Archived Webinars

The National Marine Sanctuary Webinar Series provides educators with educational and scientific expertise, resources and training to support ocean and climate literacy in the classroom. This series targets formal and informal educators that are engaging students (elementary through college) in formal classroom settings, as well as members of the community in informal educational venues (e.g. after school programs, science centers, aquariums, etc.).

fishing around the world

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish...What Fish?

December 10, 2018 at 6 pm Eastern / 3 pm Pacific

Alexandra M. Avila, Dr. Nancy Foster Scholar at Oregon State University

Are all the fish dying? Have we over fished everything? What are sustainable fisheries? Can I eat tuna? Learn more about the fish you eat, where it came from, and how/where it was caught to help you make sustainable choices to help protect our ocean.

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dungeness crab

Be a Claw Abiding Citizen: Learn how Ocean Acidification could Affect Dungeness Crab

October 17, 2018 at 6 pm Eastern / 3 pm Pacific

Dr. Shelly Trigg, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center and U.S. School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences

What is ocean acidification? And how could it affect the future of Dungeness crab, one of our favorite seafoods? Join us as we walk through a new national marine sanctuaries educational toolkit to equip you for teaching others about what ocean acidification could mean for the Dungeness crab, how this is currently being investigated, and resources to get more involved.

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microplastics on the beach

Plastics in the Ocean: Facts, Fiction, and Unknowns

September 25, 2018 at 6 pm Eastern / 3 pm Pacific

Anna Robuck, Dr. Nancy Foster Scholar at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography

Although plastics are vital in a slew of consumer applications, plastic pollution in the ocean has turned out to be a not-so-fantastic outcome of modern day plastic dependence. This presentation provides an overview of the ocean plastic pollution problem, explaining the difference between marine debris and microplastics. It also will outline the current state of knowledge about microplastic impacts in the ocean and marine food webs, and provide insight into an ongoing research project using seabirds as indicators of plastic pollution in the Northwest Atlantic.

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diver looking at a clipboard while swimming over seaweed

The Devil (Weed) is in the Details: The Spread and Ecology of an Invasive Seaweed

August 22, 2018

Dr. Lindsay Marks, California Sea Grant Fellow for Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and former Dr. Nancy Foster Scholar

Invasive species are the second-greatest driver of biodiversity loss worldwide, and invasive seaweeds represent a major challenge to ocean health. This talk will share what has been learned about a Japanese seaweed called Devil Weed, which is rapidly spreading rapidly across the reefs of southern California. Topics that will be discussed include: why this seaweed is a successful invader; the ways in which it may affect native species; the role that Marine Protected Areas can play in resisting its spread; and techniques that can be used to control this and other invasive seaweeds.

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deep sea

Beyond the Last Frontier: The Deep Ocean and Why It Matters

July 10, 2018

Lisa Levin, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

The deep ocean below 200 meters represents over 90% of the habitable space on this plant. This presentation will consider what is special about deep-sea ecosystems and how human interests and impacts are affecting them. The importance of understanding, conserving and managing deep-ocean ecosystems will be highlighted.

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common dolphins swimming

Dolphin Tales: Studying the Who, When, and Where of Habitat Use

June 6, 2018

Tammy Silva, Ph.D., Former Dr. Nancy Foster Scholar

Dolphin species often play key roles in ecosystems and also use habitats that overlap with areas of human activity. Learn more about when and where dolphin species occur so that the research can inform ecosystem management and mitigate human impacts. This presentation will focus on the biology and ecology of dolphins, current threats, and how technology is helping us learn about their occurrence and distribution.

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planet earth graphic

Understanding El Niño - Using NOAA's New Educational Tools

March 13, 2018

Amy Dean, National Estuarine Research Reserve System

People all over the world experience impacts from El Niño and La Niña, the recurring climate pattern that occurs across the tropical Pacific Ocean. As this year's La Niña subsides, join us for a science-based exploration of this powerful phenomena. In this presentation, participants will dive deep into Data in the Classroom's El Niño Module to examine decades of observations from Earth observing satellites and take a virtual tour of the new web-based curricular modules and data tools. Data in the Classroom is designed to help teachers and students use real scientific data to explore dynamic Earth processes.

