Education Under Sail Forum: Emerging Issues in Ocean Science, Education and Literacy [Updated]

Updated 2.13.2013

Education Under Sail Forum: Emerging Issues in Ocean Science, Education and Literacy – Three Presentations

Linking Science and Policy to Teach Practical Ocean Stewardship 

Presenter: Dr. Amy Siuda (co-author Dr. John Jensen) (click here for presentation)

A new semester-long program at Sea Education Association (SEA,, SEA Semester: Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (MBC), breaks down barriers between science and policy and challenges students to tackle relevant global-scale environmental challenges. The successfully tested curriculum models an innovative three-stage approach to applied learning. During the initial discovery phase students build a conceptual framework that identifies gaps in scientific research and critical problems associated with ocean conservation. Students then develop and implement a scientific research plan. The final application phase allows students to synthesize their scientific results, develop comprehensive science-based policy recommendations, and share their findings with scientists and public stakeholders. While MBC specifically addresses conservation challenges on the high seas, such a curriculum that integrates scientific data collection with construction of public policy can be applied as a template for other locations.

Biography of Speaker:
Dr. Siuda is an Associate Professor of Oceanography and Chief Scientist at Sea Education Association (SEA,, a Woods Hole, Massachusetts-based institution that engages in education, research, and service for a sustainable global ocean. SEA offers undergraduate field programs in marine and environmental studies on campus and aboard two 134-foot steel brigantines, the SSV Corwith Cramer in the western north Atlantic/Caribbean and the SSV Robert C. Seamans in the eastern Pacific. Dr. Siuda was first introduced to Sargassum, her current research focus, as a SEA Semester® student and enjoys sharing its unique community of inhabitants with current students.

Ocean Sciences Education and the Next Generation Science Standards

Presenter: Paula Keener, Director, NOAA Ocean Exploration’s Education Program (click here for presentation)

Session Summary: Ocean exploration and research present a unique context through which to support the Framework and the soon-to-be published NGSS. The very topic in and of itself capture imaginations, intrigues young minds, has the potential to inspire an ocean science-literate citizenry and foster the innovative thinking that leads to engineering and technological literacy. This presentation will look at how NOAA is addressing this new generation of science literacy within its programs and with its partners.   

Paula Keener
Paula Keener

Paula Keener is Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s
(NOAA’s) Ocean Exploration’s Education Program. A marine biologist, she has conducted
extensive larval and adult fish research off the Southeastern coast of the U.S. and was a research team member in the Smithsonian Institution’s Western Atlantic Mangrove Program off Belize, Central America. She now works closely with scientists and educators to reach educators and the public through NOAA ocean exploration expeditions to enhance ocean sciences literacy. Keener served as a member of The President’s Panel on Ocean Exploration and as a member of the National Academies Committee on Exploration of the Seas.

She serves on the National Science Foundation’s National Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE) Advisory Council and works closely with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History’s Sant Ocean Hall. She is a member of the NOAA Education Council, the National Marine Educators Editorial Board and the Marine Technology Society  Scholarship Committee. She is a Past-President of the National Marine Educators Association and a founding member and Past-President of the South Carolina Marine Educators’ Association. She serves as a writer and editor for scientific papers and a variety of other publications. Keener has spent over 280 days at sea studying the ocean and its inhabitants.

Ocean Literacy Developments Around the World

Presenter: Peter Tuddenham, Director, College of Exploration and Chair of the International Committee of the NMEA (click here for presentation)

Session Description: The ocean and marine science and education communities in the USA worked together in 2004 to determine what every student should know to be ocean literate by the time they graduate. They created a definition, seven essential priciples and 44 fundamental concepts, and subsequently a scope and sequence in the form of suggested learning progression of more dteailed concepts. Over the past six years these ideas have encouraged other regions of the world and individual countires to adopt, adapt or create similar initiatives. This presentation will review the state of ocean literacy in the USA and around the world.

Biography of Speaker:

Peter Tuddenham
Peter Tuddenham

Peter Tuddenham is the Director of the College of Exploration and Chair of the International committee of the National Marine Educators Association. He has been facilitator and presenter on ocean literacy since 2002. He has recently returned from presenting a the first European Conference on Ocean Literacy in Bruges, Belgium and from the International Pacific Marine Educators Conference in Santiago, Chile.


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