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2018 Student Webinar Series

Posted By Jennifer Magnusson, Wednesday, April 11, 2018

NMEA is hosting two FREE live webinars this spring. Educators may bring their students or attend on their own. It is a great opportunity for young people in particular to learn about conservation, citizen science, and careers in marine science.

May 9 @ 1:00 pm ET

Citizen Science on the Beach: Research and Outreach with California Grunion

Dr. Karen Martin (Pepperdine University) and Melissa Studer (Beach Ecology Coalition)

Grunion runningThe spectacular midnight runs of California Grunion are well known to Californians. This endemic silverside fish, found only off California and Baja California, shares critical spawning habitat with millions of beach goers along one of the world’s most heavily populated coastlines. Spawning occurs during spring and summer, the times of heaviest human use. Although regulations offer some protection, human impacts on California Grunion include a recreational fishery with bare-handed catching, and habitat loss from shoreline armoring and beach erosion. This webinar will examine the adaptations and adventures of these amazing fish in the California beach sand, and the influence of citizen scientists called Grunion Greeters on beach management and protection of this charismatic species. 

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Vaquita: The world’s most endangered marine mammal

Dr. James Danoff-Burg  (The Living Desert)

VaquitaPlease join Dr. James Danoff-Burg, Director of Conservation at The Living Desert, as he discusses conservation efforts for the critically endangered vaquita porpoise. Both classrooms and individuals are invited to join this webinar.

You can listen a recording of the webinar here >

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Guest blog by Sean Russell: Join OCEARCH’s Chris Fischer for an NMEA Student Webinar

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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At NMEA, we’re working to inspire and support the next generation of marine science educators and conservationists. As part of this effort, we’re excited to announce our first NMEA Student Webinar will take place on Friday, May 5 at 2 p.m. EST and feature special guest, OCEARCH Founding Chairman and Expedition Leader, Chris Fischer. Through his presentation, Collaborative White Shark Science, Chris will share his experiences leading global shark research expeditions and OCEARCH’s work with scientists and students to drive shark conservation efforts. Individual students and classrooms are invited to join NMEA for this special, free presentation. To participate, please complete this sign-up form. Instructions for joining the webinar will be e-mailed to all registered participants in advance!

Chris is an ocean explorer who's led 25 global expeditions researching great white sharks, tiger sharks, and other apex predators to advance conservation, education, and public safety. Through socially innovative partnerships with Costa Sunglasses, YETI Coolers, Shell, Contender, Yamaha, SAFE Boats, and Landry’s Inc., OCEARCH travels the world enabling teams of regional and international scientists by providing them with 15 minutes of unprecedented hands-on access to mature sharks to conduct approximately 12 studies on each animal.

In 2013, Fischer launched the Global Shark Tracker website and mobile app, used by millions worldwide, as part of his vision for ultimate inclusion and open source sharing of data. In 2014 he announced a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curriculum based on the Tracker, developed in partnership with Landry’s. Teachers have downloaded more than 3,900 lesson plans to date.

He’s appeared in 210 TV episodes on the National Geographic Channel, HISTORY, ESPN, and others. His work has generated 8 billion media impressions worldwide, furthering his mission of bringing the ocean into everyone’s lives.

Fischer is a recipient of The Explorers Club 2014 Lowell Thomas Medal for Imagination in Exploration, joining the ranks of the world’s greatest explorers. He is the Founding Chairman of OCEARCH, winner of the 2014 Nominet Trust 100 Award, recognizing the world’s 100 most inspiring examples of social innovation.

Working aboard the 126 ft. M/V OCEARCH vessel, 131 scientists from 70 institutions are generating unprecedented research data, filling critical knowledge gaps to save shark and human lives. More than 50 scientific papers are in process as a result.

Be sure to complete the registration form and join us for this special event!

- Sean Russell, NMEA Board of Directors

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Guest Blog by Sean Russell: 2016 Youth Ocean Conservation Summit registration open

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Thursday, November 3, 2016

YOCS logoRegistration for the 2016 Youth Ocean Conservation Summit, which will take place on Saturday, December 10 at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Fla., is open through November 18! Attendees at this year’s event will be inspired by dynamic speakers, including a keynote address by OCEARCH Founding Chairman and Expedition Leader, Chris Fischer as well as presenters from the National Park Service, CNN, Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation, the Bow Seat, Mote Marine Laboratory, University of South Florida, City of Sarasota, EarthEcho International and more!

