This webinar series provides ocean acidification communication tools to formal & informal educators, and stakeholders across the country. One of its primary goals, is to promote a more integrated and effective ocean acidification education community by sharing ocean acidification education and communication activities virtually. With awareness of and access to these resources, the ocean acidification education and communication community will be able to utilize and continue to create cutting edge communication tools that incorporate current scientific and communication research.
This series is jointly sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries and Ocean Acidification Program.
Presented by: Kevin Johnson, PhD Candidate, University of California Santa Barbara
The shelled pteropods in the genus Limacina have been identified as an indicator species for monitoring the advancement of ocean acidification throughout the world’s oceans. This is primarily due to the sensitive nature of pteropod shells to changes in the pH of the ocean. In this presentation we will focus on pteropods in the Southern Ocean and use scanning electron micrographs to discuss the effects ocean acidification has on pteropod shells. We will cover information we have learned from laboratory experiments and field collections in both the Southern Ocean and the California Current Ecosystem to inspire use of this indicator organism in educational settings.
About Kevin Johnson:
Kevin Johnson is a PhD. Candidate studying under Prof. Gretchen Hofmann at the University of California, Santa Barbara in the department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology. Kevin’s work focuses on the effects of ocean acidification and ocean warming on two closely related pteropods: Limacina helicina antarctica and Limacina helicina helicina. The majority of this work has focused on characterizing the molecular response of Limacina spp. to the effects of acidification and warming, and documenting pteropod shell dissolution levels in nature.
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Presented by: John Anderson, Director of Education, New England Aquarium
Primary audience: Informal educators and communicators
Date/Time:Wednesday, December 14th, 2016, 3:30pm ET
Presented by: Tullio Rossi, Marine scientist and communicator
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 25th, 2016, 7:30pm ET
Presenters: Dwight Gledhill & Libby Jewett, NOAA Ocean Acidification Program & Sarah-Mae Nelson, Climate Interpreter
Primary audience: Informal educators, stakeholders
Date/time: Friday , May 6th, 6pm ET (3pm PT)
Presenter: Ariana Sutton-Grier, NOAA National Ocean Service
Primary audience: Informal educators, Stakeholders
Date/time: Monday, April 25th, 3pm ET (12pm PT)
Presenter: Stacey Rafalowski, EarthEcho International
Primary audience: Informal and formal educators
Date/time: Tuesday, March 22nd, 3pm ET (12pm PT)