OSM 2014

Ocean Sciences Meeting
February 23 – 28, 2014
Honolulu, HI

Exhibition Hall Booth
The COSEE Network will host and staff a booth (#E31) in the exhibit hall to distribute information about COSEE.

COSEE-Related Activities


Professional Development Workshop for Early Career Scientists
Location: 318AB
8:00 –17:00

2YC Oceanography Teaching Resources and Practices
Location: 316C
9:00 –16:30


132 Undergraduate Ocean Science Education In the 21st Century: An Exploration of Successful Practices
Location: 304 AB
8:00 – 12:30

Lunch Program: Gears: Deconstruct - Deconstructing your Research and Share Your Pathway to Science
Location: 318AB
12:30 –13:45

097 Breaking Boundaries: The Role of Science Communication and Outreach in Promoting Healthy Oceans1
Location: 318B
14:00 – 16:00

Posters: Kamehameha Hall Iii

  • 105 Real-Time Data, Technology, and Engineering For Ocean Science Education And Outreach
  • 132 Undergraduate Ocean Science Education in the 21st Century: An Exploration of Successful Practices


096 Ocean and Climate Change Science: Engaging Scientists in Educating the Public
Location: 318 AB
08:00 – 10:00

Lunch Program: GEARS: Deconstructing – Telling Stories About Your Science
Location: 318AB
12:30 –13:45

Posters: Kamehameha Hall Iii

  • 096 Ocean and Climate Change Science: Engaging Scientists in Educating the Public
  • 097 Breaking Boundaries: The Role of Science Communication and Outreach in Promoting Healthy Oceans

16:00 Oceans 180 winner announced at the COSEE booth


066 Collaborations and Partnerships in Ocean Research and Education
Location: 318 AB
8:00 – 12:30

Lunch Program: GEARS: Learn – What’s the Relationship Between Understanding the Science of Climate Change and Making Conservation-Based Decisions?
Location: 319AB
12:30 –13:45

Lunch Program: Positive Factors that Impact Success in STEM
Location: 313C
12:45 – 13:45

016 Using Evaluation in Ocean Sciences Education and Workforce Development: What Does the Evidence Show?
Location: 318 AB
14:00 – 16:00

Posters: Kamehameha Hall Iii

  • 016 Using Evaluation in Ocean Sciences Education and Workforce Development: What Does the Evidence Show?
  • 066 Collaborations and Partnerships in Ocean Research and Education


Lunch Program: GEARS: Build and Broaden – The Broader Impact Wizard: Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Write Criterion II
Location: 318AB
12:30 –13:45

Town Hall: The Future of Ocean Science Education (Hosted by COSEE)
Location: Convention Center
18:30 –20:30

Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Marine Resource Management: A Hawaiian Islands Science Café
Location: 313A
18:30 – 20-:30

1This is not a COSEE-sponsored session, however there will be several COSEE member presentations.


Session 002: Understanding Coupled Human-Natural Systems: Multi-disciplinary Approaches for Addressing Sustainability of the Marine Environment

Conveners: Geoffrey S. Cook (University of Miami), Bob Houtman (NSF), Christopher R. Kelble (NOAA), John N. Kittinger (Stanford University), Jay Pearlman (University of Colorado, Lida Teneva (Stanford University), Hans von Storch (Institute for Coastal Research, Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht)

Abstract: Human activities are impacting the sustainability and resilience of the marine environment. However, much uncertainty exists regarding how social-ecological systems will respond to a diverse and dynamic set of threats such as climate change, sea level rise and ocean acidification and how in turn these responses may impact ecosystem services. To understand the evolution and feedbacks among myriad pressures, balancing human health and wellbeing with ecosystem health will require the creation and application of multi-disciplinary teams, effective cross-discipline tools in the context of research coordination networks. In this session we explore the interface of human dimensions science and oceanography. We solicit presentations on emerging tools for understanding social-ecological linkages and discussions on the feedbacks and trade-offs inherent in complex marine systems. Drawing on examples from the coastal marine environment in locations as diverse as the Baltic Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and tropical islands, we want to discuss recent developments and future scenarios for moving the marine environment closer to sustainability. We encourage submissions from those developing and applying multi-disciplinary theory, ecosystem-based methods, or working towards creating the infrastructure and research networks critical to the successful understanding of the marine environment. As our session lies at the interface of several disciplines we invite presentations from researchers interested in broadly engaging those in the marine and social science communities. Through this session we will provide a forum for presentations and discussion of novel collaborations among researchers studying social-ecological systems.

