Teacher workshops will give educa- tors direct contact with researchers and hands-on experience with science.
U.S. Ambassador to Belize, Vinai Thummalapally peers into a microscope as SMS Research Assistant Raphael Ritson-Williams explains his research.
New Waves in Marine Science Education
Laura Diederick, Education Specialist
A new grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), “COSEE Florida: Water as Habitat,” awarded to Dr. Valerie Paul, is part of a regional collaboration with Indian River State College, Ocean Research and Conservation Association, and Florida Institute of Technology and will provide innovative education experiences to a wide range of audiences.
COSEE (Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence) is a national NSF
funded network of ocean scientists,
universities and informal science education facilities. A major objective of the network is to bring current research in marine science to a broad audience through ocean scientist-educator partnerships.
In collaboration with the other regional partners, staff at SMS will be offering community lectures and hands-on teacher workshops, as well as supporting a statewide learning community. Other initiatives supported by the new COSEE-Florida include training for ocean scientists and the creation of a marine science track for undergraduates pursuing a degree in science education. SMS
SMS Welcomes Friends, New and Old
e staff of SMS extends a warm welcome and a big “thank you” to new and renewing members of Friends
of the Smithsonian Marine Station who provide critical support for research and educational programs. Members receive SMS News, invitations to lectures and special events, as well as additional benefits. For information on how to become a Friend, call 772.462.0977.
Robert & Frances Bangert - Hugh & Carolyn Benninger - David & Ursula Blackburn Eugene Detmer, Jr - Marilyn Link - Whitney & Elizabeth MacMillan - Eleanor Sexton - Sumner Gerard Foundation - Peter & Jeanne Tyson
Busy First Year for New CCRE Staff
M. Scott Jones, CCRE Program Coordin
It has been an exciting year for the Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems (CCRE) program under the direction of the new management team. Dr. Valerie Paul took over as CCRE director in October 2009 and was joined by Station Manager Zachary Foltz in December and Program Coordinator Scott Jones in February 2010. Despite this administrative transition, scientific activities at Carrie Bow Cay did not slow down, with over 60 scientists visiting the field station on the Belize barrier reef. e island also hosted station managers, photographers, and an author, while numerous groups of students, teachers, and tourists were treated to tours and demonstrations by station managers and visiting researchers. Notable guests included U.S. Ambassador Vinai ummalapally and five others from the U.S. Embassy in Belize on August 30, 2010. is distinguished group was greeted at Carrie Bow Cay by Valerie Paul, Zachary Foltz, and Melanie McField, after which they toured the research facilities and went snorkeling on the reef. e ambassador’s visit
presented a valuable opportunity to discuss the variety of conservation issues facing the barrier reef and the importance of the research conducted at Carrie Bow Cay.
The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef in Belize has enormous ecological and socio-economic value to the region. e government of Belize has taken a number of measures in response to the threats posed by overfishing, including the establishment of the South Water Cay Marine Reserve (www.swcmr.org), an 117,878-acre protected area. A substantial portion of the reserve, including the area surrounding Carrie Bow Cay, is completely off-limits to fishing. e CCRE program is taking advantage of this transition in ecosystem management by developing a reef monitoring initiative that will track the status of threatened coral species, follow the dynamics of coral disease, and evaluate the effects of such a reserve on the whole coral reef ecosystem. e opportunity to monitor changes on the reef is one way the CCRE program staff can answer the Smithsonian Institution’s Grand Challenge of “understanding and sustaining a biodiverse planet.” Visit CCRE’s website at www.ccre.si.edu for more information and to view the 2010 Annual Report. SMS