Florida Marine Science Educators Association

2014 Annual Conference

April 24-27, 2014
Panama City Beach, Florida

Florida Marine Science Educators Association 2014 Conference Schedule
Thursday, April 24 3:00 - 5:00 PM 5:00 - 9:00 PM Friday, April 25 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM 4:00 - 6:00 PM 6:00 - 7:30 PM Saturday, April 26 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM 7:30 - 8:00 AM 8:00 AM - 4:15 PM 8:45 - 10:00 AM 10:10 AM - 12:00 PM 12:00 - 12:30 PM 12:30 - 1:00 PM 1:10 - 3:00 PM 3:00 - 3:20 PM 3:20 - 4:10 PM 4:00 PM 4:15 PM 5:30 PM 5:45 - 6:45 PM 6:45 - 7:00 PM 7:00 - 9:00 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM Sunday, April 27 8:30 - 9:30 AM Conference Committee Meeting - Internet Café, Paradise Palms Inn Lobby Registration Open - Internet Café, Paradise Palms Inn Lobby

Registration - Internet Café, Paradise Palms Inn Lobby Full and Half Day Workshops and Field Experiences Exhibitors set up – Exhibit Hall, Surfside Middle School Cafeteria Science Café - Gulf World Marine Park - Pasta buffet included - Cash Bar

Registration Open – Exhibit Hall, Surfside Middle School Cafeteria Exhibitor Setup - Exhibit Hall, Surfside Middle School Cafeteria Exhibit Hall Open - Exhibit Hall, Surfside Middle School Cafeteria Opening Session & STEM Panel - Surfside Middle School Cafeteria Concurrent Sessions 1 & 2 - Surfside Middle School Box Lunch – Pick up lunches in Exhibit Hall, Surfside Middle School Cafeteria Regional Meetings - see Surfside map on page 25 for locations Concurrent Sessions 3 & 4 - Surfside Middle School Cookie Break in Exhibit Hall - Exhibit Hall, Surfside Middle School Cafeteria Concurrent Session 5 Deadline to submit election ballots – Registration Table, Exhibit Hall, Surfside Middle School Cafeteria Exhibit Hall Closes - Exhibit Hall Breakdown Shuttle Leaves Paradise Palms Inn for Evening Event (Please note: This is the ONLY departure time.) Silent Auction and Social - Community Sponsor Area, Advanced Technology Center (ATC), Gulf Coast State College Silent Auction Checkout and Payment Banquet, Annual Meeting & Closing Keynote: Dr. Felicia Coleman - Business Training Suite, ATC, Gulf Coast State College New Board Meeting - Business Training Suite, ATC, Gulf Coast State College Shuttle to Paradise Palms Inn (Please note: This is the ONLY departure time.)

FMSEA/FWC Collecting Certification Facilitators Meeting - Paradise Palms Inn Lobby - Required for all ASCW Facilitators Add #fmsea14 to your online posts to join the virtual conversation about the conference!

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FMSEA 2014 PCSI: Panama City Beach, Science and Investigation
Welcome to Panama City Beach…REAL. FUN. BEACH! The Florida Marine Science Educators Association would like to thank you for your continued support of our organization. As we celebrate our 46th year, we are pleased that all of you have decided to celebrate along with us. This year’s conference will focus on STEM (Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology) programs that prepare future scientists through teacher training, classroom learning, college programs, and field experiences. A special thank you goes out to our hosts, Surfside Middle School, the Advanced Technology Center at Gulf Coast State College , and Gulf World Marine Park for their hospitality and dedication to the sciences. To our dedicated conference chairs, Rosalyn Kilcollins and Brandon Mullins, a big “thank you” is well -earned. This year’s conference offers a wide variety of marine science and investigation topics with events of differing styles. For example, the Friday evening Science Café will highlight science education provided by a judge, a physicist, and an engineer, all in ways that entertain and enlighten. The Saturday morning panel continues this theme with a focus on unique STEM education programs in the region. During the Research Track, scientists will address deep sea fish and oil spill studies, seagrass and scallop restoration and fish barotrauma . The array of hands-on and informative concurrent sessions adds to the theme of preparing future scientists. Finally, the Saturday evening Keynote presentation will feature Dr. Felecia Coleman, Director of the Florida State University (FSU) Coastal and Marine Laboratory and a research faculty member in the FSU Department of Biological Science. So with that, I invite you to join us as we begin FMSEA 2014, PCSI: Panama City Beach, Science and Investigation . Heather Segura FMSEA President 2013-2014

Important Conference Information
Full registration includes a FMSEA T-shirt, special conference items, Friday Evening Science Café, all Saturday sessions, Saturday lunch, and evening dinner. Additional tickets for guests can also be purchased for both the Friday Science Café and Saturday dinner, depending upon availability. See the registration table for costs, details, and availability of tickets. Your name badge is required for entry into concurrent sessions, exhibit areas and other conference -related activities. Please wear it at all conference events. Election ballots are included in each registration packet. Please be sure to turn your ballot in by 4:00 PM on Saturday. Election results will be announced at the banquet on Saturday evening. Auction Items may be dropped off at the Registration Table at the Internet Café in Paradise Palms Hotel on Friday or at the Registration Table at the Surfside Middle School Cafeteria on Saturday. If you haven’t already done so, please be sure to submit a donation form with your auction item(s). All items must be received by noon on Saturday. Event tickets that were purchased for additional guests will be issued with registration badges. Tickets will be required for the Friday Science Café and Saturday Banquet. Questions? FMSEA Board Members, Conference Committee Members and Conference Volunteers are wearing ribbons on their nametags. If you have any questions or concerns throughout the conference, please don’t hesitate to ask! The Florida Marine Science Educators Association (FMSEA) is a chapter of the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) and provides a network for marine educators working together to coordinate and expand marine education, communication and interaction. Connect with your fellow members through Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. See our website for links. FMSEA is a resource for marine education at all levels - sponsoring an annual Student Project Award for middle and high school students and offering scholarships to teachers to help them continue their professional development. In conjunction with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, FMSEA hosts Marine/Aquatic Collecting Certification Workshops throughout the state. For more information on these and other FMSEA opportunities, visit us online at www.fmsea.org.

