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.).
Notorious & Delicious: Exploring Sustainable Seafood
July 9, 2020 at 3 pm Pacific / 6 pm Eastern
Allen Susser, James Beard Award Winning Chef
James Beard Award Winning Chef, Allen Susser, is on a mission to motivate people to eat Sustainable Seafood, which rewards them with a delicious meal and benefits the ocean’s health today and into the future. His cookbook, Green Fig & Lionfish, Sustainable Caribbean Cooking focuses on lionfish, nonetheless, these bold flavors and unpretentious fish cooking techniques can be applied to most fish and shellfish. Chef Allen will discuss what can be sustainably harvested within your national marine sanctuaries, and lessons on the best way to cook it. His cooking lessons could be a unique way to educate your audiences and students on sustainable seafood. Join the discussion of sustainability, which like all good fish tales, is growing greater each day.
Understanding Ocean Acidification: Using NOAAs New Educational Tools
August 13, 2020 at 3 pm Pacific / 6 pm Eastern
Rafael DeAmeller, NOAA Environmental Visualization Lab Leader
Data in the Classroom is designed to help teachers and students use real scientific NOAA data to explore dynamic Earth processes and understand the impact of environmental events on a regional and global scale. The interactive module provides authentic research questions and scaled data interactions that give students the opportunity to explore this question (and more). In this presentation, participants will dive deep into Data in the Classroom's Ocean Acidification Module to explore the processes that cause acidification, examine data from across the globe and take a virtual tour of the new web-based curricular modules and data tools.
Giant Seabass: Kings of the Kelp Forest
October 22, 2020 at 3 pm Pacific / 4 pm Eastern
Dr. Ryan Freedman, Research Ecologist, NOAA’s Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
Giant Seabass are a species of large fish that live in the cool waters off the coast of California. This fish is the top predator of the kelp forest ecosystem, but the population has been low because of overfishing. Thanks to government protections in California, Giant Seabass are beginning to return to Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and NOAA is working with other groups to study them. The fish is unique because scientists believe it uses sounds to communicate. NOAA is working to record these sounds in the wild and study how these fish move around Santa Barbara Island, a small offshore island in the sanctuary.