marine science, careers, conservation, research, ocean

Being a Marine Scientist

Dr. Caine Delacy, Ocean First Education

Marine Biology is a multifaceted career choice. While it may seem like a fun and exciting future... it is! But it's not without its sacrifices, struggles and the same confusion, choices and decisions that any career has.

anacapa, mpa, kelp forest, conservation, marine science

Trailblazing Through The Kelp Forests of Anacapa

Klara Fejer, Ocean First Education

Before slipping beneath the kelp-covered surface of Anacapa’s waters, attention must be paid. From unique briefings to specialized equipment, I didn’t know scuba diving could get any more gear intensive.

conservation, marine ecology, education, STEM, research

Ecology Boosts Math, Reading (and More)

Catherine E. Christopher, Ocean First Education

How many blue whales are there? Where do they go in the winter? What happens if the plankton population they rely on for food is depleted?

marine science, conservation, education, ocean literacy

Ocean Issues are Everyone's Issues

Marlee Glasgow, Ocean First Education Advocate

Climate change is very much a young people issue. Worrying stats such as, “by 2050, fish stocks will effectively disappear” has a real affect on our lives. It has me thinking about what my dinner menu will look like when I am nearing retirement age.

The Power of Knowledge

Michael Rice, Ocean First Education

“Scientia potentia est” - Latin aphorism

“Scientia potentia est” or “knowledge is power” holds true for many things. That is why to be a good salesperson you need to know your customer or why good politicians are always trying to learn more about their constituency.

conservation, marine science, education, ocean literacy

Education is Key

Dr. Caine Delacy, Ocean First Education

No Blue- No Green! That's what intrepid underwater National Geographic explorer and former Chief scientist for NOAA Dr. Sylvia Earle has said time and time again. Yet this message still falls on deaf ears, especially in our political circus.

conservation, education, marine science, ocean literacy

Why I'm an Advocate for Our Oceans (From CO, No Less!)

Paul Hilbink, Ocean First Education

I grew up on Lake Michigan. Our lives revolved around the water – swimming, sailing, and waterskiing. We listened to the Beach Boys and wore Vans. That first beer, that first kiss – it all took place at the beach.

conservation, marine science, education, ocean literacy

Ocean Conservation from Colorado

Gretchen Heine, Ocean First Education Parent and Ocean Conservationist

The ocean has played an important role in my life. A short 2 hour drive from my childhood home in Oregon, I spent many weekends combing the beach for seashells, digging for clams, and pulling up crab pots from the sea.

360 video, marine science, virtual reality, video, education

360 Degrees of Perspective

Klara Fejer, Ocean First Education

Prepare your senses for the world of the unknown. Being underwater is an immersion into a completely dynamic environment; a parallel where front and back are interchangeable and up and down are a matter of perspective.

360 video, marine science, virtual reality, video, calssroom

360 Video: Bringing a New Ocean Experience Into the Classroom

Andrea Schmuttermair, Ocean First Education Contributing Educator

Smiles. Laughter. Excited voices. Jumping out of seats. Those are the signs we teachers look for in an engaged classroom. Whether it is the beginning of a new unit, or the middle of a deep discussion, student engagement is an important factor in learning.

360 video, marine science, virtual reality, video, research

360-Degree Video: A New, Exciting Tool for Underwater Research

Dr. Caine Delacy, Ocean First Education

Recent advances in camera and computer technology have drastically reduced the cost and size of camera equipment, as millions of owners of pocket cameras can testify. The quality of photos shot by phone can be stunning.

The Amazing Reality of 360

Georg Beyer, Ocean First Education Contributing Videographer

Virtual Reality, “VR”, 360, Oculus Rift: these terms have been creeping into our vernacular over the past few years, but for most people they don’t mean much, other than that​ the main stream media and a bunch of geeks are very excited about their upcoming arrival.

MPA, conservation, coral reef, cuba, caribbean, marine science

In the Garden of the Queen

Graham Casden, Ocean First Education

While there may be a dark cloud around some of Christopher Columbus’ most notable discoveries, one thing for sure is that he recognized the natural beauty of Cuba’s southern coast when he named one of the country’s most sacred parks in honor of the Queen of Spain.

Caribbean Sea, Indo-Pacific Ocean, coral reef, evolution, ecology

Coral Reef Diversity

Dr. Caine Delacy, Ocean First Education

There are many drivers of change in our natural environments. Some happen over long periods of time and some can happen very quickly. Changes that occur naturally happen over long periods of time - millions of years - and have led to what we see today.

manta ray, conservation, Peru, biology, marine science, education

Protecting Giant Manta Rays in Peru

Dr. Kerstin Forsberg, Ocean Frist Education Grant Awardee

The South East Pacific is home to the largest documented population of Giant Manta Rays in the world. Protected in Ecuador, these rays are believed to migrate seasonally into Peru, where their presence was poorly studied, and they received no protection at all.