"Slow" marine life is particularly mysterious. As colorful, bizarre-looking, and environmentally important as we know corals and sponges are, their simple day-to-day life is hidden. We know some bits about their biochemistry, corals’ interaction with zooxanthella algae, their life cycles, and systematics. Unfortunately, it’s hard to tell what we don’t know about the rest, and particularly when it comes to interaction with other organisms happening over long periods of time.
Time lapse cinematography reveals a whole different world full of hypnotic motion and my idea was to make coral reef life more spectacular and thus closer to our awareness. - An excerpt fromDaniel Stoupin's amazing website "Microworlds"
This month Asta and Andrew were stoked to start work at Sailing Educational Adventure Programs (a.k.a Sea Programs!). As Mate aboard the SEA Programs’ 52’ wooden ketch A Fine Madness this Spring, we will be taking turns at being responsible for shipboard programming for5-day sailing trips with groups of up to 15 grade 9 and 10 students. In fact, SEA programs runs two vessels; we will also get the chance to be crew aboard their other ship, The Duen, a 22m traditional wooden gaff rigged ketch (shown on the left). Working aboard with fellow biologists, we hope to expand our ocean literacy curriculum and learn new ways in which to integrate it into the high school math and science curriculum.
Check Andrew's Blog to see some photos from the latest trip from Sidney through the Gulf Islands!
Weird Worms from the Ocean Wild! Anyone interested in marine invertebrates, SCUBA diving or underwater photography simply MUST check out the incredible work of Russian biologist Alexander Semenov.
He is a Russian biologist and avid underwater photographer who is based at the White Sea Biological Station. WSBS is a subdivision of Biology Department of Lomonosov Moscow State University. WSBS MSU is the base for the Research & Education Centre "Marine Biology, Oceanography and Geology".
Follow the link or click on the photograph to find more of his amazing creepy creatures!
It was back to school for Asta and Andrew as they completed their Small Vessel Operator's Proficiency (SVOP) and Radio Operator's Certification (ROC-MC). Being back on the other side of the desk gave us some interesting perspectives on teaching, and some cool ideas to incorporate into the classroom!
Here's a neat way to use the real world example of Radar Horizon to teach algebraic equations using radicals!
Asta does it again! Check out this awesome article from Cruising World about Asta's "One Water Story" expedition across the Great Lakes and how she got everyday people involved in important scientific research!
Asta loves exploring and studying the exciting world under the sea. Each week, she will attempt to learn and answer her reader's most burning marine science questions, and provide some resources that help turn the question into a lesson plan! This week, she delves into the world of the prickly pinnipeds, to answer a reader's question:
"Why do Seals need Whiskers? What do they do with them?" -Sam, Age 10
Click on the Seal's whiskers or go to our Marine Science Blog to view Asta's newest blog entry!
I've recently come across an outstanding resource for teachers! Author Jaime Bastedo has written a book called "On thin ice: Polar Bears in a Climate of Change". The book is a novel for teens which weaves mystery and Inuit culture with the spirituality of a fearsome top predator against the backdrop of a changing Arctic landscape. The murder mystery delves into the spiritual realm and also highlights the challenges and realities of global climate change.
The most interesting (and useful) aspects of Jaime's work are the teacher resources that accompany the book; there are lesson plans including pre-reading and post-reading activities and an excellent resource list. The resource list includes over 20 different websites for teachers that are would be an great starting point for an entire unit on climate change, regardless of the subject that you teach!
I would highly recommend checking out the website: www.onthinice.ca and having a look at the lessons and comprehensive resource list!
In Asta's latest article she interviews Dr. Marina Fastigi Co-Founder of the YWF-KIDO Foundation. This is an animal rehabilitation centre and sea turtle nesting research facility in Carriacou where Asta volunteered for 9 weeks. Check out the article to learn more about their work!