Newsletter Vol. 2
November 12,2002
New Staff Members
Steven Vettese, our webmaster, has just left us for the happy world of matrimony. He recently moved to Atlanta where he will be a physical science teacher and assistant lacrosse coach. He will still assist us remotely through our server on a part-time basis. Although he will be missed, we have a wonderful new staff member to fill his shoes. Dewey Golub received his Bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology from the College of Charleston in 1998. He then moved to British Columbia to live and work with the Hesquit Indians to rebuild habitats for Salmon spawning. From there he relocated to Palm Beach Florida where he worked for the Marinelife Center of Juno Beach. His work there involved Sea Turtle nesting surveys. Eventually, Dewey went back home to the Boston area to work with an internet start-up company where he obtained all his technical expertise. When the internet company didn’t live up to his expectations he became a crew member aboard private vessels. His travels took him to the Florida Keys, the Caribbean Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. This brings us to the present, where Dewey is the new Educational Technology Specialist (webmaster) for Project Oceanica. We are very excited to have him and look forward to working with him.

Lisa Hollen is our newest staff member. She participated on the “Islands in the Stream 2002: Exploring Underwater Oases” Expedition. Lisa is involved with the comparison of rocks and sediments along the edge of the continental shelf from northern Florida to northern South Carolina. She will examine the fossil assemblages in the sediments and study the benthic invertebrate communities that inhabit the "live rocks."
Dr. Leslie Sautter is the Director of Project Oceanica and an Associate Professor of Geology at the College of Charleston. She received the Marine Education Award from the National Marine Educators Association for 2002. This award is given for outstanding work in marine education at the local or national level. She received a plaque and a one year membership to NMEA at the annual conference in July, 2002. Leslie was also South Carolina Marine Educators Association’s Educator of the Year for 2001. Way to go, Les!!
Undersea Opportunity
The second Islands in the Stream Expedition took place this summer, and Oceanica’s Leslie Sautter and Lisa Hollen were participating scientists on Leg 001 of the expedition. This expedition, named “Exploring Underwater Oases,” was funded by the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration, and was lead by Chief Scientist, Dr. George Sedberry of the SC Dept. of Natural Resources . One of Oceanica’s roles in the expedition is to translate scientific discoveries and information for use in developing educational materials. The purpose of the expedition was to explore high-relief areas along the continental shelf edge and upper slope along the eastern coast of Florida to North Carolina within an area known as the South Atlantic Bight. They spent 10 days aboard Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute’s Research Vessel Seward Johnson. They were able to examine bottom habitats with the use of Harbor Branch’s Johnson Sea-Link II submersible. The submersible enabled them to collect video and photographic images of shelf-edge reef habitats as well as samples of sediment, rocks, and marine organisms. Leslie and Lisa will examine the sediment samples to determine the community of benthic foraminifera, (single celled, bottom dwelling Protists), for comparison with fossil assemblages of both benthic and planktonic foraminifera. Please visit Ocean Explorer, Project Oceanica and the Underwater Oasis Expedition on the Project Oceanica website.

What Has the Staff Been Up To?
Leslie participated in the NOAA Ocean Exploration Education Workshop, held in early September. Paula Keener-Chavis, Ocean Exploration’s National Education Coordinator, convened fifty marine educators from around the country to discuss and prioritize needs and approaches for improving ocean science literacy in the U.S. Contact Ms. Keener-Chavis for more information (

The National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) annual conference was held July 20-27 in New London, Connecticut. Jennifer Jolly Clair and Leslie both attended. Jennifer presented “The COASTeam Program: a model for teaching teachers interdisciplinary science.” Leslie presented her “Exploring Plate Tectonics” workshop as well as an informative workshop on Project Oceanica and the many opportunities it has to offer. Leslie also received the Marine Education Award for 2002.

Rachel McEvers and Jennifer Jolly Clair attended the Environmental Education Forum at the Lowcountry Estuarium in Port Royal, SC on September 11th. The purpose of the forum is for people from marine education organizations to update each other on their current projects and exchange information and ideas. It was hosted by the Lowcountry Institute.

Oceanica exhibited at Math & Science Saturday on October 19th. It was held at the College of Charleston and was coordinated by the Lowcountry Hall of Science and Math. There were several interesting and informative exhibits. It’s an annual event so if you missed it this year make sure you check it out next year.

A Great Way to Start the School Year
NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration hosted an ocean front festival on August 17th in Charleston, SC to highlight their current expedition “Islands in the Stream 2002: Exploring Underwater Oases.” Over 250 school children from grades 5-12 attended the festival with their classes.

