NOAA Teacher at Sea
(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
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.
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).