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Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations Lecture & Workshop – Nov 30 & Dec 3, 2011

Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI) website
Find C-DEBI on Facebook

Lecture by Dr. Jan Amend, University of Southern California, "Some Like it Hot…and Toxic"

Powerpoint presentation

Video of lecture by Jan Amend

Workshop Presentation by Dr. Katrina Edwards, University of Southern California, "Meet the Intra-terrestrials"

Powerpoint presentation

Video of the lecture by Katrina Edwards


"The Power and Promise of the Ocean" by Susan Andrews, USC College Magazine


"Evidence for Microbes in ocean basalts: Glass eating bacteria?" By Martin R. Fisk, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University

"Colonization of subsurface microbial observatories deployed in young ocean crust" By Beth N. Orcutt, Wolfgang Bach, Keir Becker, Andres T. Fisher, Michael Hentscher, Brandy M. Toner, C Geoffrey Wheat and Katrina J Edwards

"Is Life Thriving Deep Beneath the Seafloor? Recent discoveries hint at a potentially huge and diverse subsurface biosphere". By Carl Wirsen, Oceanographer Emeritus Biology Department Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

"Evolution in Action: a 50,000-Generation Salute to Charles Darwin" By Richard E. Lenski

Lesson Plans and Activities

Ocean Zone Activity

Shipboard Connections and Expedition information

Timeline Activity

Size and Scale Activity

Microbial Garden

Animo Highschool Students Lesson Plans and power points

Grade 9


Deep Sea Microbes 9th PPT.ppt

Grade 10

Grade 10_lesson plan_animo.pdf

Microbes 10th.ppt

Grade 11

Grade 11_lesson plan_Animo.pdf

Grade 11.ppt

QuikScience Project Summary

Animo Project Summary.pdf

QuikSCience Open PPT for all grades.ppt

Resources from workshop

Websites, articles, books, etc.

Three Domains of Life

Three domains of life.pdf

110 Misconceptions About the Ocean

Microbes: Life Beneath the Seafloor



Additional Resources

Adopt a Microbe

Redox Tower

Microbe Environments

Community Science, Nov 16, 2011

Definitions of Community Science

Lecture by Dr. Kristy Morris, Council for Watershed Health, "The Importance of Community Involvement in Watershed Monitoring"



Lecture by Edward Murphy, Heal the Bay, "Citizen Science: Connecting People to Place"



Glossary of terms

Community/citizen science links

Powerpoint to introduce Flurometer Project (PDF)

Community Science opportunities and resources

Shorebird sister schools program

Volunteer Estuary Monitoring

Aquatic invasive species monitoring in CA

Tracing Invisible Patterns: Water Quality and Harmful Algal Blooms - November 5, 2011

Dr. Anita Leinweber, UCLA, "Carbon and nutrient cycles in Santa Monica Bay, CA"



Link to video on Vimeo

Dr. Rebecca Shipe, UCLA, "Harmful algal bloom ecology and connections to biogeochemistry"



Link to video on Vimeo

Background – Watersheds and Estuaries

Dr. Rachel Kennison, UCLA, "Watersheds and Estuaries"

Dr. Rachel Kennison, UCLA "Southern California watersheds and estuaries: The link between land and sea"

Maps of Los Angeles County watersheds

Maps of the southern California coastline

Lesson Plans and Activities

Density Dynamics Activity

Watershed Activity

Groundwater Pollution Activity

Ocean Currents Activity

Ocean Observation Puzzles

Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Guiding Questions

SST Chlorophyll a Images

Upwelling Activity

Water Quality Datasheet

Resources from workshop

Websites, articles, books, etc.



Phytoplankton Guides:

Phytoplankton ID

Plankton Guide 1

Plankton Guide 2

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory/COSEE-West Climate Day October 13, 2011

Climate Day features a variety of presentations by scientists and many activities for students. Here are two web sites teachers can use to help prepare students before Climate Day and to review what they have learned after the event:

This NSF-sponsored site provides a clear and well-organized introduction to the basic concepts of climate science, with examples and many illustrations http://www.cleanet.org/cln/climateliteracy.html

NASA's "Tips and Tricks for Teachers" provides links to several interactive web sites about climate science, all based on current research http://climate.nasa.gov/education/TipsandTricks/

Climate Day - Hands on activities (1280x720).mov

Suggested questions for class discussion:

How do scientists study climate change?

