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.


Visualizing Change: New Tools for Educators

Visualizing Change: New Tools for Educators


Author: Jennifer Mintz - NOAA Federal/Monday, December 19, 2016/Categories: education & outreach, SOARCE Archive

Visualizing Change: New Tools for Educators

Would you like tools to help interpret complex, global-scale data and issues like ocean acidification in engaging and empowering ways?  This webinar reviewed such tools, developed by the Visualizing Change project – a partnership of six informal science education institutions with social scientists and data scientists supported by a grant from NOAA. The project recently released a new, free, set of tools at The tools are designed based on social and cognitive research, with the objective to help the public to understand causes, consequences, and appropriate responses to global scale issues such as climate change and ocean acidification.  During this webinar, we will review the toolkit, focusing primarily on ocean acidification, and why and how it was developed.

About the Speaker:


John C. Anderson is Director of Education at New England

Aquarium, where he leads efforts  to develop programs that foster an ethic of ocean stewardship for audiences from school students to families to teachers.  He has helped to lead several climate change education projects including the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation and the Visualizing Change project. He’s interested in continuing to learn from theoretical research and from assessment of educational practices about how to effectively engage audiences from all walks of life in seeing themselves as empowered agents of change.  Anderson earned his MA in biology from Boston University and his BA in biology from Oberlin College and is a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program. 




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