Oceanica was one of the featured exhibitors as were the S.C. Aquarium, S.C. Dept. of Natural Resources, S.C. Phytoplankton Monitoring Network, Gray’s Reef Marine Sanctuary and many others. All the exhibitors had hands-on activities for the students and lots of fun, free “stuff.”
In addition to the exhibits, the main event of the festival was the opportunity to board two huge research vessels! The students were treated to guided tours of the NOAA Ship RON BROWN and of course the expedition ship itself, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute’s R/V Seward Johnson. The Seward Johnson houses the submersible Johnson Sea-Link, which was used in the expedition to explore the underwater oases and collect samples of animals, rocks, sediment and plant-life.
Oceanica Initiates After-School Marine Science Enrichment Programs

Project Oceanica is pleased to announce the completion of the pilot program "Marine Magic," developed by South Carolina certified teacher James (Jim) Reed. This six-week after-school program explored several marine topics such as the relationship between Earth's moon and the tides, density and density driven currents, and how natural selection in a changing environment can be modeled in the classroom. All activities were conducted in class and projects were taken home by the students, and were re/de -constructed as well as communicated to others.
Fourth and fifth graders at Sullivan's Island Elementary participated in the pilot program. A special thank you to Tom Widlowski and Ashley Peters (Wando Community Continuing Education) for their encouragement and efforts. The first "Marine Magic" was a great success!


Current Projects
Rachel McEvers and Leslie contributed two lesson plans for NOAA’s Ocean Exploration “Islands in the Stream 2002: Exploring Underwater Oases” Expedition. The purpose of the expedition was to gather more information on the hardbottom communities in the South Atlantic Bight region. The lesson plans focus on the differences in seafloor sediments and the bathymetry of the continental margin in the South Atlantic Bight. You can access the Expedition information (and the lesson plans) at .

Dewey and Rachel sailed aboard the NASA vessel M/V Liberty Star for a 9-day research cruise. The co-Principal Investigator of the cruise was Andrew Shepard from The NOAA National Undersea Research Center at University of North Carolina, Wilmington. They left from the Cape Canaveral and cruised a 40-mile long transect parallel to the Florida shore. The purpose of the cruise was to map and characterize habitat condition in and near the Oculina Banks coral reef habitat, with an emphasis on those areas that support live Oculina reefs. This was done with multi-beam and side-scan sonar systems attached to the hull. The Oculina Banks is the oldest marine protected area off the southeast coast and this mission will help scientists determine whether or not their conservation efforts have been successful. You can read the daily logs from the cruise on the Oceanica website .
LOST and FOUND! Dewey proved himself as our new webmaster. Somehow we "lost" Steven Vettese's wonderful Folly Beach educator's guide in cyber space. It is now the first link on Oceanica's Lab and Field Activities Page (within the Resource Products section) -- the URL is This is a great guide, check it out!!
Port Fest 2002
Port Fest 2002 started on September 29 in Charleston, SC. Rachel coordinated the exhibitors for week 4, “Living Waterfront”. The Charleston Maritime Center and the Maritime Association of the Port of Charleston hosted this weekly ocean front event to introduce the Charleston public to the various waterfront and waterborne entities in Charleston Harbor.
“The Living Waterfront” was the theme for week 4 on October 20. The survey NOAA Ship FERREL was dockside. In addition, the Charleston Explorer, a touring pontoon boat, ran cruises to Morris Island for a uniquely lowcountry ecological experience.
Catch the Spirit!
The building of the Tall Ship Spirit of South Carolina has started and there is a place for you! The project is underway and they are welcoming volunteers to become involved. They have opportunities for a variety of interests. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Janet Segal at or 843-722-1030 or 843-722-3787. For more information contact The South Carolina Maritime Heritage Foundation.
A group of very special volunteers is working to create the very first Maritime History Museum, which will be housed at the Shipyard. These volunteers are researching, writing and planning the exhibits. They would love YOUR help! If you want to work from home, do research and locate artifacts, and plan educational opportunities, this group has a place for you. The museum will open this fall, so this requires some fast work.
The Shipyard will be open 7 days a week. Volunteers are needed to work morning and afternoon shifts doing a variety of tasks. These opportunities include concession/gift sales, ticket sales, docents, museum docents, general labor, greeters and sidewalk marketers and vessel construction (this requires woodworking/shipbuilding skills and permission of Shipwright). You will be outdoors, have a special volunteer uniform, and there's even free parking! Come to an Orientation Session to find out more!

Help is also needed in the office. Data input (needed right now), fund raising, clerical work and help on events (needed now and October) are some of the opportunities available.All volunteers are required to attend a 1.5 hour Orientation Session and commit a minimum of two 4-hour shifts per month. If you are interested in joining, come to the following Orientation Session (if you can't make it, there will be others scheduled.)

