Teachers and Students

ACER Launches Fact Sheets Series 3801

The ACER fact sheet series focuses on the goals and emerging research of the consortium and will consist of 15 total fact sheets, with two fact sheets per each of the seven ACER research groups discussing their research and publications. The first sheet, Introducing ACER, shares the importance of diversity and resilience to the consortium’s research. Read More

Science at the Stadium Scores Big with Game-Day Attendees Graduate student Fanny Girard (left) joins game-day fans at the ECOGIG-II Ocean Discovery Zone. The coral banner makes a beautiful photo backdrop! (Photo by ECOGIG-II)

Scientists and education staff have tapped into a novel venue – football games – to reach new audiences and share ongoing research and ocean technology. The research consortium Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf II (ECOGIG II), funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI), took their mobile Ocean Discovery Read More

Join the 2017 NOAA Teacher-at-Sea Program Teacher-at-Sea 2017

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance’s Education and Engagement Team is pleased to announce NOAA’s Teacher at Sea Program will accept applications for 2017 starting in November. Applications and references are accepted only through an online application system from November 1 – 30, 2016. The application closes at 5:00 pm ET on November 30. Until then, interested applicants should: 1. Visit Read More

C-IMAGE Releases One Gulf Expedition Photos and Videos One Gulf Expedition - C-IMAGE

C-IMAGE Releases One Gulf Expedition Photos and Videos From 2 Aug-10 Sept, 20 researchers from the C-IMAGE Consortium circumnavigated the Gulf of Mexico studying fish toxicity between 20-180 fathoms (36-330m). The science crew caught 2,442 fish through 69 demersal long-lining stations. Over 600 photos documenting the expedition’s equipment, crew, and research activities are now available Read More

Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach Program Seminar seminar

Sept 27, Long Beach, MS: Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach Program Seminar   Titled Building resilient communities: Lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, this seminar will identify traits that made communities more resilient after the oil spill, discuss programs and resources available to communities, and share lessons learned in overcoming disasters and identify ways Read More

Dispatches From the Gulf – 50 Short Videos Dispatches From the Gulf

“Dispatches from the Gulf” is a multi-media initiative that investigates the environmental health of the Gulf of Mexico six years after the Deepwater Horizon blowout on April 20, 2010. That’s when the world’s ninth largest body of water became a place where thousands of communities and millions of citizens were put in jeopardy by a Read More

DEEPEND Blog Introduces Kids to Bioacoustics 24 hr Vertical Migration Pattern of the Deep Scattering Layer in N. Gulf of Mexico

Another one of the key components to the DEEPEND research is the collection of sound data! It’s called bio-acoustics and it’s another form of taking data that turns sounds into pictures for us to see! Ben, from Florida International University, was on the last cruise working the acoustics and was able to use the data Read More

Fostering a love of learning – CARTHE Outreach colorful drift cards

CARTHE teamed up with Project Give Kids (PGkids) to expose a bright group of foster kids, ranging in age from 1st grade to high school, to the amazing world of marine science. The students started the day with CARTHE outreach manager, Laura Bracken, who taught them about ocean currents and enlisted their help in painting drift cards Read More

CARTHE and DROPPS Scientists Team Up for UT Summer Science Program 3163

DROPPS Consortium had another successful collaboration with CARTHE for the UT Summer Science program! We taught 3rd-4th graders about how oil spill scientists sometimes use drift cards to study oil spills to see where currents may carry the oil. Then they designed their own scientific drift cards and tossed them off the UT Pier! Stay Read More

CONCORDE’s Mission to Mentor Young Scientists Apparent in Spring Campaign and Beyond 3141

Two postdocs, Ali Deary and Adam Greer, took turns as Chief Scientist aboard the R/V Point Sur during the recent Spring Campaign, while three others—Kemal Cambazoglu, Sabrina Parra, and Inia Soto-Ramos—devised the cruise plan for the R/V Pelican. Earlier in the year PhD student Adam Boyette organized and led a research cruise to study the Read More

