|Newsletter Vol. 1
The Project Oceanica website is evolving rapidly. Since we have a
new server, our web address has changed, our new address is oceanica.cofc.edu.
manned submersibles to explore numerous "oases" of life near
rocky outcrops on the ocean bottom. Log on and see what's new!
||With the recent
acquisition of our new Oceanica server, we are now able to make
many more resources available to our visitors. Some recent additions
are still images and video clips from the Savannah
Scarp and Charleston Bump legs of NOAA's Islands in the
Stream Expedition in which Dr. Sautter participated. This
three-month long expedition,which wrapped up in October, employed
Meet the StaffDr. Leslie Sautter is the Director of Project Oceanica and an Associate
Professor of Geology at the College of Charleston. She has just been
awarded the 2002 National Marine Education Award by the National Marine
Educators Association (NMEA). Congratulations Les!!
Steven Vettese is the Educational Technology Specialist for Oceanica.
He is our webmaster and the guru of anything with cords and buttons!
He has a Masters in Education in Science and Math.
Jennifer Jolly Clair is the Program Manager for Oceanica's COASTeam
Program and a marine educator for SC Sea Grant. She also has her Masters
in Education in Science and Math.
Rachel McEvers is Oceanica's Program Manager. She wears all the other
hats! She has bachelor degrees in both Public Relations and Marine Biology.
has the staff been up to?
In addition to our many ongoing projects,
we are constantly trying to get Oceanica's name out to everyone
as well as establish new partnerships and friendships. The icing
on the cake is that we always learn something new when we attend
conferences or present information on Oceanica. We take advantage
of every opportunity we can. Just take a look
In February, Steven attended the Geological
Society of America conference in Hawaii. He presented an exhibit
on Project Oceanica.
The entire staff attended the annual South Carolina Marine Educators
Association (SCMEA) conference. It was held at the Penn Center in Beaufort,
SC March 8-10. Leslie gave a presentation on her experience from Islands
in the Stream and Jennifer presented "COASTeam: New Directions!"
We learned a lot, had loads of fun and met great people! For more information
on SCMEA visit www.coastal.edu/science/scmea.
Leslie attended the regional NOAA Ocean Exploration Workshop in April.
Topics discussed included: Bahama banks (hopefully Oceanica will eventually
be involved in this project); shelf studies; expanding fisheries and
exploitation of new species, marine protected areas and essential fish
habitats; exploring the Gulf Stream and the Florida Current; looking
at water columns; the need for a monitoring program (Our recent Transects
Proposal would be perfect!!); resource prospecting for drugs and minerals;
exploration of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska, California
and New England. Ocean Exploration is a collaboration of OAR and NOS
branches of NOAA. It is a permanent program which was launched from
the President's Panel on Ocean Exploration. Islands in the Stream
and Deep East were part of this. To visit the Deep East website
go to oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/explorations/deepeast01
The annual National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) annual conference
is July 20-27 in New London, Connecticut. Jennifer and Leslie will be
attending. They will co-present a session on the COASTeam model of teaching
and Leslie will present her "Explore Plate Tectonics" workshop.
The NMEA website is www.marine-ed.org
The staff has been involved in several events recently. In addition
to the Geological Society of America and SCMEA conferences, the entire
staff served as judges at the regional science fair in March, Rachel
volunteered at the Student Challenge at the South Carolina Aquarium
in April and Leslie moderated at the regional National Ocean Science
Bowl competition in Columbia in February.
Leslie has been traveling to colleges and universities presenting seminars
on the Islands in the Stream project and her deep sea submersible dives.
She has recently spoken at Emory University, Georgia State, Skidaway,
Savannah State, College of Charleston and Brevard College. She has just
completed her log of the Savannah Scarp leg of the project which can
be accessed at oceanica.cofc.edu/scarpjournal.
In addition to talking about her experience she has recruited several
undergraduates from these colleges to participate in the At Sea! Program.