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Friday Field Experiences & Workshops
Times indicate the start time of the field experience at the location, so participants will need to make sure that they leave for their field experience with plenty of time to arrive at the location prior to the start of the program. Transportation is not provided unless otherwise noted, however, carpooling is encouraged. Check the message board at Registration for carpooling opportunities. Lunches are provided for the field experiences where indicated in the descriptions below and will be available at the field site. A. Gulf World 1:30 to 4:30 PM Come explore Gulf World Marine Park’s behind the scenes areas and view the many habitats and daily shows. Spend the afternoon discovering and learning about marine mammals, sea turtles, tropical fishes, and more! Fun, educational, and interactive material on these marine animals will also be provided for your classrooms. $15 (Limit 15 people) Meeting Location: Gulf World Marine Park, 15412 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413 B. St. Andrews State Park & Snorkel Trip 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM Join us as we explore the jetties at St. Andrews State Park in the calm protected waters of the “kiddie pool.” The nearby concession stand rents snorkel gear. The water in late April should be around 70 -74 degrees so a wet suit would make snorkeling more pleasant. Fish Biologist Steve Theberge (NOAA Affiliate at the National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Fisheries Science Lab) will lead this field trip. Lunch included. $30 (Limit 20 people) Meeting Location: Visitor Center Parking lot, 4607 State Park Lane, Panama City. A letter will be provided in advance for waiving the entrance fee. C. National Marine Fisheries Service Lab 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM NOAA Fisheries’ mission is to conduct innovative research for sustainable fisheries, and collect and analyze data for the management of fishes and their habitats. Current research encompasses a spectrum of projects including basic fishery biology, ecology, routine monitoring and data collection, and habitat mapping. NOAA Fisheries' personnel will showcase the techniques used to collect biological information from commercial and recreational fisheries to provide a comprehensive look at management and protection of a variety of species. $15 (Limit 15 People) Meeting Location: Panama City Beach NOAA Fisheries Lab, 3500 Delwood Beach Rd, Panama City D. FMSEA/FWC Aquatic Species Collecting Workshop 1:00 to 4:30 PM The 2-hour workshop will focus on the Aquatic Species Collecting Certificate, which allows educators to collect aquatic organisms with certain restrictions. The workshop will cover the components of this special activity license, its requirements, best management practices, field sampling techniques, transporting techniques, basic information about keeping organisms, and resources that educators can use for these activities. A field component will follow the workshop. Participants will walk to the nearby St. Andrews Bay shoreline for seining and other collecting activities. $20 for conference registrants, an additional $25 will be collected at the workshop for those participants not registered for the conference. Meeting Location: Holley Building, Classroom B305, FSU Panama City Campus, 4750 Collegiate Dr, Panama City E. ZooWorld & Man in the Sea 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM Explore and observe many animals up close in a lush tropical setting. ZooWorld is home to animals from all over the world including exotic and endangered species. After visiting ZooWorld, explore a collection of rare diving equipment highlighting man's success in underwater exploration capabilities at the Man in the Sea Museum. After a short orientation given at each site, participants will have about an hour to explore each. $25 Meeting Location: ZooWorld, 9008 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach G. Immersed in STEM Education: St. Andrews Bay 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM Field trip participants will, literally, be immersed in the flora and fauna of the St. Andrews Bay nearshore ecosystem as they discover the creatures that inhabit the seagrass beds of St. Andrews Bay. Participants will use a variety of marine collection devices as they move through stations designed by Glenn Faust and Linda Yori (Surfside Science Educators) to teach their students marine science. The afternoon portion includes a brief stop at Bid A Wee Beach (sandy beach environment) and ends at Surfside Middle School for plankton and microscope labs. Included will be a discussion of setting up and maintaining a classroom brackish water (bay) aquarium. Participants should bring a change of clothes, closed -toe shoes to wear into the water, and dress for the weather. Personal choice will determine how wet participants get (from knees to waist). Lunch included. $30 (Limit 20 people) Meeting Location: Western end of Carl Gray Park adjacent to Hathaway Bridge -US 98 (near Work Force building) across from Gulf Coast State College campus in Panama City.

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H. Tour Two State-of-the-Art Science Facilities 1:15 - 4:15 PM Enjoy a guided tour of the FSU Underwater Crime Scene Investigation (UCSI) program's Dive Locker. The UCSI lab offers students courses and labs that allow the application of theory and practical experiences that equip them to be underwater forensic scientists. Participants will then walk across the street for an interactive tour of the Gulf Coast State College Advanced Technology Center (ATC). The ATC is a 93,500 square foot facility dedicated to driving and accelerating regional economic growth by fostering partnerships across business, industry, government and education to fully leverage regional assets and connect education to business and industry. It is a LEED certified building with advanced labs that are ahead of the times, a green roof, solar and wind power and much more. $15 (Limit 15 people) Meeting Location: FSU – Panama City Campus Underwater Crime Scene Investigation program’s Dive Locker, Barron Building, 4750 Collegiate Drive, Panama City. Please park at the Advanced Technology Center across the street.

Friday Evening Schedule
6:00 - 7:30 PM Science Café: The Judge, the Physicist and the Engineer Do Science in the Schools, Oh My! sponsored by COSEE Florida - Gulf World Marine Park It's not Magic, It's Science! • Bill Porter and Dan Flisek, Science Brothers Program
Early on, kids make a decision to either shun curiosity in science to look cool, or to embrace that curiosity. The Science Brothers Program looks to sway that decision to get more kids to ask questions about how the world works. The program centers around the dynamics of two “brothers” who specialize in different fields and compete on stage, arguing over who's field of science is cooler by presenting experiments with escalating excitement. The end result is a fun and wacky trip exploring different premises in science (light, sound, energy) with examples and demonstrations from the realms of chemistry, physics, and electricity. Bill Porter and Dan Flisek, will present on the Science Brothers program and perform a couple of experiments. The ‘Science Brothers’ is an non-profit outreach program aimed at getting elementary and middle school students interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) activities. The program is based out of the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) and is free for schools.

Bill Porter and Dan Flisek both graduated from college in 2009 and started careers at the
Naval Warfare Center Panama City Division. Bill, an electrical engineer, works for the Unmanned Systems Branch. Dan graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Physics, with Math and Computer Science minors. He is currently working as a civilian physicist for the US Navy, Tactics and Analysis Branch. The two quickly became involved in an effort to recreate a defunct education outreach program once called Dr. Science.

Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument: America's Galapagos • George C. Hanks, Jr.
George Hanks, Jr. is a Texas State Federal Magistrate judge who travels and does seminars on a federal marine park in northern Hawaii. In 2010, George participated in a unique experience that took him to the most remote site in the National Marine Sanctuary system, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in the far northwestern Hawaiian Islands. He was selected by NOAA, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the State of Hawaii as 1 of 13 people from around the world to be a part of Papahānaumokuākea ‘Ahahui Alaka’i (PAA), a 10-day program on Midway Atoll that brings together teachers and policymakers interested in learning and being inspired by marine science. He will share his experiences as a visitor to this very special place and on how albatross are affected by the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

George C. Hanks, Jr. is a United States Magistrate Judge in Houston, Texas. He graduated first
in his class from Louisiana State University, receiving his BA in economics, summa cum laude.

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He attended Harvard Law School where he received his Juris Doctorate and Duke University Law School where he received his Master of Laws degree. George is an active volunteer with the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico, and in 2009 was honored in Washington, D.C. as its Volunteer of the Year. As a volunteer substitute teacher with the Lawyers in Public Schools (“LIPS”) Program, George teaches students, especially those in underserved communities, about our precious ocean resources and the wonders in our National Marine Sanctuaries. He has volunteered as a Naturalist on Board during recreational dive trips to the Flower Garden Banks, introducing hundreds of divers to the National Marine Sanctuary and teaching them about what they can do to help preserve our ocean resources for future generations. He is a master scuba diver, having logged over 500 ocean dives around the world, and he has traveled extensively in Hawaii, Micronesia, and French Polynesia.

Saturday Schedule
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM 8:00 AM - 4:15 PM 8:45 AM - 10:00 AM Registration Open – Exhibit Hall, Surfside Middle School Cafeteria Exhibit Hall Open – Surfside Middle School Cafeteria Opening Session & STEM Panel: Preparing Future Scientists - Surfside Middle
School Cafeteria

Drifter Design: Inspiring students to be scientists, engineers, and inventors •
Laura Bracken, Outreach Manager for CARTHE, University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science and Amelia Vaughn, Education and Outreach Coordinator, Deep -C Consortium, Florida State University Scientists are researchers, writers, teachers, and often time inventors! The scientists with the Consortium for Advanced Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment (CARTHE) based at the University of Miami are developing state -of-the-art ocean surface drifters to use in studying the movement of currents throughout the Gulf of Mexico. The more we know, the better equipped we will be to predict where oil will go if there is a future oil spill. Our team has challenged middle and high school students to design, build, test, and deploy their own unique drifters that can be used to collect real ocean current data. Students who participate in this type of hands on activity retain more information about the scientific topic, have a greater interest in staying abreast of current research, and feel more confident because they have a sense of pride in their accomplishment. With simple materials and a little bit of creativity, your class can be creating the next great ocean current research tools! This research was made possible by a grant from BP/The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative.

Laura Bracken is the Outreach Manager for the Consortium for Advanced Research on the Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment (CARTHE), an oil spill research group based at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science funded by BP/Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative. She works with physical oceanographers to share their research with the general public, media, teachers, and students. Previously, Laura was the Outreach Manager for the entire Rosenstiel School and the RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program, engaging the community in shark tagging, coral conservation, hurricane prediction and much more. Laura has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Arts degree in Marine Affairs & Policy from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School. She combines her science, education and policy backgrounds to increase the visibility of the CARTHE, inspire young scientists, and bring awareness to environmental issues through innovative educational programs for all ages.

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Amelia Vaughan is the education and outreach coordinator for the Deep -C Consortium at Florida State University. Prior to finding her way to Florida she spent several years as an instructor at marine science schools in California and Connecticut. She loves being able to connect teachers and students with scientific research and contribute to encouraging students to pursue careers in STEM fields.

