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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Author: Jennifer Mintz - NOAA Federal/Wednesday, April 27, 2016/Categories: education & outreach, SOARCE Archive
There is growing interest nationally and internationally in leveraging the carbon benefits (termed “blue carbon”) of coastal habitats in climate and coastal resilience policies. Coastal wetlands (specifically mangroves, salt marshes, and seagrass meadows) have unique characteristics that make them incredibly efficient, natural carbon sinks with most carbon stored below ground in soils. Protecting and restoring these ecosystems around the globe will help maintain all the societal benefits these ecosystems provide including the natural climate mitigation benefits, but also the food security, water quality, and storm protection benefits that enhance coastal communities and economies.This presentation will discuss the state of the science and policy of blue carbon including: (1) incorporation of coastal wetland carbon in U.S. national climate, resilience, and conservation efforts; (2) potential steps to incorporate coastal wetlands in national greenhouse gas inventories as suggested by the 2013 International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Wetlands Supplement; and opportunities to include coastal wetlands in voluntary carbon markets. The presentation will conclude by highlighting some of the most pressing blue carbon scientific gaps that need to be filled in order to support these developing policies.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Ariana Sutton-Grier is an ecosystem ecologist with expertise in wetland ecology and restoration, biodiversity, biogeochemistry, climate change, and ecosystem services. Dr. Sutton-Grier is a research faculty member at the University of Maryland in the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center and is also the Ecosystem Science Adviser for the National Ocean Service at NOAA. She holds Bachelors degrees from Oregon State University in Environmental Science and International Studies and a doctoral degree from Duke University in Ecology. She leads the NOAA Coastal Blue Carbon Team as well as an interagency blue carbon group and is very involved with NOAA’s efforts to support natural and nature-based coastal resilience strategies. She gets especially excited about seeking and discovering innovative opportunities to combine science and policy to solve environmental problems and promote ecosystem conservation. Her research has been published in many environmental and policy journals and featured in several news stories, as well as a children’s science TV show.
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