On the May 10th cruise students from both Brevard College and Savannah
State traveled to Charleston to participate. Hopefully as her seminar
circuit continues she'll be able to interest other students and continue
to expand Oceanica's influence.
pictures of the samples on the oceanica website at oceanica.cofc.edu.
Just click on the "Sample Repository" button.
Rachel, with help from Marine Biology undergraduate
Tom Smith, has quantified several sediment samples from the Savannah
Scarp and the Charleston Bump. These samples were collected by
Leslie and her colleagues on the Islands in the Stream expedition.
The samples are available for distribution to teachers. If you
would like a sample, e-mail Rachel at email@example.com.
You can view
Rachel used these sediment samples to assist Elizabeth Rhodes with the
Geol 107 student projects for the Spring 2002 semester. The students
had to analyze the sediment samples from the Charleston Bump and the
Savannah Scarp and create PowerPoint presentations outlining their conclusions
and the reasons for the extreme difference in the composition of the
samples. The presentations were so good that we hired one of the students,
Ben Bertolet, to consolidate them into one polished presentation for
the Oceanica website. Keep watching, it should be up soon.
Leslie and Rachel just finished writing a lesson plan for NOAA's Ocean
Exploration Galapagos Island Expedition. The purpose of the expedition
is to gather more information on the hydrothermal vents at the Galapagos
Spreading Center. The lesson plan focuses on seafloor spreading. You
can access the Expedition information (and the lesson plan) at http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov
| At Sea!
On March 1, Jenkins High School from Savannah, GA participated in
the Leg 003 At Sea! cruise. They've completed their post-cruise workshop
and have recently completed their presentations. North Charleston High
School students were on board for Leg 004 on May 10. Unfortunately,
since it was the end of the school year they will not participate in
a post-cruise workshop. We are currently waiting to hear from NOAA regarding
At Sea! ship time for next school year.
Two students from Brevard College in North Carolina and two students
from Savannah State College also joined us on Leg 004. The students'
travel expenses were paid for by the new Oceanica Student Travel Fund.
The money in this fund comes from "scholarship" donations
from colleges that Leslie visits on her seminar circuit. In the future
we hope to increase the fund with Oceanica T-shirt and calendar sales.
We have just developed an instructor's resource guide for the At Sea!
program. It provides participating teachers all the information they
need for a smooth and enjoyable At Sea! experience for them and their
students. Teachers who sign up for At Sea! will automatically receive
a guide. Teachers who may be interested can request more information
about the program on the At Sea! website http://oceanica.cofc.edu/atsea.
Oceanica has just partnered with NOAA's SC Phytoplankton Monitoring
Network. Dr. Steve Morton and Kate Schaefer of the SCPMN participated
in the May 10 At Sea! cruise and will be contributing to the opportunities
and resources available through Oceanica. We truly look forward to the
new endeavors this relationship will bring. If your group would like
to participate in the phytoplankton monitoring project you can log on
Research/SCPMN/SCPMNmain.htm for more information.
The COASTeam Institute for teachers grade 6-8 was held on the College
of Charleston campus from June 3-8. The course was sponsored by Project
Inquiry, a National Science Foundation grant awarded to Charleston and
Berkeley County School Districts, and was open to teachers in those
school districts. COASTeam piloted a new program model for the Institute.
Each morning, teachers of all grade levels explored a major concept
in marine science. During the afternoon sessions, participants separated
into grade-level "teams" for more in-depth exploration of
grade-specific curriculum standards. The course utilized three instructors
- Jennifer Jolly Clair, Dr. Leslie Sautter, and Sue Morrison (marine
science teacher at James Island High School); and five master teachers
- Dina Ledford, Kathy Brown, Debbie Seifert, James Reed, and Garen McDowell
- all of whom are COASTeam "graduates".