FSU STEM Institute prepares teachers and students to become scientists •
Ginger Littleton, Director, FSU Panama City STEM Institute The FSU STEM Institute involves preparing teachers and students to become scientists. They teach teachers by having them work alongside practicing STEM professionals which include Navy scientists and engineers as well as biologists and marine scientists. Then the teachers practice what they learned at the summer STEM camps. The participants are expected to implement what they have learned in their own classes with support from the practicing STEM professionals. Ginger Littleton is currently an Assistant in Research at Florida State University Panama City where she is the Director of the STEM Institute. She also serves as a Board Member and Past Chairman for Bay District School Board. She was previously an Assistant Principal and Language Arts Instructor for Bay District Schools, as well as an Educational Consultant, Panhandle Area Educational Consortium. Ms. Littleton received her BS in English from the University of Alabama and MA in English Education from Florida State University.

Underwater Investigations • Michael Zinszer, Director of the Advanced Science Diving
Program at Florida State University – Panama City Campus An underwater investigation does not always mean searching for a body, gun or other evidence related to criminal activity, but it always means solving a problem or answering a question that needs solving. Michael Zinszer helped develop Industry Standards and training in Underwater Forensic Investigations and Standard Operational Procedures and Emergency Procedures in Science Diving and Underwater Research. Michael A. Zinszer is a Professor, Teaching Faculty III and has been Director of the Advanced Science Diving Program at FSU – Panama City Campus since retiring from the U.S. Navy in 2002. He has overseen training and safety for Ship and Boat operations and safety procedures and in water professionals. He has developed, implemented and conducted training in Science Diving and Underwater Research. Since 2008 he has been President for the Board of Directors of the Institute of Diving that operates the Man in the Sea Museum. In the Navy he served as Department Head; Deep Submergence Officer; Diving Officer; Saturation Dive Supervisor/Diver; Chief of Naval Operations priority - project task leader; Quality Assurance Officer; Researcher for diving, hyperbaric and life support systems and developed standard operating procedures and protocols for biomedical and environmental physiology research. He has also helped develop and implement testing procedures for diving equipment in both manned and unmanned research projects. Mr. Zinszer has an Education Specialist degree in Social Science Education and a MS in Criminology and Criminal Justice, both from Florida State University. He has authored several publications.

10:10 AM - 4:10 PM 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM 3:00 PM – 3:20 PM

Concurrent Sessions – Surfside Middle School - See pages 8-13 for session descriptions Box Lunch and Regional Meetings – See page 10 or 25 for Regional Meeting locations Cookie Break in the Exhibit Hall- Surfside Middle School Cafeteria

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4:00 PM

Deadline to turn in Election Ballots - Registration Table, Exhibit Hall, Surfside Middle School Cafeteria – See pages 17-18 for information on Nominees. Shuttle departs Paradise Palms Inn for Evening Banquet. A bus will shuttle participants from Paradise Palms Inn to Gulf Coast State College. Please note there is only ONE departure time in each direction. Please arrive to departure location a few minutes early to ensure you do not miss the shuttle. Silent Auction and Social – Community Sponsors Area, ATC, Gulf Coast State College All proceeds raised by the silent auction are used to provide need -based scholarships for educators to attend future conferences. Banquet, Annual Meeting and Closing Keynote: Dr. Felicia Coleman – Business Training Suite, ATC, Gulf Coast State College Felicia C. Coleman, Ph.D. Director, Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory (www.marinelab.fsu.edu) Science Director, Deep C Consortium (deep-c.org) Dr. Coleman’s research focus is marine ecology, particularly as it relates to reef fishes and their interactions with other species and with their habitat. She is particularly interested in how scientific findings are incorporated into the laws and regulations that affect the management and conservation of living marine resources. Thus, she often engages in the regulatory arena to ensure that science helps guide policy -related decisions involving marine systems. This includes service on federal committees and panels, such as the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and the National Academy’s National Research Council panels (including panels on marine protected areas, use of the best available science in fisheries management, and the sustainability of marine labs and field stations in the 21 st century). She has organized and edited proceedings for international symposia on a number of cutting edge fisheries issues, from marine protected areas to species interactions in marine communities, supported by an endowment to FSU from the late William R. and Lenore Mote of Sarasota, FL. Dr. Coleman received a B.Sc., and M.Sc. in Marine Biology from the College of Charleston and Ph. D. from Florida State University in Biological Science. She is currently Director of the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory and Scientific Director for the new Deep -C Consortium at Florida State University, funded for $20 million by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative to study the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. She is an Aldo Leopold Conservation Fellow and a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation.

5:30 PM

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

9:00 PM 9:30 PM

New Board Meeting - Business Training Suite, ATC, Gulf Coast State College Shuttle departs for Paradise Palms Inn. A bus will shuttle participants from ATC to Paradise Palms Inn at specific times indicated. Please note there is only ONE departure time in each direction. Please arrive to departure location a few minutes early to ensure you do not miss the shuttle.

Sunday Morning Schedule
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM FMSEA/FWC Collecting Certification Facilitators Meeting – Paradise Palms Inn Lobby - Required for all ASCW Facilitators

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Session 1 10:10 AM – 11:00 AM
Audience Key G - General N - Non-Formal E - Elementary M - Middle School H - High School P - Post Secondary Research Track: Using C13 as an indicator of seagrass productivity Dr. Linda Fitzhugh • Room D127 • G Seagrasses are submerged aquatic flowering plants that require sunlight for growth and reproduction. Because seagrasses are totally submerged, water clarity greatly affects their productivity. This study compares water quality and seagrass productivity in various segments of the St. Andrew Bay system. Seagrasses growing in bays with high turbidity show reduced productivity by producing narrower leaves. Because the density of the seagrasses is also reduced by poor water quality, the biomass of seagrasses growing in turbid water is reduced. These same seagrasses are also depleted in C13, and we assert that the C13 content of the leaves can be used as another indicator of seagrass productivity. Research Track: Student involvement in recruitment and restoration of the Bay Scallop (Argopecten irradians) in St. Andrew Bay, Florida Dr. John Foster • Room D127 • G Biology majors at Gulf Coast State College actively participate in bay scallop recruitment and restoration activities in St. Andrew Bay, Florida by FWCC. In 2008 -2012, scallop spat were collected by FWCC biologists, placed in cages and monitored by Gulf Coast students for growth and mortality. The scallops were placed in mesh bags, suspended in the cages, then suspended in bay water from the National Marine Fisheries dock in Panama City. Students removed and measured the scallops every three weeks during each spring semester during the scallop growth period. Mortality and water quality data were recorded. Each year, the data accumulated by students were tabulated and reported to Dr. Steve Geiger, scallop project director at FWCC in St. Petersburg. The students participated in scallop restoration, and contributed data to be used in the state management program. The objective of the faculty, Dr. Linda Fitzhugh and Dr. John Foster, was to provide students useful experiences that would orient them to field work and data management. In addition, students got to work with fishery biologists in a real-world management operation. The scallop project has continued yearly since 2008 with a total of about 150 students. Gulf Coast faculty will continue to support student cooperation in the effort to restore the scallop population in St. Andrew Bay. Aquatic Species Collecting Workshop Heather Sneed, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission – Marine Fisheries • Room D128 • G, N, E, M, H, P This workshop will focus on the Aquatic Species Collecting Certificate, which allows educators to collect aquatic organisms with certain restrictions. A PowerPoint presentation will be used along with actual items, and discussion. The workshop will cover the components of this special activity license, its requirements, best management practices, field sampling techniques, transporting techniques, basic information about keeping organisms, and resources that educators can use for these activities. This is a double session. Get on Board Peter Chaibongsai, The Billfish Foundation • Room D112 • G The Billfish Foundation's (TBF) Online Tag and Release Database allows people to "become a part of something bigger." The presentation will demonstrate the database's various capabilities for users to participate in research and connect with others, as well as discuss how it is a tool for education and, potentially, advocacy. This hands -on demonstration will show you how to navigate and perform database functions and how this database can greatly contribute and advance billfish conservation.

