Sharing Ocean Acidification Resources for Communicators and Educators

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.


Pteropods as indicators of global change: From research to education

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 6-7 PM EDT

Presented by: Kevin Johnson, PhD Candidate, University of California Santa Barbara

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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.

*pdfs of the presentations are available in the "Webinar Archives" below.  If you'd like a video recording of the webinar please email to make a request.


Exploring Ocean Acidification Through Media With EarthEcho Expeditions: Shell Shocked

SOARCE Webinar

Author: Jennifer Mintz - NOAA Federal/Tuesday, March 22, 2016/Categories: education & outreach, SOARCE Archive

Presenter: Stacey Rafalowski, EarthEcho International

Primary audience: Informal  and formal educators

Date/time: Tuesday, March 22nd, 3pm ET (12pm PT)

Young people are today’s stakeholders and advocates for change. Using EarthEcho Expedition: Shell Shocked videos and project-based learning tools educators can activate students’ critical thinking around this “wicked” global problem. This webinar will provide tools to embed best practices of service learning and project-based learning into a unit on OA for middle-grade level youth.

It takes more than knowledge of environmental issues to equip young people with civic skills to solve the complex problems facing our planet. Through service learning, youth identify community needs, develop plans and partnerships and are inspired and motivated to take action. This webinar will explore the Five Stages of Service Learning—investigation, preparation, action, reflection, and demonstration— and connect that process to OA resources. In this way students become both environmentally literate and effective community changemakers.  

About the Speaker:

With twelve years of experience in science and marine science education, Stacey Rafalowski  has invested a career in improving the way learning happens for young scientists. Prior to joining EarthEcho International, she devoted six years with another NGO, Earth Force, that focused on building school and community support around innovative programs to integrate environmental education, civic agency, and service-learning. As Director of programs for EarthEcho, Stacey continues to build networks of support for formal and informal educators to enhance learning strategies around STEM education with a new focus on digital video resources. Stacey supports the development of annual EarthEcho Expeditions by guiding curricular development and in-field production of video resources.

Stacey began her work with teachers while working on her graduate degree in Marine Biology at College of Charleston. A National Science Foundation GK-12 teaching fellowship launched her journey in education by allowing her the opportunity to partner with classroom teachers, building curriculum that brought marine science to life for young people.


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