Teacher-At-Sea Chronicles DEEPEND Cruise 3086

Christia Hewlett was the official Teacher-At-Sea during the consortium’s most recent research cruise. She documented the equipment, experiences, and even the researchers on board for the DEEPEND blog. You can find all of her posts about the cruise here. “I hope that I will be able to take back what I have learned and share Read More

DEEPEND Researcher Brings the Deep Sea to High School Classroom 2687a

Mike Novotny recently visited an environmental science class at Sheridan Technical High School to talk about the world’s largest biome, the deep sea. He explained the challenges, organisms, and adaptations of the deep sea’s unique ecosystems and passed around specimens of strange deep-sea creatures. Click for more information….

Get to Know C-IMAGE Student of the Month Adriana Gaytán-Caballero 2673a

Adriana Gaytán-Caballero studies the natural hydrocarbon seepages on the Campeche knolls as a graduate student at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Special note:  This story is presented in both Spanish and English. Learn more about Andriana’s research and growth as a scientist here. “Working with C-IMAGE II cruise team was an excellent experience and opportunity to Read More

RECOVER Attends Surfrider Conference 2401

RECOVER Researchers recently attended the Surfrider Foundation’s 2015 Florida State Conference to discuss their research and answer questions about the post-spill fate of mahi-mahi and red drum. The Surfrider Foundation is a nonprofit that aims to protect the world’s oceans, waves, and beaches through a powerful activist network. For more information….  

CONCORDE to Host Spring Teacher Workshop 2393a

Workshop Details Date: March 12, 2016 Time: 8:30 – 4:30 p.m. Additional Info: This event will take place at USM Gulf Coast Research Lab in Ocean Springs, MS. The upcoming March 12th workshop will allow teachers to learn more about oil spill research’s current findings, interact with a consortium researcher, and develop future lesson plans focusing on Deepwater Read More

ACER Engages Local Teachers to Reach K-12 Students 2371

The Alabama Center for Ecological Resilience (ACER) Teacher Advisory Group is a team of local science teachers who will work with the consortium’s Educational Team to increase students’ interest in and understanding of the northern Gulf of Mexico. More Information…. http://acer.disl.org/news/2016/02/02/working-with-the-experts/ The goals of ACER’s Education Team include communicating the importance of the northern Gulf of Mexico and the Read More

CWC Announces “Connecting to the Marsh through Art” Workshop 2363b

RECONNECT WITH THE COAST WHAT: Gulf Lagniappe Workshop – Connecting to the marsh through art WHEN: FEBRUARY 27th 9am-2pm WHERE: LUMCON’s DeFelice Marine Center WHO: Adults 18 years and older COST: $20/person – – lunch and art supplies are provided This one day workshop is for anyone that has an interest in learning more about Read More

RECOVER Hosts Swim Performance and Behavior Course 2439

The short hands-on course offered American and Canadian students first-hand experience working with leading experts and taught them how to measure fishes’ swim performance and behavior. Click for Facebook link to course images…

DEEPEND Announces – Creep into the DEEPEND – Summer Camps deependlogo

The camps target Kindergarten to 6th grade students and will take place the summer of 2016 at museums and science centers across the country. Campers will meet DEEPEND researchers, engage in science-oriented crafts and games, and much more! Details on camp locations and registration are coming soon. Visit our Facebook page…

CARTHE and RECOVER Participate in Women in Science Day Workshop women-in-science-day_2059

This past Saturday we had the pleasure of participating in the annual Exploring Marine Science Day for 6th-7th grade girls, organized by the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science and the Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment (CARTHE). We taught 50 girls from different Miami junior Read More

AUV Jubilee: CONCORDE Coordinates Gulf-Wide Data Collection Event AUV_Jubilee_1614d