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Aligning Hands-on Experiences and Lessons with State Educational Standards Brittany Tate, Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance • Room D115 • G Audience Key G - General N - Non-Formal E - Elementary M - Middle School H - High School P - Post Secondary Often it is difficult to conceptualize an idea into an effective classroom experience, let alone aligning that idea with required educational standards. In this workshop, you will learn how to develop meaningful, inquiry-based experiences for your students that meet current state educational standards. Together, we will break down the curriculum building process, and explore strategies that will help you correlate your lesson to educational benchmarks. SUSTAIN: A teen service learning program Lauren Tyler, The Florida Aquarium • Room D117 • M, H The Florida Aquarium has hosted the Regional Oceans Conference for Students (ROCS) for 15 years. This year through a generous grant from WalMart we expanded the program to the new Students Understanding Sustainabilty Through Active Inspiration Network (SUSTAIN). This program for middle and high school students featured a service learning day, student funds to complete a sustainability project and to share results at the culminating ROCS program. This session will showcase curriculum and results.

Session 2 11:10 AM - 12:00 PM
Research Track: Stopping Barotrauma Drama! Exploring methods to reducing mortality in reef fishes that have to be released. Steve Theberge • Room D127 • G Fisheries Councils, State Agencies, Fisherman’s Groups and Regional and National Sea Grant Organizations all have been trying to develop effective ways to reduce mortality in released reef fish suffering from barotrauma (pressure damage caused by rapid decompression). Sometimes the different agencies and regions have recommended very different practices and regulations. The different responses of reef fish species to barotrauma damage and mitigation strategies has resulted in disagreements within the science and management community and has created further confusion in the fishing community. The conflicting research results also further complicates attempts to come up with comprehensive nationwide policies. Another issue vital to developing successful strategies is the involvement and buy -in of fishers. How can we create incentives to encourage proper fishing strategies that reduce mortality and develop mitigation methods that are convenient, quick, and practical to use in everyday fishing situations and get fishers to use them? How do we develop cohesive and practical regional and national policies to reduce Barotrauma mortality? Research Track: Birds and the Bees... and Fishes Erik Lang • Room D127 • G According to FishBase (a fabulous tool for teachers) there are 32,700 species of fish extant on the earth as of August 2013. That is more than all other vertebrate classes combined! As you can imagine, with that many fish, the diversity of body form and life strategies is quite high. With that variety in life strategies comes a variety of reproductive strategies. There are fish that spawn once in their lifetime, some give live birth, some that have most parental care exhibited by the father, and many others that change sex or even act as two sexes at once. All of these strategies have been adapted by fish to fit their specific environment and climate. All this information, or clues to this information, is gained through stained slices of gonad that is observed on a slide under a scope, which in a nutshell is histology. In this presentation we will go through specific examples and more to feed the needs of knowledge in fisheries biology.

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Coral Reefs in Hot Water: Monitoring Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies from Space Susan Lynds, University of Colorado • Room D112 • G Audience Key G - General N - Non-Formal E - Elementary M - Middle School H - High School P - Post Secondary In this hands-on workshop, we will explore a new suite of user-friendly online resources that enable online investigations of ocean temperature anomalies that endanger coral reefs worldwide. The new 1-km resolution products for Florida and the Gulf of Mexico will be featured. The NOAA Coral Reef Watch website also provides tutorials, videos, and classroom ready data activities. Bring your own laptop or tablet computer; several netbook computers will also be available for use. Boat Building for a Non-Newtonian World: Engaging Gifted and Talented Students in Fluid Dynamics Melissa K. Demetrikopoulos, Wesley D. Thompson, John L. Pecore, Stephen B. Feldman, Lee G. Morris • Room D115 • M Participants will explore the fluid dynamics of non-Newtonian fluids along with opportunities to make and test predictions. Four common types of non -Newtonian fluids are introduced and groups are challenged to build a boat that they will test for buoyancy, speed and strength on a non-Newtonian ocean of a shear thickening fluid named oobleck. Each group will be asked to develop an experimental design and produce two boats that differ by one design characteristic to test. Ocean Sampling Day Mellie Lewis, The College of Exploration • Room D117 • G The Ocean Sampling Day (OSD) is a simultaneous sampling campaign of the world’s oceans and will take place on the summer solstice (June 21st) in the year 2014. These cumulative samples, related in time, space and environmental parameters, will provide insights into fundamental rules describing microbial diversity and function and will contribute to the blue economy through the identification of novel, ocean -derived biotechnologies. Come and learn how you can participate in this Citizen Science Project.

Lunch & Regional Meetings

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Pick up your lunch in the Exhibit Hall in the Surfside Middle School Cafeteria, then join your Region for a short meeting at 12:30 PM. Meetings are located as follows: Panhandle- D113 E. Central- D115 Southeast- D127 North- D117 W. Central- D112 Northeast- D128 Southwest- D112

Session 3 1:10 PM – 2:00 PM
Research Track: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and marine bacteria: It ain’t all biodegradation Dr. Wade H. Jeffrey • Room D127 • G Much of the interest in marine bacteria and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has focused on the role these organisms play in the degradation of petroleum hydrocarbons. While many naturally occurring bacteria respond positively to the addition of oil, many species are inhibited by hyrocarbons. This additional carbon source also may disrupt normal microbial food web dynamics. These alterations may be further complicated by interactions with other environmental parameters like solar radiation. A brief summary of some of our current research into these topics will be presented.

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Research Track: Creatures of the Deep Dr. Charles Cotton • Room D127 • G Audience Key G - General N - Non-Formal E - Elementary M - Middle School H - High School P - Post Secondary In the cold, deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, little -known animals spend their entire lives in near darkness, far removed from our human world. Until now, little research has been conducted on creatures of the deep, keeping much of their lives a mystery. In April of 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, setting off the largest marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. Roughly 4.9 million barrels of crude oil gushed out of the well at a depth of 5000 feet. In the disaster’s aftermath, many questions arose about what lives in the deep waters of the Gulf, and how these animals may have been impacted by the oil. To answer these questions, scientists from the Deep-C Consortium’s ecology team conduct regular research trips in the area. The Creatures of the Deep video highlights this research. Trawl Endorsement for Aquatic Species Collecting Certificate Heather Sneed, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission • Room D128 • G, N, E, M, H, P Participants of this workshop must possess an Aquatic Species Collecting Certificate (or have completed the workshop), a trawl net (or access to one), and a vessel to pull the net (or access to one). This workshop details the requirements for operating a trawl net in aquatic environments, restrictions and best management practices for conducting this activity. A PowerPoint presentation will be used to cover these topics and discussion is encouraged. This is a double session. Ocean Exploration: Virtual field trips at Loggerhead Marinelife Center Kerri Allen, Loggerhead Marinelife Center • Room D112 • G With decreased funding for field trips and buses, it is getting harder and harder to get students out of the classroom and into the field. In Juno Beach, Loggerhead Marinelife Center has expanded their programming to include virtual field trips. These live, interactive programs take students on a quest through our sea turtle hospital and allow students to “meet” our sea turtle patients. Come experience a virtual field trip with us! Oceans in the classroom: Five professional development opportunities Teresa Greely and Angela Lodge, USF College of Marine Science • Room D115 • E, M, H Bring a sense of adventure and exploration as we share five Teacher Professional Development (TPD) opportunities that will bring the ‘ocean to your classroom.’ Choose one or more of the following TPDs. Come sail aboard the R/V Weatherbird II as part of our newest program-- Gulf of Mexico Teachers at Sea research cruises. Join USF marine scientists for ongoing research in the Gulf as part of Deepwater Horizon long-term monitoring. Become a Florida GLOBE school and engage your students as ‘citizen scientists’ who can collect environmental science data to share with other students and scientists worldwide, including in -class research and science projects. Learn to build your own water monitoring instruments as part of SENSE-IT ocean technology program. Discover ‘How and Why We Explore’ the ocean as part of NOAA’s newest professional development series. Consider participating with your students in the Spoonbill Regional Ocean Sciences Bowl competition. During this session we will introduce upcoming opportunities and provide a preview of some of the activities and lessons to expect as part of these ocean education programs. FMSEA members will have the first opportunity to sign-up for these professional development series! Climate Change Strategic Framing: Introduction to the National Network for Ocean & Climate Change Interpretation Brandon Smith, Brevard County Parks & Recreation • Room D117 • G Learn what the National Network for Ocean & Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI) is all about. You will gain exposure to the basic techniques of strategic framing and how they can be used to create a strong, unified message in regards to climate change. Informal educators will find out how they can get further involved with the NNOCCI Network through a NNOCCI Study Circle, with stipends available.

