explore the sea for me too!!

  4. Ms. Davis, I’m so excited for the next school year with you. I hope your summer adventure will bring new and exciting things to your class when I am enrolled.

  5. Congratulations Ms. Davis! I hope you have a great experience to share with the students who want to learn.

  6. Congrats on the achievement! It sounds like a lot of fun and I hope you learn a lot from the experience.

  7. Hi Ms. Davis!
    I’ve read some of your research papers and know you will contribute a lot to this program. I look forward to working as your student again this following school year.
    Brianna Carlos

  8. Salutations Crystal!
    First of all, this is just spectacular that you are connecting real life events to the courses you are teaching your students!
    Have a safe trip on the wild seas!
    Hawthorne Math and Science Academy awaits your incoming studies and information.
    Students will receive an outstanding education from your travels and adventures!

  9. I feel your experience at sea will provide you with life-long knowledge that will aid you in your future endeavors.

  10. Greetings from HMSA! This trip looks fun and interesting. Hope NOAA doesn’t sink or get attacked by a giant squid or anything. Looking forward to have as a teacher next year.
    -Alex Icute

  11. Hello Crystal Davis! This trip i very important so good luck on your trip. This is from a student from HMSA, Marco Vasquez.

  12. You are a very good teacher and do a lot for your students. The cruise seems very interactive and exciting! Have lots of fun!
    -Tatiana Medrano

  13. Hi Ms Davis
    I hope you have a safe and exciting trip. I’ll see you next year! =]]

    Nicole Truong

  14. This sounds like a very exciting experience and I think it is really well that you are pursuing your work. The work you will bring to the students will let the students be able to broaden their leanings.

  15. This seems interesting and I look forward to joining. I will be able to do whatever is necessary. I think this is an opportunity to learn.
    -Asif Showrov

  16. Hi Ms. Davis! Have a fun and exciting trip. I’m looking forward to hearing about your research. Good luck.

  17. I hope being on board during your three week cruise will help you with your survey on the abundance of shrimp.

  18. Ms. Davis I am very glad you are going on this cruise and am extremely jealous. You are doing something so amazing and having fun at the same time while studying. I’ve always wanted to go on an expedition like so best of luck!

  19. Hi Ms. Davis,
    Congrats for being selected to be a part of the research trip; I can’t wait to see your updates about the trip. Travel safely and bon voyage!

  20. Have a great time on the Cruise!! Take a lot of pictures while you’re there because I want to see them all. Hope you have a great summer! 🙂
    -Ogechi Okafor

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