Why is the ocean an important influence on climate?

In what regions of the earth are the most rapid changes being observed?

What is the role of carbon dioxide in climate change?

How is climate related to the water cycle?

Ocean Observing System Summer Teacher Institute – Aug 1-5, 2011

This week-long workshop was created with the help of COSEE-Coastal Trends. This year was our fourth year hosting this workshop and our second year of our teacher exchange program that brought five participating teachers from Colorado. This workshop is designed to introduce middle and high school teachers to near real time data: where to find it, what it means, how to use it, and how it can be adapted for use in the classroom to teach about the scientific process, specifically analytical skills.

Here is the advertising flyer for this workshop.
The learning objectives for this week are here.
Lesson Plan Template

Tips on using data in your classroom

Tips for using real time data, COSEE-MA

Using Real Time Data Resource Guide

Guiding questions for studying graphs

Visual Representation of Data

Doing Data Analysis with students

Data and Graphing Lesson

Data for the above lesson

Mon, Aug 1 at University of Southern California, Los Angeles


Lecture "Visualizing Data" by Gwen Noda, COSEE-West

Lecture "Ocean Observing System Systems" by Dr. Burt Jones, USC

Activity: Globe Toss

Activity: Ocean Observing Systems Puzzle

Activity: Exploring Ocean Observing Systems

Tues, Aug 2 at Ocean Institute, Dana Point


Weather & Water 5th grade Program using SCCOOS

Activity: Temperature Range Investigation

Activity: Building Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs)

Activity: Vertical Water Column Description

Wed, Aug 3 at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, San Pedro


Lecture "Oceanic Studies via the Ship of Opportunity Program" by Carrie Wolfe, NOAA & SCMI

video Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 (MOV)

powerpoint (PPT)

suggested websites (DOC)

NOAA website resources (PDF)

Lecture "Evolution of Technology is the World of Water Monitoring" by Adam Willingham, SCMI

video Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 (MOV)

powerpoint (PPT)

Activity: Where are the Critters? & Scavenger Hunt

Activity: Surface Circulation

Southern California Bight

background information about the So Cal Bight

bathymetric map

surface current map

East Coast USA

bathymetric map 1

bathymetric map 2

sea surface temperature

Activity: Drifters & Datasheet

Water quality sampling datasheet

HOBO pendant datalogger specs

Thurs, Aug 4 at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena


Lecture "How satellites have revolutionized our understanding of the Earth: From Benjamin Franklin to Aquarius" by Jorge Vasquez, NASA JPL

video Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 (MOV)

powerpoint (PPT or PDF)

NASA's Eyes on the Earth 3D interactive website

Tour of Eyes on the Earth 3D website

NASA's Global Climate Change Website: Tips & Tricks for Teachers

Fri, Aug 5 at University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles


Lecture "Carbon- and nutrient cycle in Santa Monica Bay, CA" by Anita Leinweber, UCLA

video Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 (MOV)

powerpoint (PPT or PDF)

Lecture "Harmful Algal Bloom Ecology and connections to Biogeochemistry" by Rebecca Shipe, UCLA

video Part 1, Part 2 (MOV)

powerpoint (PPT or PDF)


