Webinar Series

photo of collage of deep coral sea life

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.).

Upcoming Webinars

 Mats of purple colored Cyanobacteria buoyed up by Methane and Hydrogen Sulfide gas produced underneath them at Middle Island Sinkhole in Lake Huron

Sinkholes to Stars: Exploring Microbial Ecosystems in Lake Huron’s Sinkholes

December 5, 2019 at 4 pm Pacific / 7 pm Eastern

Bopi Biddanda, Annis Water Resources Institute at Grand Valley State University

Join Professor Bopi Biddanda as he shares the excitement of over a decade of exploration of life in Lake Huron’s sinkholes carried out in collaboration with NOAA’s Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. He will ponder the relevance of these findings to major issues of both scientific and societal interest such as Earth’s current biologic and physiologic diversity, oxygenation of early Earth in the distant past, and humanity’s ongoing search for extraterrestrial life. For an introduction to life in Lake Huron’s sinkholes, see this overview educational article.