The AUV Jubilee was a premier event to coordinate autonomous underwater vehicles, known as AUVs or gliders, and other in situ operations in the Gulf of Mexico during July 2015. Called a “big science party,” the name used the term Jubilee to refer to the Gulf Coast phenomenon during which naturally occurring hypoxia pushes fishclose Read More

ADDOMEx Researcher Helps Introduce Teachers to Engineering James_Chiu_1579

James Chiu presented the ADDOMEx Consortium’s research to nearly seventy teachers participating in a program called Team-E Science, which will help them better understand engineering concepts. The program is part of a three-year endeavor to implement engineering curriculum in Merced and Mariposa county schools. Underrepresented minority groups make up more than half of the student body Read More

K-12 Science Classroom Activities in Spanish by CWC CWC small logo

Actividades de clase K-12 en Español The lesson plans below are oil spill related and inspired by GoMRI funded research. Some of these are general, and it may be necessary to modify the activities for specific grade levels.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Murt Conover, Senior Marine Educator of the Coastal Waters Read More

Professional Development Teacher Workshop Features GoMRI Research CARTHE_workshop_1599

Earlier this month, South Florida teachers attended the CARTHE-hosted science visualization workshop at the University of Miami, intended to help create improved future resources for sharing science. The workshop featured CARTHE science, NOAA’s global drifter program, RECOVER consortium, University of Miami Rosenstiel School scienitists and faciliites, and UM Visual Graphics Professor Alberto Cairo. We hope Read More

Young Scientist Visualizes Risk to Whales in an Oil Spill Scenario Alek with map of his research area

Alek stands next to a map of his research area, holding the drift cards he used in his oil spill study in front of a nautical chart of the Salish Sea. (Provided by Alek) Fueled by a passion for science and endangered species, Alek designed and executed a research project that involved scientists from eight Read More

Scientists Put ROV Technology in Hands of Teachers and Students 3355a

As science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills become increasingly important to the 21st century workforce, what better way to foster those skills in middle and high school students than an old-fashioned friendly competition? Over the past four years, Deep-C and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) have trained fifty-five teachers in summer workshops and Read More

National Ocean Science Bowl winners get a taste of life on a research ship National Ocean Science Bowl Winners

This year’s National Ocean Science Bowl finalists got a treat at the end of the April 2015 competition held in Ocean Springs, MS. ECOGIG co-principal investigator Dr. Vernon Asper of the University of Southern Mississippi hosted the finalists for an afternoon aboard the research vesselPoint Sur, which was just returning from its six-day research cruise in Read More

Bob The Drifter Inspires Singapore Classroom to Conduct Oil Spill Research Experiment Students first created their drifter design on an iPad before constructing it in real life. (Provided by: Jenny Harter)

A fourth grade class at Singapore American School found Bob the Drifter and the CARTHE science group while researching ocean science and pollution online. CARTHE’s drifter experiments, GLAD and SCOPE, are helping scientists understand how ocean surface currents move pollutants such as oil. CARTHE’s visually-engaging experiments and their animated, data-gathering mascot “Bob” motivated these young students Read More

High School Teacher Holds Class on the Beach High School Teacher Holds Class at the Beach

What could be better than having class on the beach and conducting actual research to boot? See how Shawn Walker, a marine science teacher at West Florida High School, transforms his students into scientists. A CPALMS perspective Video.

High School Students Work Alongside Woods Hole Experts High School Students Work Alongside Woods Hole Experts

Watch how these high school students work alongside Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution experts conducting oil spill science. A CPALMS perspective Video by Catherine Carmichael.

LBL Beacon Recovery

Middle School Student Anja Diercks helps recover the acoustic LBL (Long Base Line) beacon she had released from the ocean floor using an acoustic telemetry system minutes before. The Gulf of Mexico had a surprise for her too.