Temperature Density Salinity Conversion Chart

Websites from 1 minute presentations

Other resources

Ocean's Music: Climate's Dance, poster & activities from JPL

Voyage on the High Seas board game, Jason-1 oceanic adventure

Background information on Jason-1

OOS Overview

Instruments and what they measure

Ocean Observing Systems Primer, BRIDGE

OOS Workshop Resources 2011

Real Time Data Resources from Ocean Observing Systems

Ocean Gazing podcast, episode 1


NASA JPL Photojournal: images of Earth

Construct a satellite activity

Aquarius, sea surface salinity

Buoys and Drifters

Ready, Set, Drift! Activity, NOAA

NDBC Santa Monica Buoy Lesson

Investigating Ocean Currents: Plotting Buoy Data

Field Studies & Weather Observations

Field studies overview/rationale

Ocean Globe Brochure

Water Quality Parameters Information Sheet

Water Quality Parameter Description

Water Quality Observation Guide

Dissolved Oxygen Chart

Introducing Salinity

The Process of Science, Nature of Science, Bogus websites

The process of science: interactive, UC Berkeley

The process of science: static/printable, UC Berkeley

How Science Works, UC Berkeley

The Nature of Science, UC Berkeley

A guide to critique a website/resource

Beware of "imposter" science/websites

Judging the Quality of Science

Graphing with Excel Tutorials

Mac Excel 2004 quick reference

Mac Excel 2008 quick reference

PC Excel 2010 quick reference

How to make a line graph Excel 2003 or 2004

Data for the above exercise

How to make a line graph Excel 2007

Data for the above exercise

Participants are working on their lesson plans that were inspired by this workshop. They will be posted here when they are completed.

Tiny but toxic! Harmful algal blooms: science, technology and you! Online Workshop - Mar 21 - Apr 8, 2011

Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) & Ocean Observing System (OOS) Website Resources

Week 1

HAB Misconceptions

HABs vocabulary

Harmful Algal Bloom Lesson written by Beth Jewell and Cary Lopez

Brochure on harmful algae in the Great Lakes published by Ohio Sea Grant

Reference information about HABs in the US, including a very useful table on page 10, 2008

Week 2

Sea surface temp and chlorophyll a for 8 consecutive days in March 2002 and guiding questions

World phytoplankton distribution from NASA SEAWIFS showing the concentrations in coastal areas and at mid and high latitudes.

Useful overview of ocean observing equipment that is in a format easy to use with students.

A lesson plan to introduce students to the basics of ocean observing systems.

A bulletin from NOAA about a bloom in the Gulf of Mexico. It includes a colorful satellite image color-coded for chlorophyll.

Information page about HABs

Here are some fact sheets generated by the credit participants about different pieces of technology used to study HABs. They can be used to introduce students to some of the equipment and methods scientists have available to investigate their research questions.

SlocumGliderCOSEE HABs workshop.pdf

Remote sensing satellites.pdf

Water Monitoring Buoys.pdf

Satellites & HABs.pdf

The EcoMapper.pdf

Week 3

Scholarly article on marine birds and HABs with the intriguing suggestion that the birds may be able to learn to avoid consuming toxic algae. Shumway, S.E., Allen, S.M., Boersma, P.D. 2003. Marine Birds and harmful algal blooms: sporadic victims or under-reported events? Harmful Algae 2:1-17.

Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations Lecture & Workshop - Mar 23 & 26, 2011

Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI) website
Find C-DEBI on Facebook

Lecture by Dr. Jason Sylvan, University of Southern California, "Intra-Terrestrials: Scientific Discovery in the Subseafloor"

"It's cold in the cold room!" blog by Dr. Jason Sylvan

Workshop Presentation by Dr. Anand Patel, University of Southern California, " Bacteria and Viruses Under the Deep Seafloor; Who Are They and How Do They Make a Living?"


"The Power and Promise of the Ocean" by Susan Andrews, USC College Magazine

How to access Scientific Ocean Drilling Data and Publications (PDF)

Microbes: Life beneath the seafloor (PDF)

You can see the entire Summer 2005 issue of NESTA's 'The Earth Scientist' here (PDF)

DNA structure & genes to proteins (PDF)

FISH background (PDF)

Lesson Plans and Activities

Book bits (PDF)

X Marks the Spot (PDF)

Exploring Cores (PDF)

Details about the cores (PDF)

Core Section Curation (PDF)

Historical Places to Plot (PDF)

Mid-Atlantic Ridge Microbiology Expedition (PDF)

World Map (doc)

A Bit of Engineering (PDF)

Adaptation of A Bit of Engineering (PDF)

FLOCS samplers (PDF)

Microfishing (PDF)

Which Microbe are You?

Tagging a Microbe (PDF)

Microbial Loop


Websites, articles, books, etc.



Relative sizes of Microbes

Adopt a Microbe

Exploring Water Issues Workshop – Feb 26, 2011

Lecture by Dr. John Dorsey, Loyola Marymount University, "Curbing Urban Runoff" (MOV)

Concurrent sessions of the workshop:

Abalone Restoration (aquaculture)

Glossary (PDF)

Abalone images

Culture of Abalone (PDF) from "California's Living Marine Resources: A Status Report" which can be found online in its entirety here.

