Weird Mollusks Science Café

“What a great concept. The only thing better than talking about sea shells, is talking about sea shells over great beer and great food,” recounted T.J. Cullinane when asked about his experience at Northeastern’s Marine Science Center’s latest Science Café. The event, an informal night of science, occurred on Monday, November 5th at Gulu-Gulu in Salem. Following Halloween, the theme featured the weird science of mollusks—a group of invertebrates including … Continue reading Weird Mollusks Science Café

Beach Sisters

Beach Sisters is a collaborative program between Northeastern’s Marine Science Center & Girls Inc of Lynn. You can learn more about the program from this link:  https://cos.northeastern.edu/marinescience/outreach/beach-sisters-program/ The Beach Sister Peer Leaders had a busy year sharing their passion for our marine environment. In addition to teaching weekly marine science lessons to elementary and middle school girls at Girls Inc., they were actively involved in … Continue reading Beach Sisters

School to Sea AND Sea to School for Lynn Students

One of my favorite parts of teaching with the MSC Outreach Program is seeing all the excited faces when I tell students that they get to meet the tidepool animals. It doesn’t matter how much the students knew about the ocean already, they were ready to learn even more. In the past six months, over 1000 Lynn students were able to see the tidepool critters … Continue reading School to Sea AND Sea to School for Lynn Students

Sustainable Choices for Healthy Oceans

Health of the oceans If the Oceans were to go to the doctors for a physical, they would be told that they are overheated, acidifying, and full of trash; but this isn’t a new diagnosis. On a global scale, the ocean surface (upper ~250 ft) has warmed by about 0.2 degrees fahrenheit every 10 years from 1971-2010 (IPCC ). Since the early 1800s, the oceans … Continue reading Sustainable Choices for Healthy Oceans

Dispatch from the field – OGL expedition to Cozumel, Part 4

For their fourth and final dive day in Cozumel, Mexico, OGL divers took a fast boat and headed to Cozumel’s wild north coast. There they encountered not only the strong swells and high currents that the north coast is famous for, but also a completely different fauna and reef structure than is typically seen by recreational divers in the more placid waters to the south. … Continue reading Dispatch from the field – OGL expedition to Cozumel, Part 4

Dispatch from the field – OGL expedition to Cozumel, Part 3

On the third day of the Cozumel Expedition, OGL divers explored two new dive sites on deep walls. Moderate currents gently guided the divers past vast expanses of coral and sponge.  Highlights from the dive included green moray eels (Gymnothorax funebris), a massive Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus)with alarge school of bluestiped grunt (Haemulon sciurus) in tow, Christmas tree worms, (Spirobranchus giganteus) and bearded fireworms, (Hermodice … Continue reading Dispatch from the field – OGL expedition to Cozumel, Part 3

Dispatch from the field – OGL expedition to Cozumel, Part 2

On the second day of OGL’s scouting trip in Mexico, divers explored the breathtaking biodiversity at two locations along Cozumel’s coral reef. Surveys of fish and coral abundance at both sites revealed a variety of corals unparalleled elsewhere in the region. The first dive was on Palencar Reef and took divers through a network of cave-like structures. These revealed four species of black corals and … Continue reading Dispatch from the field – OGL expedition to Cozumel, Part 2