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Climate Change and Marine Mammals
All web seminar participants use online tools that allow them to mark-up presenter's slides or share desktop applications in addition to engaging in chat with others online and answering poll questions

This Web Seminar took place on April 20, 2010, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Dr. Mike Goebel and Siri Hakala from the NOAA Fisheries Southwest Science Center. In this seminar Dr. Goebel and Ms. Hakala presented information on what is happening and likely to happen to a variety of sea mammals due to changes in the world’s climate.

The fifth in a series of web seminars on climate change sponsored by NOAA, began with Dr. Goebel and Ms. Hakala giving a brief overview of the kinds of changes that are, and will be, experienced by the oceans and related waterways. Changes such as amount of precipitation, ocean acidification, and sea level rise will all play a roll in the impact on marine life. Dr. Goebel and Ms. Hakala gave examples of how changes such as ocean temperature rise would be expected to affect certain species. In addition, they took a look at the current and possible impacts on various regions and their associated marine mammals. Molly Harrison, from NOAA, gave an overview of resource materials that teachers can use in their classrooms to teach this topic.

Sixty-five (65) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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:

  • “It was interesting to see the effect on mammals. I thought it would affect most everything negatively, so it was interesting to see that some mammals may actually benefit (although maybe only short-term?).”

  • “It’s more than I would use in my class, but I'm glad to get the bigger picture.”

  • “Works with talk about change in species and adaptation.”

  • “Since I teach climate science from an atmospheric point of view, I refer to the biological side of climate change only once in a while. So I need to learn more about the biosphere and that is why I signed up for this webinar. I took lots of notes!”

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


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