Green Abalone

Highlights about species (PDF)

Detailed info about species (PDF)

California Abalone Aquaculture, UC Davis (PDF)


Presentation by Darryl Ramos-Young, Education Coordinator for West Basin Municipal Water District (MOV)

Selected Glossary (PDF)

Ocean-Water Desalinization (PDF)

Native Plant Nursery

Adapted from Longcore, T. (ed.). 2005. Beach Bluffs Restoration Project Master Plan. Beach Bluffs Restoration Project Steering Committee, Redondo Beach, California. (PDF) which can be found online in its entirety here.

Algalita Plastics and Plankton Analysis

Glossary (PDF)

Glossary for plastics in the environment (PDF)

Studying Plastic Debris

Protocol for sorting water samples for plastic (DOC)

Plankton/plastic sorting data sheet (XLS)

Color data sheet (XLS)

Contact information for our workshop partners

WaterWorks: A Newsletter for Teachers, Jan 2011, from West Basin

Harmful Algal Bloom Lectures - Feb 16, 2011

Lecture by Adriane Jones "Ecology of a Harmful Algal Bloom in a Fresh Water Ecosystem" (MOV) (PDF)

Lecture by Erica Seubert "Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning in California" (MOV) Slides (PDF)

Glossary of terms related to their lectures (PDF)


The Caron Lab Research

Phytoplankton, Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and Biotoxins

Lesson Plans and Activities

What Microbe Are YOU? from C-MORE

Fun quiz for K-5 and 6th&up. Both are available as online interactive & printable flipbook (english and spanish).

Microbe relationship tree of the microbes in the quiz (PDF)

Getting to Know Phytopia (CD)

An introduction (PDF)

Phyto Factors, introductory movie:

worksheet (PDF)

answer key (PDF)

Bloom Tool, Phytopia: Discovery of the Marine Ecosystem:

worksheet (PDF)

answer key (PDF)

How to get a copy of the Phytopia CD


Websites, articles, books, etc. (PDF)

Misconceptions: Red Tides vs. Harmful Algal Blooms (PDF)

Glossary (PDF)

HABs related CA Science Education Standards & Ocean Literacy (PDF)

Clearing the Air about the Ocean and Climate Workshop - Jan 29, 2011

Lecture by Dr. Joshua Willis, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (MOV)

For Background and Resources related to this topic, please see "Global Warming Guaranteed: What the oceans tell us about climate change - Jan 26, 2011"

Lesson Plans and Activities

Globe Toss

Climate System

Background: Climate Models

Make your own jigsaw puzzle from this image: Left half, Right half

Land ice vs. Sea ice

Thermal Expansion

Notes on heat and water


Greenhouse Effect

Background: What Factors Impact a Greenhouse?


Data collected during workshop

Albedo & Reflectivity


Data collected during workshop

Image observation & Discussion: Sea Surface Temperature & heat transport

Ocean Currents & Sea Surface Temperature Activity

World Ocean Map

Ocean Surface Currents Map

Sea Surface Temperature Image: East Coast USA, West Coast USA

Global Sea Surface Temperature Image

El Nino & La Nina

Rose Colored Glasses Activity

Satellite images

Heat Capacity



Data collected during workshop

NASA Eyes on the Earth 3D

Global Warming Guaranteed: What the oceans tell us about climate change - Jan 26, 2011

Lecture by Dr. Joshua Willis, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (MOV)


Ocean and Climate, NASA

La Nina and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation Cool the Pacific, 2008

Lesson Plans and Activities

Fireproof balloon (with video)

Sea Ice, Glaciers, and Sea Level Rise lesson

Temperature Changes: Atmosphere & Ocean, from Ocean Globe


Websites, articles, books, etc. (PDF)


"Children's misconceptions about weather: A review of the literature", by Laura Henriques, CSULB. Entire article can be found here:

Common Misconceptions about Climate and Climate Change, CIRES Education & Outreach

Glossary (PDF)

Related CA State Science Standards and Ocean Literacy and Climate Literacy Principles (PDF)


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