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2:10 PM – 3:00 PM
Springs Coast Watershed Project: From the Springs to the Gulf Earnie Olsen, Marine Science Station • Room D127 • G Since 1967, the Citrus County School District has operated the Marine Science Station (MSS) as an integrated component of elementary and secondary science curriculum. With grant funding through the NOAA Gulf Bay-Watershed & Education Training Program (Gulf BWET), The Springs Coast Watershed Project: From the Springs to the Gulf builds upon this tradition by increasing student achievement through inquiry, building teaching capacity, and providing students with MSS field experiences in Gulf coastal environments Holy-Moly! Coastal Ecology-scientific protocols used in the field study of mole crabs Shawn Walker, West Fl HS of Advanced Technology • Room D112 • H Holy-Moly is based on LiMPETS (Long-term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students) which is an environmental monitoring and education program for students, educators, and volunteer groups. This hands-on program was developed to monitor the ocean and coastal ecosystems of California’s National Marine Sanctuaries following the Cosco -Busan oil spill in San Francisco Bay. Holy-Moly has been modified to explore the sandy beaches found along the Gulf Coast. Students will experience the scientific process firsthand by collecting baseline date on the mole-crab population. Through research-based monitoring and standardized protocols, students develop their problem solving skills, gain experience using tools and methods employed by field scientists, and learn to analyze data. This can be a SINGLE or DOUBLE session. Participants who are interested can attend the extended session which includes a trip to the beach to experience the monitoring first hand. Oceans of Chemistry! Teaching Chemistry Content by Using the Ocean Heather Judkins and Megan O'Neil, The Florida Aquarium • Room D115 • M, H “Oceans of Chemistry!” was a professional development opportunity for secondary teachers created and sponsored by The Florida Aquarium and the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc. during 2013. The program used two ocean habitats (deep sea and coral reefs) as platforms to showcase the chemistry that is essential to each. The Chemistry of the Deep Sea was a series of 4, 1-day workshops offering content and the Chemistry of Corals workshop was a 1-week workshop held over the summer at the Keys Marine Lab on Long Key, FL. This session will highlight important aspects of this professional development series and provide participants with examples of classroom activities. I L.O.V.E. (Involving Local Volunteers Enthusiastic About Science) Science Program Chris Verlinde, UF/IFAS, Santa Rosa County FL Sea Grant Extension • Room D113 • G Classroom activities for the I Love Science Program are hands-on science inquiry experiments that support the FCAT standardized test and focus on the scientific method. Lesson plans for activities and data collection worksheets will be provided. Various hands-on activities have been developed to promote investigation of the scientific method. Determining the biggest bubble from various brands of bubble gum is one example. Participants will and participate in an I L.O.V.E Science hands-on activity.

Audience Key G - General N - Non-Formal E - Elementary M - Middle School H - High School P - Post Secondary

Cookie Break in Exhibit Hall

3:00 PM – 3:20 PM

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3:20 PM – 4:10 PM
Who knew scientific surveys could be mmm-mmm good? Dawn Miller-Walker and Jay Walker, The Science Eye • Room D117 • G, N, E, M, H If we want to know the species and abundance of organisms in a particular habitat, it is usually impossible to go and count each and every one of them. Scientific surveys are a great way to analyze a small area/sample size and then apply it to guestimate an entire population. Participants partake in their own scientific surveys… learn how to easily conduct, teach and apply hoop plots, transect lines, quadrats, core sampling and roving/roaming methods. Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory Presents: Educational Programs, Biological Supply and Audience Participation in Lab Experiments Tom Harrah, Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory • Room D113 • G, N, E, M, H Gulf Specimen Marine Lab will be presenting information about their marine life educational programs available both at their facility and with their traveling exhibit the Sea Mobile. Also, presenting information about marine species and experiment kits available through Gulf Specimen for research and education. Those who attend will get to participate in three hands on labs. The labs will be: Sea Urchin Embryology, Sponge Cellular Reaggregation of Sponges and Bio luminescence/ Fluorescence. How have you incorporated the new state Marine State Standards in your classroom? Jennie Fagan and Elena Duduk, Nease High School and Ponte Vedra High School • Room D127 • H How have the new Florida Marine Science State Standards impacted your classroom? The goal of this session is to hold a round table session with other Marine Science teachers to discuss pacing guides and how to align the Ocean Literacy Standards to the Florida State Standards. Bring your pacing guides, thoughts, and ideas. Building A Classroom Reef Linda Yori, Surfside Middle School • Room D115 • G Who doesn't love a great backdrop for teaching marine science? Students love to learn in classrooms that capture the imagination. In this session, you will learn how to make swim noodle coral reefs and craft foam 3D fish. Make and take.

Audience Key G - General N - Non-Formal E - Elementary M - Middle School H - High School P - Post Secondary

FMSEA 2015 Tampa Bay: Vision of the Past, Key to the Future April 30 – May 3, 2015 Stay tuned for details!
Interested in joining the conference committee? Contact Heather Segura : hsegura@flaquarium.org

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Presenter Biographies
Kerri Allen is the Science Coordinator at Loggerhead Marinelife Center, a sea turtle research and rehabilitation facility in Juno Beach, Florida. She holds a MS in Coastal Geology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and is very passionate about engaging students in the marine sciences! kallen@marinelife.org Peter Chaibongsai is the Director of Conservation Programs for The Billfish Foundation (TBF), a non -profit group whose mission is to conserve billfish populations globally and protect communities that are dependent on healthy billfish stocks. At TBF, he oversees all of TBF’s conservation programs - specifically with TBF’s Science and Education Division. He developed and implemented TBF’s Tag & Release Online Database, an innovative way for the public to report and explore billfish (and associated species) data and contribute to fisheries conservation. Peter_chaibongsai@billfish.org Dr. Charles (Chip) Cotton has a B.S. in Applied Biology from Georgia Tech, a M.S. in Marine Science from the University of Georgia’s Department of Marine Science and PhD from William and Mary’s Virginia Institute. While a student at the University of Georgia Marine Institute on Sapelo Island he researched the spawning behavior and biology of several species of drum fishes (Family: Sciaenidae), He has worked cooperatively with commercial fishermen to develop and refine culture techniques for black seabass and several species of mollusks (clams, oysters, whelks) and studies the life history of deep -water sharks. After completing a postdoctoral research position at Savannah State University, Dr. Cotton recently assumed a faculty position at the FSU Coastal and Marine Lab where he plans to continue studies of fish biology and life history. Dr. Melissa Demetrikopoulos collaborates with informal science settings, universities, colleges and pre-college educational institutions nationwide and is interested in partnership formation between the informal science community, formal science educators from Pre-K through post-docs, and working scientists. She conducts workshops for teachers and university faculty and camps for gifted students. mdemetr@biophi.org Elena Duduk graduated from the University of Florida in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and her Masters of Science Education in 2004. She spent the first three years in education in the informal world, teaching at an outdoor environmental school, Queens Zoo in New York City, and at the Museum of Science and History (MOSH). After leaving MOSH, she entered into the formal public high school realm. She currently teaches biology and marine science to the most energetic and fun loving students at Ponte Vedra High School in St. Johns County. Eduduk@gmail.com Jennie Fagan graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1993 with a degree in Science Education, specializing in Earth Space Science. After graduation Jennie taught middle school science in both Houston County, GA and St Johns County, FL before transferring to Nease High School and taking over the Marine Science program in 2002. Jennie is the current department chair at Nease and participates in curriculum and test writing opportunities in her county. Jennifer.Fagan@stjohns.k12.fl.us Dr. Stephen Feldman is able to leverage knowledge and experience gained as a biomedical research and production scientist to provide and support IT solutions for educational programming and partnerships as Director of Scientific Computing. Dr. Linda Fitzhugh focused on water quality and seagrass productivity for her doctoral work in Oceanography. She monitored water quality and seagrass growth for years for the St. Andrew Bay RMA, a local non -profit environmental group focused on protecting St. Andrew Bay, before completing her studies at FSU. lfitzhugh@gulfcoast.edu Dr. John M. Foster worked 35 years with the Bay County School system, teaching science at Surfside Middle School for 17 of those years. He graduated from the University of West Florida (BA), Auburn University (Med), and the University of Southern Mississippi (PhD). He received an award for developing a marine science field class at Surfside called Wet Week (with Glenn Faust) and has published 14 scientific papers and a book chapter on the biology of the fauna of Costa Rica. John has worked as a taxonomic consultant in the area of Crustacea and Mollusca through his own company and other consultant companies around the Gulf of Mexico. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Biology at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City and continues research on the taxonomy and ecology of symbiotic Amphipoda (Crustacea). Since leaving Surfside, he has continued to work with the Wet Week program . Dr. Teresa Greely and Angela Lodge enjoy sharing their enthusiasm, experiences and joys of careers in science and teaching. During the school year they facilitate Teacher PD, teach college courses and lead coastal field trips. In summers they lead precollege programs. They strive to make the ocean more accessible and meaningful to all. greely@usf.edu Tom Harrah is the manager of Gulf Specimen Marine Lab's traveling exhibit the Sea Mobile, conducts educational programs at the lab, is the volunteer and internship coordinator and one of the collectors of marine specimens. gulfspecimentom@hotmail.com

