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Blending ocean research and education:
A view from the bottom of the food web

Annette deCharon, Director of Outreach
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Wednesday, November 7, 2001
3:00 p.m.–Pacific Forum

Bigelow Laboratory is a private, non-profit organization whose principal scientific concern is biological productivity of the oceans. We are also committed to blending research with education, helping people discover the ties between the marine microbial community and global ecology. To this end, we team scientists and educators to create innovative materials for various audiences. For example, young students can learn about Gulf of Maine circulation, lobster life stages, and benthic environments by playing our on-line challenge "Hatch to Catch." Another web-based example, "Toxic & Harmful Algal Blooms" is aimed at informal learners. Primarily through the use of engaging graphics, this resource outlines where such blooms occur in U.S. waters, which organisms in the food web are affected, how toxic algae affect humans, etc. Our most ambitious outreach endeavor to date is a multimedia CD-ROM, "Phytopia," now under development. Its searchable database of phytoplankton information, images, and animations is a unique framework for personal exploration of these interesting and diverse organisms. Designed to accommodate future expansion, "Phytopia" provides the foundation to teach about life on this, and other, Ocean Planets.

To learn more about Bigelow Laboratory and its programs, please visit our website at http://www.bigelow.org.

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