NOAA Teacher at Sea
Aboard NOAA Ship Pisces
May 12 – May 24, 2018
Mission: Conduct ROV and multibeam sonar surveys inside and outside six marine protected areas (MPAs) and the Oculina Experimental Closed Area (OECA) to assess the efficacy of this management tool to protect species of the snapper grouper complex and Oculina coral
Geographic Area of Cruise: Continental shelf edge of the South Atlantic Bight between Port Canaveral, FL and Cape Hatteras, NC
Date: April 23rd, 2018
Welcome to my first blog entry as I prepare for an amazing opportunity with the NOAA Teacher at Sea program. I am a science teacher at Camas High School, a public school of a little over 2000 students. Camas is a rapidly growing suburb of Vancouver, located across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon. In my 22nd year of teaching, my current assignments include environmental science, anatomy and physiology and forensic science. I love to involve my students in authentic investigations, from building a sustainable farm on school property to designing and building solar ovens. I incorporate project-based learning opportunities and authentic long-term investigations whenever possible. I helped develop and implement our STEM-based magnet program, and I continue to help guide improvements to the program. To be sure I am teaching relevant and up-to-date content and skills, I need to have my own experiences with authentic scientific research.
I applied to this program because of my love for the process of scientific investigations and my desire to share this unique experience with students. I want to increase my knowledge of fisheries and am especially interested in bringing to my classroom new learnings about STEM career opportunities at NOAA. My goal with all my students is to teach the tools for scientific literacy, how to use evidence and reasoning in evaluating claims and to be able to communicate science
I am currently in full list-making mode, trying to make sure I will remember the Dramamine, several layers of clothing and a dozen other things. However, my mind drifts back to wondering about what science knowledge and technology skills I will be called upon to use
I love the water. I love scuba diving, kayaking and the paddle boarding I tried with my daughters for the first time this summer. I have four children—2 boys in college and 2 girls still at home. During vacations, we often migrate toward the water to explore a stream bed or the sandy shores of the Pacific.
On May 12th I will be boarding NOAA Ship Pisces off the coast of Florida to assess the efficacy of the marine protected areas (MPAs) in protecting species of the snapper grouper complex and Oculina coral. ROV and multibeam sonar surveys will be used inside and outside the MPAs and in the Oculina Experimental Closed Area (OECA) in the south Atlantic to gather data on habitat and fish resources. This research will help fishery managers make decisions on the areas future use and how to best protect these valuable resources.
Did You Know?
President Theodore Roosevelt established the first MPA and the first National Wildlife Refuge in the United States, Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge in 1903.
Fact or Fiction?
Aquaculture uses more wild fish than it produces.
To find out the evidence that rejects or supports that claim visit NOAA Fisheries site at the following link