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diver photographing big mama coral in amercian samoa

Virtual Dives into America's Underwater Treasures

February 21, 2018

Mitchell Tartt, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

Immerse yourself in the ocean and your national marine sanctuaries without getting wet! These Virtual Reality (VR) voyages use 360-degree images to highlight the amazing habitats, animals, and cultural resources you can find in each national marine sanctuary. Learn more about VR technology and dive into our underwater treasures using your desktop or mobile devices.

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before and after photos of a bleaching event

What is Coral Bleaching?

December 6, 2017

Kelly Drinnen, NOAA Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

Coral bleaching is one of the side effects of an increasingly warmer ocean. Episodes of coral bleaching are happening more regularly and with greater severity as the years progress. But, what exactly is coral bleaching? Is bleached coral, dead coral? Is bleaching preventable? Can coral recover from bleaching? Join us to look at the biology of corals to understand what coral bleaching is and its potential long-term effects on coral reefs.

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marine debris

NOAA Marine Debris Toolkit for Educators: Incorporating Citizen Science and Community Action into an Educational Setting

October 18, 2017

Alyssa Nally, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

The Marine Debris Toolkit serves as a unique collaborative effort between NOAA's Marine Debris Program and Office of National Marine Sanctuaries to reduce our impact on the ocean through hands-on scientific monitoring, targeted education, and community outreach. Composed of teacher resources, data collection and analysis guidelines, and community engagement and outreach activities, this toolkit empowers students to become ocean stewards by taking action against marine debris on campus, in their local community, and at home. During this presentation, participants will receive an in-depth look into this free education tool.

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photo of manta ray

Manta Rays: Studying an Ocean Icon

September 20, 2017

Joshua Stewart, Dr. Nancy Foster Scholar at Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Manta rays are one of the most iconic marine megafauna in the ocean, reaching wingspans of over 20 feet and delighting divers and snorkelers with their gregarious behavior. Dr. Nancy Foster Scholar Joshua Stewart will give a presentation on the biology and ecology of manta rays, current threats and conservation action, including his latest research on mantas, and how new technology is providing insights into these mysterious creatures' lives.

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Forty Years of Conserving Hawai`i's Native Seal

Charles Littnan, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

May 23, 2017

In honor of 2017 Year of the Monk Seal, join Dr. Charles Littnan on a four decade journey that tracks the history and challenges of monk seal conservation in Hawai`i. This presentation will highlight a number of threats to the species and the evolution of a rag tag research program into the most proactive marine mammal recovery program on the planet.

Audience: Formal and informal educators

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photo of World War II, graduates of the Tuskegee pilot

Lake Huron Red Tails! The Tuskegee Airmen Project

Stephanie Gandulla and Wayne Lusardi, NOAA's Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

April 12, 2017

During World War II, Michigan was home to several African American air combat units including many graduates of the Tuskegee pilot training program. As with many similar training programs during the war, dozens of accidents occurred that resulted in the loss of both aircraft and crewmen. Two Tuskegee airplanes have been discovered in Michigan waters near Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Learn about these submerged aircraft and a project where members of the National Association of Black Scuba Divers and Diving with a Purpose participated to document one of the aircraft wrecks in Lake Huron.

Presenters: Stephanie Gandulla and Wayne Lusardi, NOAA's Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Audience: Formal and informal educators

Education Materials

Presentation Slides

Download PPT

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photo of a student building an rov

Explore Your Own Watershed with Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs)

Sarah Waters, NOAA Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

March 22, 2017

Building your own ROV is not as complicated as you think! Find out how students near Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary are designing and building their own ROVs to explore the Thunder Bay River and Lake Huron, as well as participate in environmental stewardship projects. This webinar will showcase how ROVs are used to explore our national marine sanctuaries and provide a basic overview of designing and building ROVs with students for your own explorations!

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photo of a northern elephant seal

Males vs. Females: Feeding Behavior of Northern Elephant Seals

Sarah Kienle, Dr. Nancy Foster Scholar, University of California, Santa Cruz, Long Marine Lab

February 23, 2017

Male and female northern elephant seals exhibit dramatic differences in size, shape and behavior. My research compares the feeding behavior of male and female seals to understand how the sexes use marine resources throughout the North Pacific Ocean.