Keywords: Ecosystem-based Management, Ecosystem Services, Sustainability, Ocean Policy, Multi-disciplinary, Research Coordination Networks, Social-Ecological Systems, Gulf of Mexico, Baltic, coral

Session 016: Using Evaluation in Ocean Sciences Education and Workforce Development: What Does the Evidence Show?

Conveners: Elizabeth L. Rom, NSF; Patricia Kwon, ViewPoint Consulting; Andrea Anderson, SoundView Evaluation; Allison Miller, Ocean Leadership, Inc.

Abstract: This session explores the evidence basis for identifying innovative, effective, and potentially scalable ocean education and workforce development programs and strategies. The session will include analyses of current trends in ocean science education, including enrollment and graduation rate trends, the retention of women and minorities in the field, and the transition of students to ocean science careers. It will also include presentations that showcase the results of rigorous evaluation efforts associated with smaller, innovative projects, as well as evaluation results from larger collaborative programs (e.g., COSEE) that have been designed to improve education and outreach through the use of new teaching methods and novel collaborations. We would like to explore evidence-based models in order to assess the potential for replication or scaling-up and encourage the adoption of successful programs and evaluations. These presentations and subsequent discussions will inform new philosophies and approaches to attracting and retaining students in the field of ocean sciences.

Session 045: Sea-ing connections: Ocean science as a catalyst to inspire the next wave of young (preK-16) scientists and keep students engaged within and outside the classroom

Conveners: Michele Guannel (UH C-MORE), Franklin A. Newton (UD CEOE), Kanesa Duncan Seraphin (UH CRDG, UH Sea Grant, COSEE IE), Rob Condon (DISL), Lauren Kaupp (UH CRDG), Judy Lemus (UH HIMB, COSEE IE), George Matsumoto (MBARI), John Mitchell (Maui Digital Bus, COSEE IE), Joanna Phillppoff (UH CRDG), and Dana Veron (UD CEOE)

Abstract: Children are intrinsically curious about the natural world; their enthusiasm for science often develops early in their lives. Unfortunately, this early scientific interest frequently wanes due to lack of connection, encouragement, or support within a young person’s community, thus leading few to pursue marine science careers. In order to increase recruitment of diverse populations into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields, it is critical to align the interests of children with the cultural values and needs of their communities. The interdisciplinary nature of ocean science provides an ideal context for learning and teaching a wide range of content to capture imaginations at the preK-16 level-- including physics, chemistry, biology, geology, computer science, and mathematics. Although scientific content and process have been outlined by multiple state- and national-level science standard guidelines, educators must make decisions on how best to teach and engage their students. Engagement in the ocean sciences can be increased by 1) aligning content with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Ocean Literacy: The Essential Principles of Ocean Sciences (OLPs), and other standards; 2) incorporating students’ and communities’ cultural identities and needs; and 3) providing hands-on experience, from inquiry-based activities for young children to research experiences for undergraduates. In this session, we invite presentations from formal and informal educators and researchers. Presentations are encouraged to describe grass-roots programs developed to nurture enthusiasm for marine sciences; efforts that integrate cultural values and traditional knowledge with Western-based science; programs or products that utilize an ocean science context to teach concepts with standards-based curricula; and (as part of a special poster session) preK-16 student projects.

Keywords: education; K-16 education; outreach; STEM fields; NGSS; educator; standards; principles; teacher; teaches; taught; COSEE; traditional knowledge; underrepresented communities

Session 066: Collaborations and Partnerships in Ocean Research and Education

Conveners: Barbara Bruno (chair), Heather Reader (co-chair), Rachel Luther (co-chair), Judy Lemus (co-chair), Florence Thomas (co-chair), Vanessa Green (co-chair)

Abstract: This session explores effective collaborative strategies and partnerships to advance ocean research and education by bringing together various stakeholders, including ocean scientists, educators, traditional practitioners, youth, environmental activists and other community members. The population of the Earth is now over 7 billion, and a large percentage live near the coast. This presents unprecedented challenges including (but not limited to) climate change, ocean acidification, coastal erosion, ecosystem health, food security, sustainability, and threats to human health. How are we going to tackle these 21st century challenges to coastal and marine environments and communities? Where do youth gain the knowledge and experience they need to gain respect and find value in the marine environment in order to act for conservation and better resource management? What role can traditional and local knowledge play in tackling education and other socio-ecological challenges in coastal and oceanic ecosystems and communities?
Solving these challenges requires collaboration and partnerships, but how do we build them? We invite presentations that describe collaborative research and/or education projects, especially those that: (1) study the current status of the interaction of ocean scientists and science educators, and make recommendations for establishing and/or maintaining partnerships; (2) integrate traditional knowledge and western science; or (3) involve citizen science, service learning, youth activism and/or civic engagement. This session is not limited to a particular content area; submissions from any area of ocean science education or research are welcome. Both US and international perspectives are welcomed.

