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Lesson Plan (Ages 4-14): The Great Plankton Race

Plankton are a very important part of the food chain in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico drift through the ocean carried by currents. Although plankton can’t control their movements against the current, they are able to maintain neutral buoyancy by increasing their surface area-to-volume ratio as well as by producing and releasing lipids (fats). In Read More

Sea Grant Publication Explores Connections and Differences Between HABs and Oil Spills

The Sea Grant Oil Spill Outreach Team released a publication that discusses the concerns that people had about harmful algae blooms (HABS) being triggered by residual oil from the Deepwater Horizon incident. HABs have occurred after oil spills in the past, but the relationship between the two is not always clear. Read Oil Spills and Read More

Fact Sheets: ACER Word Wednesdays Series

The Alabama Center for Ecological Resilience (ACER) blog hosted a series of posts discussing the meaning behind various terms and concepts that are important to ACER research. Diversity and Resilience Ecosystem Services Disturbance and Perturbation Bacteria and Prokaryotes Denitrification Microplankton Benthic Macrofauna Food Webs Louisiana Sweet Crude Oil and Chemical Dispersants Genetic Diversity Bioturbation Primary Read More

Fact Sheets: Deep-C Science and Outreach Fact Sheets

The Deep Sea to Coast Connectivity in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico (Deep-C) Consortium released a series of publicly available and easy-to-read fact sheets detailing their scientific research and outreach initiatives: Science: Deepwater Corals What are corals? Where and how do they live? What are the threats to Gulf corals? Click here to download. Science: Read More

Lesson Plan (Grades 6-8): Deep-Sea Science Middle School Teaching Modules

The Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf (ECOGIG) consortium worked with the Georgia Institute of Technology Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC) to develop and test three middle school teaching modules. The modules developed are:– (7th Grade) Life Science – Data Visualization: “Under the Sea” Deep Sea Ecosystems Read More

Lesson Plan (6-12): The BP Oil Spill and Its Aftermath – Exploring Through Art

“The BP Oil Spill and Its Aftermath – Exploring Through Art” is a middle and high school level lesson plan that utilizes art to explore oil spill science. During the lesson, students will engage in discussions about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, reflect on and create art related to the spill, and explore ongoing research Read More

ECOGIG Research Informs Development of Ocean-Based Video Game: Beyond Blue

There is now a novel way to reach audiences and help spark their interest in ocean science that involves the very popular world of video gaming. Launched by E-Line Media in conjunction with the BBC and researchers involved with their Blue Planet II series, the single-player narrative adventure Beyond Blue takes players deep into our Read More

Fact Sheet: Ten Ways to Protect the Gulf/Ocean

These small, educational brochures each highlight ten practical lifestyle practices that individuals can adopt to take better care of the world’s ocean. They can act as hand-outs for people visiting a table, educational booth, or public event. These files can be printed on card stock, cut, and folded into wallet-sized cards: Ten Ways You Can Read More