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Exploring Deep Sea Coral Communities of West Coast National Marine Sanctuaires and Understanding Threats Such as Ocean Acidification

SOARCE Webinar

Presenter: Rietta Hohman, Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
Primary audience: Informal and formal educators
Date/time: Thursday, October 22nd, 6pm ET (3pm PT)
Deep Sea Coral Communities – Sentinels of a Changing Ocean. Take your students on an incredible journey hundreds of feet beneath the surface of the ocean, without ever leaving the classroom! Using research footage from Remotely Operated Vehicles, your students will be able to utilize real scientific methods to explore the unique deep sea coral communities found in our West Coast National Marine Sanctuaries. They will investigate threats, such as ocean acidification, that these precious ecosystems face and learn the importance of long-term scientific monitoring and protection. This brand new program is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and all materials will be available for teachers to download from the web free of cost. 
About the Speaker:

Rietta Hohman is a member of the education staff for the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, where she coordinates the At Your School Marine Science Outreach Program and the Marine Explorers Summer Camp. Since starting with the sanctuary in 2010, Rietta has developed marine science curriculum and outreach materials surrounding ocean acidification and other threats that face precious marine ecosystems with the goal of increasing ocean literacy in classrooms and with the public.
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