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Live Interactions with NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

May 1 - June 30, 2020

We've teamed up with NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries to host a series of events showcasing the beauty as well as the science talking place in the amazing network of protected marine sanctuaries around the United States. Dive beneath the waves to explore these pristine waters and meet the scientists, conservationists, educators and filmmakers that study and document them, while checking out some of the exciting technology that helps to reveal the mysteries of our ocean world to us. Learn about these sanctuaries and ask questions to leading experts in their field!

All of our events with NOAA Marine Sanctuaries are through GoToMeeting so they won't stream live via YouTube, but will be uploaded to YouTube afterwards. It is very easy to join, all of the groups join right in the GoToMeeting webinar with a link and watch there, you won't be on camera or have your sound on, but you can type your questions through the question and answer bar. Find them all and here and the links to register: https://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/live/watch.html

The Google Hangouts:

May 12, 2020

11:00 am eastern time

Take a virtual field trip into the depths of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary with research coordinator Stephanie Gandulla.

In 2019, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries partnered with Ocean Exploration Trust and the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory to expand our understanding of sanctuaries through deep-water exploration and research. Using an autonomous surface vehicle and the research vessel Storm, Ocean Exploration Trust and Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary explorers mapped unexplored areas of the sanctuary with the goal of discovering new shipwrecks. Join us to learn about the highlights as the project’s lead scientist, Stephanie Gandulla, recounts the expedition.

May 15, 2020

11:00 am eastern time

Take a virtual field trip into the depths of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary with expedition lead scientists, Dr. Kirstin Meyer-Kaiser and Dr. Calvin Mires.

In 2019, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries partnered with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Marine Imaging Technologies to explore marine life and shipwrecks in the depths of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Aboard the R/V Connecticut, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary explorers used a variety of innovative marine technologies to conduct archaeological and biological surveys of the region’s most iconic shipwrecks. Join us to learn about the highlights as lead scientists recount the expedition by showing stunning photos, videos, and three-dimensional models.

May 18, 2020

3:00 pm eastern time

Join NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries educator Hannah MacDonald as she takes you on a virtual field trip throughout national marine sanctuaries to discover marine mammals. Hannah is joined by Pacific Mammal Research scientist and research director Dr. Cindy Elliser. Dr. Elliser will highlight the unique discoveries about marine mammal behaviors that Pacific Mammal Research has made and how their discoveries connect with our national marine sanctuaries.

May 20, 2020

4:00 pm eastern time

Take a virtual field trip into the depths of National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa with research team members, Valerie Brown and Hanae Spathias.

In 2019, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries partnered with Ocean Exploration Trust and National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa to explore deep-sea communities and an active underwater volcano. Sanctuary scientists will discuss the diverse marine zones found in American Samoa from the stunning shallow reefs to the mysterious depths of the ocean, and will take viewers on a guided exploration of these zones using photos and videos from the expedition. Join us to learn more about the exploration, interact with the team, and find out what they discovered!

May 27, 2020

1:00 pm eastern time

Take a virtual field trip into the depths of Cordell Bank and Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries with sanctuary explorer Jenny Stock.

In 2019, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries partnered with Ocean Exploration Trust to expand our understanding of sanctuaries through deep-water exploration and research. Aboard the E/V Nautilus, Ocean Exploration Trust and national marine sanctuary staff visited two distinct national marine sanctuaries off the coast of California, Cordell Bank and Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries. Explorers ventured into deep canyon and slope habitats to investigate deep-sea sponge and coral habitat. Join us to learn about the highlights from this expedition as Jenny Stock recounts the team’s findings.

June 2, 2020

2:00 pm eastern time

Take a virtual field trip into the depths of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary with expedition lead, Dr. Sarah Davies from Boston University. In 2019, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries partnered with Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration to expand our understanding of sanctuaries through deep-water exploration and research. Aboard the research vessel Manta, Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration, Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary researchers, and partner scientists ventured about 100 miles offshore of Galveston, Texas to observe annual coral reproduction, known as spawning, on the deep reefs of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. Join us to learn about the highlights as lead scientist, Dr. Sarah Davies recounts the expedition.

June 3, 2020

11:00 am eastern time

Take a virtual field trip to the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico with expedition lead, Dr. Joshua Voss from Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.

In 2019, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries partnered with the Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration to expand our understanding of sanctuaries through deep-water exploration and research. Aboard the R/V Manta, Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration, Flower Garden Bank National Marine Sanctuary researchers, and partner explorers ventured into the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico off the coasts of Texas and Louisiana, to explore areas that have been proposed for sanctuary expansion, and to investigate the biodiversity and connectivity of mesophotic coral ecosystems. Join us to learn about the highlights from this expedition as lead scientist, Dr. Joshua Voss, recounts their exploration.

June 5, 2020

2:00 pm eastern time

Take a virtual field trip into the depths of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary with expedition lead, Dr. Mercer R. Brugler from New York City College of Technology (CUNY) and the American Museum of Natural History.

In 2019, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries partnered with the Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration to expand our understanding of sanctuaries through deep-water exploration and research. Aboard the research vessel Manta, Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration, Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary researchers, and partner scientists ventured about 100 miles offshore of Galveston, Texas to investigate the biology and ecology of black coral colonies. Join us to learn about the highlights from this expedition as lead scientist, Dr. Mercer R. Brugler, recounts their exploration.

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