LBL Beacon Recovery Release

Middle School Student Anja Diercks learns about acoustic release operation to recover a Long Base Line (LBL) acoustic beacon after a successful AUV dive. These LBL beacons are necessary in aiding the Inertial Navigation System of the AUV while on survey on the ocean floor, sometimes at depths of 1600 m or more.

NBA Player Makes Science the Star for Miami Youth CARTHE_NBAJones_2305a

NBA Champion James Jones took the stage for young fans this July, but not to talk about sports. Instead, his goal was to get kids excited about cutting-edge science happening in their home town. Over 40 kids participated in his week-long Crew 22 Training Camp hosted by the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine Read More

Teens Explore Oil Spill Impacts on Wetlands through Science and Art CWC_Art-ScienceCamp_2294a

Each summer, parents send their children to camp, trying to match their interests while broadening their horizons. This year, the parents of ten Louisiana students hit the jackpot: the Coastal Waters Consortium (CWC) inaugural Art and Science Camp. This camp challenged participants, engaging both their analytical and creative talents to learn about a locally-relevant and Read More

Project GOO Recruits Students To Help Dig Up Gulf Oil Spill Evidence Goo

Beach lovers and tourism officials have a burning desire for every trace — every tiny tar ball, tar mat or oil-covered seashell — of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster to vanish from our otherwise pristine beaches. The quicker the gooey invaders disappear, the better. (From PNJ.com / by Kimberly Blair) — Yet a Read More

Gary Finch Outdoors CARTHE Drifters Field Trip Gary Finch Outdoors CARTHE Drifters Field Trip

Scientists from the University of Miami have been visiting our area for the last three weeks studying the movements of ocean currents along the coast in order to observe how they carry oil, fish larvae or toxins in the water. On this particular day, 7th grade science students from Episcopal Day School in Pensacola were Read More

Student Drifter Competition for Coastal Oil Experiment has Cascading Wins 2444a

It was a tall order, but high school students rose to the challenge: they integrated physics, engineering, and scientific curiosity and created functional data-gathering drifters. They also became part of a scientific effort to improve predictions of how oil moves through coastal waters and onto shores. In December at Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, scientists deployed Read More

Oil Patty Research with Top Scientists Turns Students into Citizen Science Enthusiasts 2114a

Talk about compounding interest! Put together scientists and teachers who are passionate about their work with students who are eager to help with ongoing research and watch as excitement fuels student engagement, sparks career interest, and feeds enthusiasm of all. And as a side bonus, research is conducted more efficiently in both time and cost. Read More

Tulane Scientists Hold Oil Spill Q&A Event with Vietnamese Fishing Community C-MEDSVietnameseFishing_2256a

Many people outside of the Gulf Coast region are not aware of the large population of Vietnamese residents who live across this area, in concentrated communities from Texas to Alabama. Arriving as refugees during and after the Vietnam War, they settled along the Gulf Coast to work in the booming commercial fishing industry.  Today, the Read More

Educators Dive into ROV Training and Emerge with Innovative Teaching Tools Fairview High School teacher Stephanie Chambers navigates an underwater ROV while out at sea aboard DISL’s R/V Alabama-Discovery. (Photo credit: Tina Miller-Way, DISL)

  Ten high school teachers from Alabama and Florida are returning to their 2013-2014 science classes armed with new skills, materials, and inspiration.  In July, these educators attended a five-day workshop entitled Technology in Marine Science. They built and operated Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and, more importantly, learned how to use them as teaching tools Read More

Ahoy! Teachers Take to the High Seas to Learn the Science of Oil Spill Research Skype ship-to-shore video conference from deck of research vessel

Middle and high school teachers in Florida put on their sea legs, boarded the R/V Weatherbird II, and conducted science that matters to their students and communities.  Dr. Teresa Greely (L) assists C-IMAGE Chief Scientist Leslie Schwierzke-Wade (middle) as she talks with 3rd graders at Jamerson Elementary in Florida during a Skype ship-to-shore video conference. Read More