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Climate Change along Northeast Coasts and Estuaries

This Web Seminar took place on November 10, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was: Chris Bowser, Science Education Specialist, Cornell University Water Resource Institute Hudson River, Dr. John Casselman, adjunct professor, Department of Biology, Queen's University, and Cornelia Harris Ecology Educator, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. The presenters focused the information on the American Eel and the effect of climate change on this species.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.

In this program, John Casselman talked about a wide range of indicators that climate is effecting American Eel populations in the northeastern United States and the subsequent effects on commercial catch and increasing price of eels on the market. Chris Bowser gave an introduction to some of the climate related issues on the Hudson River basin and he and Cornelia Harris talked about educational resources, and citizen science actions to assist in the struggle with declining eel populations.

Sixty-three (63) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, California, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. One participant attended the Web Seminar from locations outside the United States: Turkey.

Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • "I teach an environmental studies course that deals with issues of climate change and biodiversity."
  • "My students need the help in graph reading and the presenter did a wonderful job of including graphs and help in understanding them."
  • "The information was great. It can be integrated into science concepts, such as ecology and evolution."
  • "I was not aware of the decline of the American eel. I teach about the NAO and how it might affect our weather in the NE U.S., but I can now add how it affects the American eel population."

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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