The Colleton County COASTeam Middle School Marine Science (MS)2 will
be held from June 18-26 at the SC-DNR Bennett's Point facility in the
ACE Basin The course is sponsored by Educate Colleton Outdoors, a Gaylord
and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation grant awarded to the SC Department of
Natural Resources, and is open to Colleton County teachers. Elizabeth
|Rhodes, instructor at the College of Charleston, will join
Jennifer and Leslie as instructors for the course; and Dina Ledford and
Sally Howard will be master teachers. We are excited about this new partnership
and look forward to working with DNR in the future.
COASTeam Aquatic Workshops, 1-credit-hour grade-specific elementary
workshops, are still in the planning stage. Jennifer and Stephen Schabel
(a masters degree student) are currently working with SC Aquarium staff
to develop Kindergarten-2nd grade curricula. Tentative dates for the
Aquarium classes are Nov. 2 for Kindergarten, Feb. 8 for 1st grade and
March 8 for 2nd grade. Aquatic Workshops for grades 3-5 will be offered
the following 2002-2003 school year. A COASTeam cruise with Charleston
Explorer set out on May 18. Participants performed a sediment grab sample
and a plankton tow, learned about various marine "critters",
and explored Morris Island. It was such a success that we may partner
up with them for future At Sea! cruises in addition to the cruises on
the NOAA Ferrel.
The COASTeam Program has also partnered with the College of Charleston's
GEAR UP! Program (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate
Programs). GEAR UP! will use the COASTeam curriculum as the new science
component of their three-week summer program for rising 8th graders.
Michelle Hardee, instructor at Coastal Carolina and former COASTeam
instructor, will lead the science portion of the program. We are particularly
excited about this partnership because we have the opportunity to expose
students, rather than their teachers, to the COASTeam curriculum.
To find out more about COASTeam visit http://oceanica.cofc.edu/coasteam.
| Future Opportunities!
Three grant proposals were recently submitted that would involve Oceanica.
Leslie submitted a proposal for a South Carolina Transect Program
to NSF. If the grant is approved, the first leg would be in November.
The proposal is geared to start Sept. 1. College of Charleston and USC
(with Dr. Robert Thunell of the Dept. of Geosciences) will be working
together. There will be 5 legs to the transect with the main one off
the Charleston coast. The goal is to expand the program to include transects
from Wilmington, NC and Savannah as well. There will be a mentoring
team, 2 high school students, 2 teachers, 4 undergrads from each school,
4 graduate students from each school, 2 PhD's and 2 Primary Investigators.
Eric Tappa from USC will be the technology specialist and Dewey Golub
of the Oceanica staff will be in charge of the website. Cruises are
scheduled for Nov. 2002, May 2003 and Nov. 2003. Steven will build a
transect page on the Oceanica website so that it will be available when
the program starts.
The second Islands in the Stream expedition begins this summer.
Oceanica will be involved with the education of the expedition. This
year's expedition will include several sites along the shelf-edge off
of Georgia and South Carolina.
Oceanica's New Staff Additions
Lisa Norman and Chris Gawle will be summer scholars with Oceanica
helping to develop a grant for the continuation and expansion of the
At Sea! Program.
We have a new education program assistant, Julie Banko. Oceanica is
growing by leaps and bounds and her help is greatly needed and appreciated.
Masters in Environmental Studies (MES) student Stephen Schabel is helping
Jennifer develop the COASTeam curriculum for the Aquatic Workshops in
cooperation with the SC Aquarium.
Sara Saksewski, also an MES student, is developing a wonderful reference
guide to native mollusk shells with breathtaking pictures. She's currently
involved in many of Oceanica projects and is an integral part of our
Senior John Pennington, who is in charge of Oceanica's Coastal Geology
Online, will be working with Elizabeth Rhodes, Mike Thomas and Glenn
vonRosenberg this summer to complete coastal erosion study educational
resources, including aerial photos of our coast and science summaries
for the web page.
As you can see Oceanica is on a roll! We have many projects completed
and ongoing as well as several exciting opportunities just over the
horizon. We're thrilled with our success so far and feel the ocean's
the limit! Don't forget to visit our web site regularly as it is constantly
changing and growing. Thank you so much for your support and interest
and be on the look out for more Oceanica news in the near future.