Orientation Session Wednesday, December 11
These session are at 6:00 PM Spirit of SC Shipyard - Ansonborough Field, corner of Calhoun and Concord - across from the Maritime Center. RSVP with your name and which session you will attend Be part of the fun and part of a most exciting project; it's a chance of a lifetime-Don't miss out! And tell your friends, relatives, co-workers and neighbors about The Spirit of SC and the opportunity for volunteering. Also, they are always looking for business sponsors and donors to support the building of this very special ship.
At Sea! Program Update
In order to increase the number of high schools able to participate in the At Sea! program, we have changed our criteria for participant selection and our format for the cruises themselves. Last year we took one entire high school class per At Sea! cruise. This year, we are using a team approach. For each cruise, four teams participate, where each team consists of one high school teacher, three high school students and two undergraduate students from the College of Charleston. This means we can take teams from four different high schools on each cruise. The teachers themselves develop their selection criteria for selecting their team members. The purpose of the undergraduate student involvement is to have mentors within the team who will help to coordinate the post-cruise data analysis and creation of the presentation. We have recently completed an instructor’s resource guide for At Sea!. It provides participating teachers all the information they need for a smooth and enjoyable At Sea! experience for them and their students.

For the Fall 2002 field season, NOAA, along with assistance from the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium, provided four days of At Sea! ship time this aboard the NOAA Ship FERREL. Two more dates are scheduled for the Spring 2003. Our first cruise was on Oct. 7th and was a huge success. We had 11 high school students, 3 teachers, 2 undergraduates and 1 observer. Dense fog almost kept us from sailing but we stuck it out and had a great cruise. Reporters from the College of Charleston and the Post & Courier were aboard for our Oct. 17th cruise. Adam Ferrell (a coincidental surname!) of the Post & Courier wrote a wonderful article about the program! It may be found online (without photographs, unfortunately), at: .
Teachers who may be interested can request more information about the program on the At Sea! website Contact Rachel ( for more information.

We are most grateful to the captain (Lt. Commander Jim Meigs) and crew of the NOAA Ship FERREL for all their dedicated work toward making the At Sea! program a success. Sadly, the FERREL is scheduled for decommission in December. We hated to say goodbye to her (Leslie has sailed with the FERREL for 8 years!), and we will very much miss working her crew.

Participants of the Fall 2002 At Sea! Field Season:
4 cruises (At Sea! Legs 005-008)
47 high school students from 9 South Carolina high schools
13 high school teachers from those 9 schools
1 elementary teacher
18 undergraduate science majors from the College of Charleston
2 undergraduate science majors from colleges in Georgia (Emory and Savannah State)
6 graduate students from the Masters of Environmental Studies Program at the College of Charleston
1 NOAA Physical Scientist from NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations
1 NOAA educator from the SC Phytoplankton Monitoring Network (on each of 3 cruises)
2 media folks
2 guest observers
5 Oceanica staff (on each of 4 cruises)

The 9 high schools that participated in the Fall 2002 field season were West Ashley, Wando, Hannahan, Burke, North Charleston, Porter-Gaud, Ashley Hall, James Island, and James Island Christian School.

COASTeam Update
Project Inquiry, a National Science Foundation grant to Charleston and Berkeley County School Districts, sponsored the "Middle School Science Standards Institute: COASTeam" June 3-June 8, 2002. 26 teachers from the Charleston and Berkeley County School Districts participated in the course.

Educate Colleton Outdoors, a Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation grant awarded to the Department of Natural Resources, sponsored a "Middle School Marine Science" course June 18-June 26. The course was held at the Bennett's Point facility in the ACE Basin and 7 teachers from Colleton County participated.

Jennifer Jolly Clair attended the National Marine Educators' Association's annual conference in New London, CT July 19-July 26. She presented "The COASTeam Program: a model for teaching teachers interdisciplinary science" to a group of approximately 15 educators from across the country.

Jennifer Jolly Clair, Stephen Schabel, Katrina Bryan, Stacia Fletcher, Kevin Kurtz, and Carmelina Livingston are busy developing the curriculum for the grade-specific COASTeam Aquatic Workshops for Kindergarten-5th grade teachers. Each grade level focuses on a specific South Carolina region and integrates marine science concepts and exhibits at the SC Aquarium. The Kindergarten, First and Second Grade Aquatic Workshops will be held during the 2002-2003 school year; with the Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade Workshops planned for the 2003-2004 school year. The COASTeam Program is currently recruiting interested schools to participate in the pilot Aquatic Workshops.
To find out more about COASTeam visit
WHEW! You don’t realize how busy you are until you write it all down. It’s great! Oceanica is growing by leaps and bounds. Dewey has his hands full trying to keep the website updated with all our new projects and products. The website is constantly changing so make sure to visit often - . If you want more information on any of our projects don’t hesitate to contact us at . Thank you so much for your support and interest and be on the look-out for more Oceanica news in the near future.

Director: Leslie Sautter
Program Manager: Rachel McEvers
Educational Technology Specialist: Dewey Golub
COASTeam Program Manager: Jennifer Jolly Clair

Dept. of Geology
College of Charleston
Charleston, SC 29424