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Dr. Wade H. Jeffrey is an oceanographer specializing in marine microbial ecology. He received a BS in Biology from Virginia Tech and a MS and PhD in Marine Science from the University of South Florida. Much of his research and travel has focused on how ultraviolet radiation affects marine and aquatic microorganisms in both high and low UV environments including both polar oceans, coral reef environments, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Atacama Desert in Chile. Since 2010 he has been researching the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on marine microbes in the Gulf of Mexico, how ultraviolet radiation and oil interact in marine systems and how microbial production is subsequently affected. Dr. Heather Judkins is a visiting assistant professor at USF-St. Petersburg and the Teacher Programs coordinator for the Florida Aquarium where she designs and facilitate teacher professional development programs . She has taught marine science at Seminole High School in Pinellas County and oceanography and biology at Petersburg College. She has a particular interest in Cephalopods. Hjudkins@flaquarium.org Erik T. Lang works as a reproductive fisheries biologist in a contracted position for NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service in Panama City. He identifies how many eggs female fish produce, how often they spawn, and the ratio of males to females. He attended Texas A&M University at Galveston where he worked in research labs for a BS in Marine Biology. He identified larval fish, diving on a sea mount reef off the Texas/Louisiana coast, and tagging blue marlin. He has a MS from University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Lab where he studied reproductive fisheries biology and illustrated larval fish to develop a diagnostic key between species. He previously worked as a contractor for NOAA Fisheries in Pascagoula, MS, sampling offshore fishes in the Gulf of Mexico. Erik has lived a full life for only being 29 years old but nothing compares to his 2 year old daughter Rylee, the pride of a father is like no other. Mellie Lewis was a gifted and talented resource teacher for 25 years. Since retiring from the formal classroom in 2007 she has devoted her time to working in the informal education field. She is a teacher facilitator for the College of Exploration and the Southern Regional Leader of NOAA’s Climate Steward Program. As an avid SCUBA diver Mellie is passionate about anything and everything related to the ocean. mellielewis@hotmail.com Susan Lynds holds an M.S. in Science Education with an oceanography emphasis. She is currently the project evaluator for the high-resolution NOAA Coral Reef Watch products grant, funded by NASA. Susan has been introducing users to these resources and collecting user feedback for several years. Susan.lynds@colorado.edu Dawn Miller-Walker has a BS in Fisheries/Aquatic Biology, a dual MS in Marine Biology and Coastal Zone Management, and over 15 years of experience teaching principals of ecosystems, conservation, ethical angling, and other sciences. She is the owner/CEO of Science Eye and the Co-Founder/Program Director of Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO). dwalker@scienceeye.com Dr. Lee Morris’ research interests span a variety of marine organisms from whales to lobsters and she has extensive experience as an electro-neuro-physiologist. She has taught biological classes at both the high school and college level as well as through public education and camp programs. Dr. Morris is the Assistant Director of Marine and Invertebrate Education Institute for Biomedical Philosophy and Biology Instructor at Piedmont Technical College. Earnie Olsen has been employed as a non-formal teacher and boat captain at the Marine Science Station since 2008. Former career experiences include formal classroom science teacher, fish hatchery biologist, scientific diver, and hazardous waste technician. Educational background includes a B.S. in Biology (FSU) and a M.Ed. in Education (USF). olsene@citrus.k12.fl.us Megan O’Neill has been teaching secondary science for 13 years and currently teaches Marine and Environmental Science at Spanish Fort High School in Spanish Fort, Alabama. She also teaches Biology II at Faulkner State Community College as well as an online ACCESS Marine Science course. Megan worked with scientists in the Arctic, Antarctica through the ARMADA Project and as a 2010 Toyota International Teacher in the Galapagos. Megan has a B.S. in Environmental Science from the School of Engineering at Auburn University and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Science Education from the University of South Alabama. Megan attained National Board Certification (2006) and was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching in 2010. Currently she is working on her Ph.D. in Education, Instructional Design and Development from the University of South Alabama Dr. John Pecore’s research interests involves teaching and learning inquiry-based science in contextual environments with an emphasis on facilitating collaborative inquiry -based instruction and meaningfully situating science learning experiences within a historical perspective. Dr. Pecore is the Assistant Director for Science Education Institute for Biomedical Philosophy and Professor of STEM Education at University of West Florida. jpecore@uwf.edu Cypress Rudloe is the General Manager at Gulf Specimen Marine Lab, commercial boat captain, conducts educational programs at the lab and is also one of the collectors of marine specimens. Page 15 #fmsea14 FMSEA Annual Conference

Heather Sneed is the Environmental Specialist II for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Division of Marine Fisheries Management, Outreach and Education section. She is the FWC representative for FMSEA. Heather.Sneed@MyFWC.com Brandon Smith has been teaching environmental education in Brevard County for 14 years. He is a regional leader for the National Network for Ocean & Climate Change Interpretation, East Central Regional Director for FMSEA, and is also a participant in the NOAA Climate Steward Program. Brandon.smith@brevardparks.com Brittany Tate is the Education Coordinator for the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, a nonprofit watershed organization in Northwest Florida. Working with local school districts, Brittany manages large -scale environmental educational programs that reach close to 2,000 students every month. tateb@nwfsc.edu Stephen Theberge has a BS in Fisheries and a MS in Biology. He currently works as a contractor Fishery Biologist with Riverside Technology at the NMFS Southeast Fisheries Science Center. Steve is developing methods for processing and sectioning otoliths to determine fish age and growth information for stock assessments, sampling fish gonads for reproductive data and working on a Fish Barotrauma Demonstration project for NOAA. He works with charter boat captains and the FFWCC on methods to reduce the mortality of snapper and grouper released due to regulatory restrictions. Steve helped to organize the 2011 National FishSmart Barotrauma Workshop in Atlanta, Georgia and presented at regional Fish Smart workshops in Portland, OR, St Petersburg, FL and Providence Rhode Island. FishSmart is a new national program that is developing education/outreach programs to reduce mortality in released fish. Steve was previously a Sea Grant Extension Agent in Florida and Oregon. He has worked on reducing by-catch mortality in fisheries, understanding stock assessment science and the fishery management process, consumer education on commercial fishing and seafood products, and collaborations with fishermen and NOAA on marine debris recovery programs. Steve has also developed Marine Education programs for New England Aquarium and several environmental organizations, and taught field Marine Biology Education programs for ten years at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Dr. Wesley D. Thompson is interested in programming promoting intergenerational learning in the arts and science with a focus on increasing scientific literacy through supplemental science education and providing mechanisms to facilitate translation of biomedical research. He has facilitated local science education partnerships and co -developed science educational programming for gifted students. Dr. Thompson is the Laboratory Sciences Director, Director of Exhibits and Chief Curator for the Institute for Biomedical Philosophy Energetic Einsteins. westhomp@haremco.com Lauren Tyler has worked in the conservation education field for 21 years. She holds a dual degree in Elementary Education and Marine Science and an MBA. Lauren currently works at The Florida Aquarium as the Director of Youth Education. As a science educator her passion is to share the natural world with all ages promoting a balance between humans and nature! ltyler@flaquarium.org Chris Verlinde, the UF/IFAS Fl. Sea Grant Agent in Santa Rosa County, Florida conducts issue -based educational programs through workshops, classes, community events, conferences, publications and electronic media. She works with students, teachers, community members and decision makers to provide science -based resources and activities. Chrismv@ufl.edu Jay Walker teaches principles of ecosystems, conservation, ethical angling, and other aspects of plant, animal and aquatic biology. Jay is also an operational part of the Science Eye as well as the Co -Founder of the Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO). jwalker@scienceeye.com Shawn Walker has four years experience field testing mole-crab population studies on Perdido Key beaches in Florida. He is also involved in collaboration with Deep -C Consortium and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Project GOO, researching the distribution of tar-patties found along northern coastal beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. Shawn has a B.S. from the University of West Florida and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership. swalker@escambia.k12.fl.us Linda Yori has her degrees in Elementary Education, Secondary Earth and Space Science and Middle School science. She has been very active in training both students and teachers in local ecology. She is a master naturalist and has designed summer STEM camps with an emphasis in sea grass ecology at FSU PC and through Work Force in Port St. Joe. Using Air Force funding, she spearheaded workshops where elementary teachers were partnered with their secondary families to increase science pedagogy through hands on labs that could be taken back into elementary classrooms. Yori.linda@gmail.com