Education Materials

Resource List

Presentation Slides

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Deep Sea Science in the Classroom: Exploring Coral Communities of the West Coast National Marine Sanctuaries

Rietta Hohman, Greater Farallones Association

January 18, 2017

Take your students on an incredible journey hundreds of feet beneath the surface of the ocean, without ever leaving the classroom! Using research footage from Remotely Operated Vehicles, your students will be able to utilize real scientific methods to explore the unique deep sea coral communities found in our West Coast National Marine Sanctuaries. They will investigate threats, such as ocean acidification, that these precious ecosystems face and learn the importance of long-term scientific monitoring and protection. This program is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and all materials are available for teachers to download from the web free of cost.

Education Materials

Deep Coral Communities Curriculum

Presentation Slides

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photo of a lionfish

Lionfish: Alien Invaders from the Indo-Pacific

Kelly Drinnen, NOAA Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary and Marlies Tumulo, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

Audience: Formal and informal educators

December 1, 2016

Education Materials

Flower Garden Banks Invasive Lionfish Lesson Plan

Lionfish Tag Classroom Activity

Lionfish Reporting Mock Scuba Dive Activity

Lionfish Reporting Worksheet

Lionfish Classroom Slides and Videos

Presentation Slides

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photo of children and teachers in a marsh

Rivers to Reefs: Understanding the Vital Connections Between Rivers and the Ocean

Cathy Sakas, Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

Audience: Formal and informal educators

October 11, 2016

Education Materials

Resource List

Presentation Slides

Webinar Recording


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Bring the Ocean into Your Classroom with National Marine Sanctuaries

Claire Fackler, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

Audience: Formal and informal educators

September 21, 2016

Education Materials

Resources

Presentation Slides

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Sharks of the Channel Islands

Ryan Freedman, NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

Audience: Formal and informal educators

August 23, 2016

Education Materials

Resources

Presentation Slides

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Communicating Climate Change: Resources for Making it Stick

Marlies Tumolo, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and Bruce Moravchik, National Ocean Service

Audience: Formal and informal educators

May 25, 2016

Education Materials

Know Your Swamp Booklet

Climate's Heart Metaphor

Heat Trapping Blanket Metaphor

Osteoporosis of the Sea Metaphor

Regular and Rampant CO2 Metaphor

Protection Value

Responsible Management Value

NNOCCI Framing Summary

National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI) Presentation

Climate Stewards Presentation

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photo of diver and shipwreck

Great Ships on the Great Lakes

Sarah Waters, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Audience: Formal and informal educators

April 13, 2016

Education Materials

Preservation through Education: Activities & Programs

Piecing it Together: Photo Mosaic Activity Lesson Plan

Shipwreck Detectives Lesson Plan

Other Thunder Bay Lesson Plans

Presentation Slides

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photo of logo of winged ambassador program

Winged Ambassadors: Ocean Literacy Through the Eyes of Albatross

Jennifer Stock, Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Audience: Formal and informal educators

March 24, 2016

Education Materials

Winged Ambassador Curriculum

Voyage of Wisdom - a video from the Polynesian Voyaging Society about Wisdom the Albatross

Wisdom the Albatross' Facebook Page

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Underwater Exploration in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

Daniel Wagner, Ph.D., Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument

Audience: Formal and informal educators

February 17, 2016

Educational Materials:

2016 Hohonu Moana: Exploring Deep Waters off Hawaiʻi Expedition

Expedition Education Module

Presentation Slides

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photo of diver and shipwreck

Maritime Archaeology: Exploring and Discovering Shipwrecks

Shannon Ricles, Monitor National Marine Sanctuary

Discover how to integrate STEM and social studies as you explore the underwater world of shipwrecks and the tools of maritime archaeologists.

Audience: Formal and informal educators

January 13, 2016

Educational Materials:

Maritime Archaeology: Discovering and Exploring Shipwrecks Curriculum

Shipwreck of the Deep Educator Guide

Presentation Slides

Webinar Recording