Faculty/Graduate Student Collaborative Workshop at the DMC
Workshop Theme: Ocean-Climate Connections
Held at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole, ME
Friday, January 29, 2010 and Monday through Tuesday, February 1-2, 2010
Click on the Images to Learn More About the Scientists Who Attended this Workshop
David Fields
Peter Jumars
Lawrence Mayer
Andrew Pershing
Benjamin Twining
Ocean-Climate Connections Revealed with Faculty/Graduate Student Team-Building

Given the misconceptions about climate change - including a general lack of understanding of the oceans' important role - the need for involving scientists in clarifying connections within the ocean-climate system has never been more vital. In response to interest from graduate students and research faculty, COSEE-OS worked with three other COSEE Centers to adapt its "scientist-educator collaborative" workshop model to focus on graduate student professional development, and opening new lines of communication between faculty and graduate students. The Faculty/Graduate Student Collaborative Workshop was held at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole, ME, in January/February of 2010. The workshop goal was to expose students to tools and other pedagogical techniques that would assist them in communicating complex science content to non-scientist audiences.

For this workshop, participants consisted of seventeen graduate and post-doctoral students working with five ocean science researchers from several institutions. Workshop groups (in a 3:1 student to faculty ratio) collaborated to develop concept maps using targeted focus questions based on ocean and climate literacy fundamental concepts. Through an iterative process involving web-based concept mapping and multimedia tools (Concept Map Builder and Ocean Climate Interactive), the teams developed "consensus" concept maps based on the researchers' initial focus questions and presented them to their peers for feedback. Next, the graduate students were tasked with presenting to a completely different audience - 15 high school students from Waterville Senior High School in Waterville, ME - to challenge them to apply their presentation skills to non-scientist audiences. This "third party" audience provided valuable insight for the presenters, as well as helping the researchers to see how their original messages were translated to an intended audience.

Scientists at this workshop explored a wide variety of topics in their concept maps including: the use of computer models to determine whale location patterns, the use of sensor technology to map what is unknown about the ocean, climate processes that affect the burial/sequestration of carbon in marine sediments, the role of benthic organisms in the carbon cycle, and the affect of climate change on marine food webs.

Workshop materials: Scientist's Agenda | Graduate Student's Agenda
LEARN MORE About Concepts Maps from this Workshop
Concept map
Workshop contact: Annette deCharon