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2013 FMSEA Board of Directors Nominees
The FMSEA Board of Directors is a nominated panel of individuals who are responsible for the operational aspects of the FMSEA organization. Each year various positions become available for re-election. This year the following elected positions are:      President –Elect Secretary Panhandle Regional Director North Regional Director West Central Regional Director

All members of FMSEA are encouraged to run for any of the above positions if you are interested in becoming more involved with FMSEA. Self- nominations are accepted. If you are nominating another individual, please make sure that the individual is aware and accepting of the nomination. If you are interested in joining a FMSEA Committee, please speak to a Board member. Thank you, Kasey Gaylord-Opalewski FMSEA President Elect 2013-2014

President-Elect Jenna Cummings, The Canterbury School of Florida, St. Petersburg, FL (West Central) Jenna Cummings attended Eckerd College where she completed her Bachelor of Science in marine geology in 2002. She received her Masters of Science from the University of South Florida in 2006. Her graduate work involved studying paleoclimate records using sediments from the Gulf of Mexico. While completing her graduate work, Jenna was the recipient of an NSF Graduate K -12 Education Fellowship. Jenna is currently Director of Marine Studies at the Canterbury School of Florida where she teaches marine science to students in PreK-3 through grade 12. In this position, Jenna was instrumental in securing the Canterbury School of Florida’s partnership with Cousteau Divers. Through this partnership, students participate in SCUBA diving expeditions where they implement scientific surveying techniques. Jenna has also created and implemented a curriculum that enhances the traditional science curriculum in the areas of marine conservation and environmental education. In addition to these major accomplishments, Jenna has developed many grant projects for field trips, habitat restoration, and water education projects. She is also involved in outreach to local schools, providing marine studies education opportunities for local partner schools including Academy Prep and PACE Center for Girls. Jenna is an active member of FMSEA and has served as the West Central Regional director since 2012. “I have greatly enjoyed the opportunity to serve on the FMSEA board as the West Central Regional Director for the last two years. I firmly believe in FMSEA’s mission to support marine science educators in both formal and informal educational settings. I am passionate about marine science education, as well as hard -working and organized. As FMSEA president-elect, I will utilize these traits to ensure that our organization continues to meet our member’s needs through the listserv, regional outings, professional development workshops and the annual conference.”

Secretary Reese Hanifin, Alonso High School, Tampa, FL (West Central) Reese has a masters degree and environmental planning from Arizona State University. She worked in Environmental Science Group for 10 years working on largepublic infrastructure projects. Since moving to FL (four years ago) she transitioned into teaching high school science. She currently teaches high school zoology and forensic science at Alonso high school in Tampa Florida. She volunteers weekly at Clearwater Marine Aquarium on the sea turtle, sharks, and stingrays Animal Care team. She is an avid diver (although I recently return to the sport after living 15 years in the desert). She is passionate about protecting the environment and believes education is the key to that. “ I want to serve on the FMSEA board because I believe in the FMSEA misson. I love the quality and diverse talents of FMSEA and I would be honored to be a part of the board and continue the FMSEA legacy.”

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Panhandle Regional Director Stephanie Nagel, Gulf World Marine Park, Panama City Beach, FL Stephanie graduated in 2010 from the University of West Florida with a bachelor's degree in psychology. To pursue her career in marine mammal training she completed two internships; one in wildlife rehabilitation and the other in marine mammal training at Gulf World. After Stephanie completed her marine mammal internship she accepted the Education Coordinator position at Gulf World. For three years now she continues to oversee educational day camps, field trips, formal and informal presentations, educational outreaches, and also assists in Gulf World's nonprofit stranding facility, Gulf World Marine Institute. Within the institute, Stephanie assists with sea turtle and dolphin rehabilitation as well as assisting in necropsies on dolphins and small whales. “When I first joined the Florida Marine Science Educators Association and noticed all the opportunities and learning experiences within; I knew I wanted to become more involved with this organization. FMSEA has given me new educational tools, resources, and relationships with other marine science educators. Now that I have received these assets I would also like to combine the other resources I have working at Gulf World Marine Park. This would allow me to share information about marine life to other educators throughout the Panhandle.“

North Regional Director Earnie Olsen, Citrus County School District’s Marine Science Station, Crystal River, FL Since 2008, Earnie has served as the Teacher/Boat Captain at the Citrus County School District’s Marine Science Station in Crystal River, FL. As part of the Citrus County School District’s elementary and secondary science curriculum, Earnie provides students with marine and aquatic science instruction at the Marine Science Station campus and aboard vessels for enriching field experiences within local springs systems, coastal rivers, estuaries, and the nearshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Other aspects of his job include grant writing and grant administration, curriculum development and integration, delivery of professional development for local teachers, public relations, and aquarium life support maintenance. His prior teaching experience was at the Academy of Environmental Science in Crystal River, FL where he taught high school biology, chemistry, marine science, and science research. Before Earnie got into the teaching field, he served as a fish hatchery biologist at the Crystal River Mariculture Center, currently operated by Duke Energy, where he raised red drum, spotted seatrout, and pink shrimp and conducted a variety of fisheries science projects for the company. He also worked as a scientific scuba diver on artificial reef projects in the Gulf of Mexico for the University of West Florida and served as a Hazardous Materials Technician at Florida State University. Earnie holds a B.S. in Biological Science from Florida State University and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida. He has been a FMSEA member since 2008. “I aspire to be the next North Regional Director of FMSEA because as a professional educator, I feel strongly about the duty of service. If elected to serve, I will work diligently and dutifully to be of maximum service to the FMSEA Board of Directors as well as to the current and future members of the North Region. I am seeking this leadership position to work collaboratively with the Board and other Regional Directors in a meaningful and productive way that strengthens the professional vitality of the FMSEA membership.”

West Central Regional Director Jaclyn Mousoulias, Pace Center for Girls, Pinellas Park, FL Jaclyn Mousoulias is a science teacher at the Pace Center for Girls in Pinellas Park, Florida. She teaches “at-risk” girls grades 612. She works very hard to have a marine science focus in her classroom. She has a Shark Angels Club at the school and a team that competes each year in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. This year her team won the Spoonbill bowl sportsmanship award. Jaclyn also works as a dive master at the Florida Aquarium on weekends, and she volunteers her time on turtle patrol with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Jaclyn has been secretary on the FMSEA board of directors for the past 2 years and loves being part of such a great organization. “I want to serve on the Board because I believe in the FMSEA mission and I enjoy working with other marine science educators.”