Session 132: Undergraduate ocean science education in the 21st century: an exploration of successful practices

Conveners: Jan Hodder and Jude Apple, COSEE Pacific Partnerships

Abstract: Undergraduate introductory-level oceanography courses are taught to a variety of student audiences, including non-majors, majors, and pre-service teachers at two and four-year institutions. The goal of this session is to present programs, examples, and evaluation metrics that highlight the diversity of effective ways to engage undergraduates in learning about the ocean in these formal settings. We are particularly interested in presentations that 1) showcase models of online scholarship in courses ranging from smaller-scale “hybrid” or “blended” courses to massive open online courses (MOOCs), in which thousands of students may be enrolled; 2) provide tools and strategies for engaging students in authentic scientific inquiry, utilization of web-based ocean and atmospheric data sources, and quantitative metrics of success and knowledge transfer; and 3) examples of partnerships that promote undergraduate recruitment and retention into the ocean science workforce and encourage student transfer between two and four-year institutions. We also welcome and encourage presentations that focus on other models of transformative ocean science learning for undergraduate students.

Session 152: Salt Marshes: Research and Education

Conveners: Bob Chen and Hayley Schiebel, COSEE OCEAN

Abstract: Salt marshes are among the most productive ecosystems on Earth and offer a variety of valuable ecosystem services including water quality, flood control, recreation, aesthetic value, biodiversity, and fish nursery habitat. While they cover less than 1% of the Earth's surface, salt marshes play a disproportionately significant role in the biogeochemical cycling of carbon, nitrogen, and many contaminants. Altered and exploited by humans for hundreds of years, salt marshes have long been thought to be dynamic and resilient, able to thrive despite threats from human and natural disturbances. Under natural conditions, salt marshes migrate landward as the sea rises, but in many coastal regions, such transgression is constrained by human development and infrastructure. Salt marshes have been lost at a 1-2% annual loss rate, and now face continuing threats from land use change, climate change, and sea level rise. This session welcomes papers on any aspect of research or education of salt marshes in an attempt to bring together interdisciplinary experts to increase the appreciation of these threatened ecosystems.

Session 105: Real-Time Data, Technology, and Engineering for Ocean Science Education and Outreach

Conveners: Melvin Goodwin , Laing Middle School of Science and Technology; Janice McDonnell , Rutgers University; Jim Yoder, Woods Hole Oceanographic; Carolyn Scheurle, Laboratoire d Oceanographie de Villefranche; Hervé Claustre , Laboratoire d Oceanographie de Villefranche ; Robin Sheek, Charleston Schools
A variety of ocean observing systems are being designed and deployed to support ocean science research, education, and operational applications. Real-time data streams are now available from systems such as autonomous gliders and profiling floats, and these data sets provide great opportunities to engage a wide range of informal and formal audiences with the excitement of exploring the coastal ocean to the deep ocean seafloor. Moreover, because such systems depend heavily upon the products of technology and engineering, there also is an opportunity to provide ocean science students with an understanding of the basic engineering principles upon which such devices and processes are based. In many education systems, there is increasing emphasis upon engineering practices as an integrated component of 21st century science education (e.g., the Next Generation Science Standards designed for the U.S. K-12 education system). This session seeks papers that illustrate: 1) replicable hands-on activities that provide students with exposure to engineering principles that underlie technologies commonly used by ocean scientists; 2) evidence-based education projects that demonstrate how ocean observation data are being used to support public literacy about the ocean and/or inform decision-makers; 3) how real-time data are being used to promote ocean science learning through undergraduate teaching; and/or 4) novel approaches to education and outreach, including the role of data visualization. Presentations should provide sufficient information to permit implementation of activities and approaches by other interested educators.

More COSEE Events

In addition, four COSEE Centers will collaborate to present the GEARS all-day workshop for graduate students. () Plus lunchtime workshops, a mentorship program, the COSEE booth, Nerd Nite, a teacher expo, The Doctor Is In booth for outreach advice, and a Home Video Festival.

For more general information on the Ocean Sciences Meeting, visit here.