Participants will learn from students leading ocean conservation programs in their communities, have the opportunity to develop plans for their own ocean conservation projects, and take part in workshops and trainings designed to give them the skills needed to ensure the success of these projects. Participants will also get the chance to network with conservation organizations, and other young people who are passionate about ocean conservation!Youth Summit

To register for the Summit visit and complete the online registration form. The registration fee for the event is $13 per participant, and includes lunch, snacks, and program materials. For an additional $5.25, participants can purchase a limited edition Youth Ocean Conservation Summit t-shirt designed by world-renowned marine artist, Wyland. On the site you can also view the complete Summit program where you can learn more about the sessions and speakers featured at the event, and find out about additional activities for Summit participants including our kick off Film Festival on December 9 and Sarasota Bay Exploration on December 11.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to let me know!

- Sean Russell, NMEA Board Member and Youth Ocean Conservation Summit Director

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Youth Conference at NMEA 2016

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Wednesday, March 23, 2016
NMEA youth conference participants

On Tuesday, June 28, the National Marine Educators Association invites students in high school and college who are passionate about marine science, education, and conservation to join them for a special Youth Conference at our annual conference in Orlando, Fla.

This day-long event will connect student participants to experts in the fields of marine science education through engaging sessions and workshops and give them a chance to present their personal marine conservation/education work in a professional setting. Additionally, this event will give students a chance to learn about careers in marine science education by networking with professional educators from diverse backgrounds and by providing them with an opportunity to learn about how the National Marine Educators Association can support their career interests in marine conservation. NMEA youth conference participants

During the day participants will also have the chance to work with their peers on hands-on marine conservation service projects, visit the marine animal rescue and rehabilitation center at SeaWorld Orlando, and take part in the Conference evening event at SeaWorld Orlando, allowing for additional networking with members of the National Marine Educators Association. The conference registration fee of $25 includes all activities, lunch, dinner, and admission to the National Marine Educators Association evening event at SeaWorld Orlando, as well as a one year NMEA student membership! We hope you’ll join us for this special event!

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5th anniversary of Youth Ocean Conservation Summit to be celebrated in Florida this November

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Friday, September 18, 2015
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Join NMEA board member Sean Russell for the 5th anniversary Youth Ocean Conservation Summit, which will be held on Saturday, November 14 at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Fla.! This event will provide young people with a unique opportunity to learn about current threats to marine ecosystems, develop action plans for their own conservation projects to address these issues in their local communities, and take part in special training sessions designed to give them the skills necessary to make these projects successful. Registration for this event, as well as the full summit details, is now available.

In celebration of the 5th anniversary of the Summit, the Community Ocean Conservation Film Festival will kick-off the weekend at Mote Marine Laboratory on the evening of November 13. This event will feature the award-winning film Shark Girl, which follows the powerful story of twenty-one year old Madison Stewart, and her work to save sharks. Admission to this event is free, but seating is limited and attendees must RSVP by completing the registration form. This event will also feature remarks from renowned shark conservation advocate, Wendy Benchley, a showcase of youth-driven ocean conservation projects and artwork, and a silent auction/raffle fundraiser.

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Youth Ocean Conservation Summit draws over 200 participants to Florida

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Thursday, November 20, 2014
Updated: Thursday, November 20, 2014

Over 200 youth participants, from 10 states, attended the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota, Fla., on November 8. The summit, which is in its fourth year, is organized by the Stow It-Don't Throw It Project, headed by Sean Russell (pictured below at the Summit with participants), who is the project director, as well as a very active NMEA member. 

2014 Youth Ocean Conservation Summit

The event is designed to empower youth participants with the knowledge, skills, and resources to successfully launch ocean conservation projects in their local communities. The day was kicked off by an inspiring keynote from Steve Culbertson, President and CEO of Youth Service America, with the powerful message that “the ocean needs young people now.”

The summit continued with outstanding presentations by past Youth Ocean Conservation Summit participants who shared their work over the past year on ocean conservation initiatives in their local communities.2014 Youth Ocean Conservation Summit

Student attendees then had the chance to work on action plans for their own ocean conservation projects with the help of expert mentors from across the country, and take part in a session focused on careers in ocean conservation. Participants also had the chance to attend workshop focused on topics such as fundraising, social media marketing, using art as advocacy, working with government officials, filmmaking, and grant writing.

2014 Youth Ocean Conservation Summit

The Summit ended with an inspiring “call to action” message from long time event supporter, singer/songwriter Jack Johnson!

Immediately following the Summit, the third annual Community Ocean Conservation Film Festival provided an additional avenue to raise awareness about ocean conservation issues, and the work of young people in the field of ocean conservation, to a greater community audience. This year’s event featured screenings of the winning films from the 2014 Community Ocean Conservation Film Festival, the short film Cabo Pulmo, and the featured presentation – Mission Blue, the powerful story of Dr. Sylvia Earle and her mission to save the ocean.

The 2014 Youth Ocean Conservation Summit weekend wrapped up with an exploration of Sarasota Bay featuring hands on seining, marine life observation, and kayaking experiences on Sunday morning. A wonderful way to end a successful and inspiring weekend!

2014 Youth Ocean Conservation Summit

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