Teaching Ocean Acidification: A virtual lab and tangible solutions for high school students

SOARCE Webinar

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Presenter: Jason Hodin, Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University

Primary audience: Informal and formal educators

Date/time: Wednesday, February 25th, 2015, 6pm EST (3pm PST)

Project website:

The VirtualUrchin and Inquiry-to-Insight (I2I) teams at Stanford University and the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) have developed "Our Acidifying Ocean", an interactive tutorial and virtual lab examining the impact of ocean acidification (OA) on the planktonic larva of the sea urchin.  After coming to appreciate the problems and challenges posed by OA, students are then encouraged to participate in the International Student Carbon Footprint Challenge (ISCFC), where secondary/high school students worldwide calculate their location-calibrated individual footprints, and share what they learned and envision solutions on the project's micro-blogging platform. Our Acidifying Ocean and an expanded ISCFC will form part of the core of a newly funded project by the same team just getting underway called I2SEA: Inquiry to Student Environmental Action.  I2SEA staff scientist and media designer Dr. Jason Hodin will lead an overview and walkthrough of these freely-available activities as well as the plans for the new project, with specific discussion of how to involve your students.

About the Speaker:

Jason Hodin received a PhD from the University of Washington in 1999 on the evolution and development of insect metamorphosis. For his postdoctoral work he shifted to the marine realm to study metamorphosis in echinoderms (sea stars, sea urchins and their kin), which has formed the basis for his research ever since at the nexus of developmental biology, evolution and ecology. In parallel, Jason has remained steadfastly dedicated to education and outreach, with several years teaching experience at the community college and university level, and for the past 9 years has worked with colleagues at Stanford University and the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) on a variety of interactive biology and environmental science web tools, mainly for high school students. Jason has designed much of the web and media for these projects, and has taken the lead in envisioning and authoring the content.  Currently, Jason is a Research Associate at Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University.


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