NMEA 2009: One World Conserving One Ocean
June 29 – July 3, 2009
Pacific Grove, CA
|NMEA 2009 was held at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific|
Grove, CA, the site of the first NMEA conference in 1976
The 2009 NMEA conference brought attendees back to the site of the first
NMEA conference in 1976, Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, CA. The setting was beautiful, allowing participants to get a feel for California wildlife, whether it be on the conference center grounds or across the street at the beach.
The COSEE community was well represented and more than 20 presentations were made by our COSEE colleagues during the conference. Many Centers shared classroom ideas, evaluation results and general information with conference participants. We even got a preview of songs off the soon to be released album by the Banana Slug String Band, funded in part by COSEE Centers. They sang their tunes at the annual NMEA Auction.
The COSEE Council had a chance to meet at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute on Thursday afternoon. Agenda items included Central Coordinating Office priorities and activities, evaluation results from the Network meeting, planning for upcoming meetings, preliminary results from the National Evaluation team and updates from committees and working groups.
The conference ended at the Monterey Bay Aquarium where attendees were given private access to the aquarium that evening. The NMEA conference is always a good time to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.
|Craig Strang of COSEE-CA talks to participants about their new
|Janice McDonnell and Chris Parsons of COSEE-NOW gave a presentation
about a 5-year study done regarding scientists' role in COSEE
|Rosanne Fortner (COSEE-GL) and Sharon Walker (COSEE-CGOM) outside the Monterey Bay Aquarium|
Contributed by Andrea Kecskes