The Mediterranean Sea

The Mediterranean Sea

Klara Fejer, Digital Media at Ocean First Education

Somewhere between the tropics and the arctic, you can find the largest enclosed sea in the world. It is within this enclosure that my dreams came to life. The convergence of three continents, the Mediterranean Sea is known for many things besides its cultural heritage.

Updates from the field – Twilight Reefs of Pakin Atoll

Updates from the field – Twilight Reefs of Pakin Atoll

Dr. Caine Delacy, Ocean First Education, and Dr. Sonia Rowley, Grant Recipient

Our grant recipient, Dr. Sonia Rowley, will soon be heading deep below the surface to the mesophotic region of coral reefs to learn more about the evolution and biogreographic drivers of reef organisms. Dr. Rowley and her team will be using closed-circuit rebreathers to reach depths of beyond 300 ft (100 m).

Bringing Live Ocean Data to the Classroom

Bringing Live Ocean Data to the Classroom

Michael Rice, Director of Information Technology

Since the early 2000s, there has been an international effort to monitor the temperature and salinity of the world’s oceans. The Argo project (http://www.argo.ucsd.edu/), with more than 3600 buoys around the world, collects data at various depths and sends this data out every 10 days.

You did what?!? Moving from Florida to Colorado to create a splash about marine biology

You did what?!? Moving from Florida to Colorado to create a splash about marine biology

Catherine E Christopher, Curriculum Development and Outreach Director

People ask me why I moved from the sunny beaches of South Florida to the snow-capped Rocky Mountains of Colorado to write marine science curriculum. And with good reason. Who would leave the warm, salty sea air and 24-7 access to the Atlantic Ocean for, gasp, winter!?! To be honest, it was an easy decision to make.

Updates from the field – ROVs and Red-Legged Kittiwakes

Updates from the field – ROVs and Red-Legged Kittiwakes

Dr. Caine Delacy, Director of Science and Research at Ocean First Education

Two of our grant recipients, Dr. Rachel Orbin and Dr. Andrew Thaler, have been busy with their research preparations and even getting the first phases of their work completed.

Can Gamification Save The Ocean?

Can Gamification Save The Ocean?

Paul Hilbink, eLearning Specialist

Gamification has been talked about in elearning circles for the past few years, but it's become a powerful problem-solving tool in general. It's the new killer app for new product development and complex problem solving.

Puppy-like Groupers in Cuba

Puppy-like Groupers in Cuba

Klara Fejer, Digital Media at Ocean First Education

Fellow intrepid explores, we come to you today reminiscing of Cuba, an isolated and exotic country with many colors to spare.

Education through the Eyes of the Ocean

Education through the Eyes of the Ocean

Cyndi Long, Curriculum Developer and Editor

It didn’t matter what science class I was teaching – Introduction to Physical Science, Genetics, AP Biology, Aquatics – if I mentioned “the ocean”, students’ eyes would light up and they would hang on my every word. Every teacher’s dream.

No One Said, “No.”

Joe La Magna

Starting a marine science program at New Covenant High School in landlocked Lynchburg, VA was not on my “to do” list as I read the Spring 2013 issue of Alert Diver. Yet that is exactly what happened, and two years later I am happy to report eleven students have completed the course and earned their PADI open water certification.

Marine Wilderness 10+10 Workshop

Marine Wilderness 10+10 Workshop

Dr. Caine Delacy, Director of Science and Research

Last week, I traveled to Imperial Beach, California, to join a group of expert scientists, conservationists, managers, and photographers in discussing the Marine Wilderness 10+10 (MW10+10) initiative spearheaded by the WILD Foundation.