For this particular event, 15 informal educators from the California's Central Coast region were matched with 5 ocean and climate scientists from the California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly) at San Luis Obispo to improve their collective understanding of Earth's major ocean - climate systems. The cadre of educators included representatives from marine sanctuaries, as well as many docents from local environmental institutions who expressed an interest in infusing more ocean and marine research into their programs. COSEE Pacific Partnerships staff facilitated interactions between CalPoly scientists and the informal educators to infuse cutting-edge research topics into educational products such as concept maps that hyperlink to scientist-vetted images, video, news items, and educational resources.
The CalPoly scientists specialize in a wide variety of research topics, but they placed particular emphasis on regional connections to California coastal ecosystems during this workshop. Topics ranged from coastal ocean modeling, to remote sensing of planktonic community dynamics, ultraviolet radiation effects on model marine organisms (and implications for humans), invasive species ecology, and climate change effects on intertidal organisms.
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Workshop contact: Annette deCharon