New York’s borders encompass fresh, estuarine, and salt waters, each plagued by harmful algal bloom (HAB) outbreaks that pose risks to human health and the economic vitality of coastal communities. NCCOS is informing the upstate New York public and management community of the predicted rise of freshwater CyanoHABs by sponsoring workshops that provide information on a […]
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On June 3, NCCOS’s Dr. Susan Baker met with 85 North Bethesda Middle School students during the 2013 career day. All middle school grades participated and students were able to select speakers based on their planned presentations. Dr. Baker’s presentation was selected by 85 budding marine biologist.
On May 9th NCCOS’s Dr. Matt Kendall engaged 16 kindergartners at Seneca Academy in Darnestown, MD by demonstrating his scuba gear and talking about what it was like working underwater. Dr. Kendall showed short videos of squid locomotion, squids changing color and shooting ink to protect themselves. The children then dissected real squid and studied major […]
NCCOS-sponsored scientists with the hypoxia Ecological Forecasting Project in Lake Erie are presenting research findings related to Best Management Practices (BMPs), phosphorus loading, and climate interactions in the western Lake Erie watershed to the Western Lake Erie Basin Partnership on June 20 in Toledo, Ohio. NCCOS scientists will also present the methodology behind NOAA’s seasonal […]
NCCOS is participating in a public-private program to reduce nutrient inputs to the Gulf of Mexico hypoxic (“dead”) zone that managers expect to simultaneously benefit threatened native grassland bird species in steep decline The Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative (ETPBR LLC) is proposing a “Gulf Hypoxia Restoration Incentive Program” to reduce […]
On June 25, NCCOS’s Quay Dortch was a featured speaker at the first Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) summer webinar series on harmful algal blooms (HABs) and nutrient pollution, and their impacts on freshwater and marine ecosystems. Dr. Dortch provided attendees with an introduction to marine HABs, their toxins, causes, and their impacts. She was joined by […]
Clearspring Elementary School in Damascus, MD held their career day on June 30, 2013. Susan Baker spoke to around 70 4th grade students about marine science. She illustrated life as a marine biologist by telling stories about her time in the ocean. A hand poll indicated about 2/3 of the students would consider becoming marine […]
On May 18, 2013, Prince Georges County, Maryland held their elementary school level (3rd-5th grade) regional science Fair. NCCOS’s Dr. Susan Baker volunteered as category chair for the life science projects and helped judge fourteen 5th grade projects.