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National Marine Educators Association (NMEA)
NMEA brings together those interested in the study and enjoyment of both fresh and salt water and provides a focus for marine and aquatic studies all over the world. Check out NMEA at www.marine-ed.org for more details or follow us on twitter and Facebook @NatlMarineEd - for regular updates. FMSEA members get $5 off membership. Join today!

Florida Association of Science Teachers (FAST)
FAST is the local chapter of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and is the state's largest non-profit professional organization dedicated to improving science education at all levels, pre-school through college. The emphasis is on excellence, describing outstanding programs, innovative teaching techniques, research findings, new materials and equipment, and providing make and take workshops. For more information visit www.fastscience.org.

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Exhibitors
Please visit the Exhibitors below in our Exhibit Hall, located in Surfside Middle School Cafeteria. Exhibit Hall hours are on Saturday from 8:00 AM to 4:15 PM.
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Current Publishing Corp FSU Coastal and Marine Lab Florida State University, COAPS FSU Panama City

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Gulf Specimen Marine Lab Marine Resources Development Foundation/ MarineLab UF - IFAS Extension University of Colorado

2013-2014 FMSEA Board
President (2013-14) Heather Segura The Florida Aquarium Tampa, Florida president@fmsea.org President Elect (2013-14) Kasey Gaylord-Opalewski Mote Marine Laboratory Sarasota, Florida President-elect@fmsea.org Past President (2013-14) Sara Hamilton FL Keys Electric Cooperative Islamaroda, FL Past-president@fmsea.org Secretary (2012-14) Jaclyn Mousoulias Pace Center for Girls Pinellas Park, Florida secretary@fmsea.org Treasurer (2013-16) Lauren Tyler The Florida Aquarium Tampa, FL treasurer@fmsea.org Membership Secretary (2012-15) Mellie Lewis The College of Exploration Key Largo, Florida membership@fmsea.org NMEA Representative (2013-16) Laura Diederick Smithsonian Marine Station Fort Pierce, Florida nmea-rep@fmsea.org Community Manager (appointed) Laura Diederick Smithsonian Marine Station Fort Pierce, Florida community@fmsea.org Historian (appointed) Carol Leonard Lemon Bay High School (ret.) Englewood, Florida historian@fmsea.org ASC Workshop Liason (appointed) Kathy Russell City of Fernandina Beach Parks & Rec Dept. Fernandina Beach, Florida collections@fmsea.org Web Developer (appointed) Jason Robertshaw Mote Marine Laboratory Sarasota, Florida webmaster@fmsea.org Panhandle (2012-14) Brandon Mullins Shedd Aquarium Chicago, Illinois rd-panhandle@fmsea.org North (2012-14) Hugh Adkins Crystal River Marine Station Crystal River, Florida rd-north@fmsea.org Northeast (2013-15) Jennie Fagan St Johns County School District Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida rd-northeast@fmsea.org East Central (2013-15) Brandon Smith Riverwalk Nature Center Cocoa, Florida rd-eastcentral@fmsea.org Southeast (2013-15) Heath Martin Broward County School District Cooper City, Florida rd-southeast@fmsea.org Southwest (2013-15) Jason Robertshaw Mote Marine Laboratory Sarasota, Florida rd-southwest@fmsea.org West Central (2012-14) Jenna Cummings Canterbury School of Florida St Petersburg, Florida rd-westcentral@fmsea.org

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FMSEA thanks its generous supporters:

Conference Committee
Chairs: Registration: Hospitality: Food: Lodging: Field Trips: ASC Workshop: Transportation: Concurrent Sessions: Research Track: Speakers: Volunteers: Rosalyn Kilcollins & Brandon Mullins Mellie Lewis, Lauren Tyler, Chuck Shields Heather Segura, Rosalyn Kilcollins Rosalyn Kilcollins & Stephanie Nagle Rosalyn Kilcollins & Brandon Mullins Kenya Williams, Steve Theberge, Michelle Duncan. Stephanie Nagel Heather Sneed & Kathy Russell Rosalyn Kilcollins Ann Marie Shields, Linda Yori Rosalyn Kilcollins, Linda Fitzhugh, Steve Theberge Rosalyn Kilcollins & Brandon Mullins Charlene Mauro, Hugh Adkins, Jenna Cummings, Jaclyn Mousoulias, Tami McConnell, Linda Yori, Heather Segura, Kasey Gaylord-Opalewski, Fara Ilami, Jennie Fagan, Heath Martin, Chris Verlinde Brandon Smith Heather Segura Laura Diederick, Kasey Gaylord-Opalewski, Heather Segura, Tim Oldread Rosalyn Kilcollins, Heather Segura, Kasey Gaylord-Opalewski, Stephanie Nagel, Laura Diederick, Brandon Mullins Jenna Cummings, Linda Yori Jason Robertshaw Rosalyn Kilcollins, Stephanie Nagel, Brandon Mullins

Silent Auction: Exhibits: Publications/Signage: Evening Events: Technology: Website: Sponsorship:

A special thank you to the FMSEA Board for their continued support, dedication and hard work.

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Session Time & Locations Room D128 OPENING SESSION & STEM PANEL: Preparing Future Scientists Laura Bracken, Ameila Vaughn, Mike Zinzer, Ginger Littleton Surfside Middle School Cafeteria Billfish Database in the Classroom P. Chaibongsai Aligning with State Standards B. Tate Room D112 Room D113 Room D115 Room D117

Room D127

Opening Session 8:30 - 10:00 AM

Session 1 10:10 - 11:00 AM Collecting Certificate Worshop H. Sneed Coral Reefs in Hot Water S. Lynds

Research Track: C13 as Indicator/ Restoration of Bay Scallop

Teen Service Learning L. Tyler

Session 2 11:10 AM - 12:00 PM

Research Track: Barotrauma Drama!/ Birds and the Bees… & Fishes

Boat Building & Fluid Dynamics M. Demetrikopoulos, W. Thopson, J. Pecore, S. Feldman, L. Morris

Ocean Sampling Day M. Lewis

LUNCH 12:00 - 12:30 PM REGIONAL MEETINGS See page 25 for meeting locations Loggerhead Marinelife Center K. Allen Mole Crab Studies S. Walker I L.O.V.E. Science C. Verlinde

LUNCH Pick up box lunches in the Exhibit Hall, Surfside Middle School Cafeteria

Sessions at a Glance

12:30 - 1:00 PM

Session 3 1:10 - 2:00 PM Trawl Certificate H. Sneed

Ocean P D T. Greely, A. Lodge Teach Ocean Chemistry H. Judkins, M. O’Neil

Ntnl. Network for Ocean & Climate Change B. Smith

Session 4 2:10 - 3:00 PM

Research Track: Horizon Oil Spill/ Creatures of the Deep Springs Coast Watershed E. Olsen

3:00 - 3:20 PM

COOKIE BREAK & EXHIBIT HALL VIEWING Surfside Middle School Cafeteria *Mole Crab Studies continued at the beach* S. Walker Gulf Specimen Marine Lab T. Harrah Build a Reef L. Yori Scientific Surveys MM-MM Good D. Walker-Miller, J. Walker

Session 5 3:20– 4:10 PM

Marine State Standards J. Fagan, E. Duduk

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FRIDAY EVENING EVENT - Gulf World Marine Park 15412 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413. Located 2.1 miles west of Paradise Palms Hotel. Park on west side

SATURDAY MORNING/AFTERNOON SESSIONS - Surfside Middle School Nautilus St, Panama City Beach, FL 32413. Located 1.5 miles west of Paradise Palms Hotel, 2 blocks north of Front Beach Road.

SATURDAY EVENING EVENT - Gulf Coast State College-Advanced Technology Center Campus Address: 5230 West Highway 98, Panama City, FL 32401. Turn west on Collegiate Drive to get to ATC. Located about 7.9 miles east of Paradise Palms Hotel.

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