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Intertidal Ecology Workshop - December 1, 2012

Workshop presentation by Dr. Carlos Robles, California State University, Los Angeles
"Too good to be true? How mussels turn the 'best' habitat into the most dangerous for their own survival"

Lab and field instruction by Dr. Patti Halpin, University of California, Los Angeles


LiMPETS (Long-term monitoring program and experimental training for students)

Lesson Plans and Activities-Elementary and Middle school

Lesson Plans and Activities-High School

Field trips and field guides


Journal Articles

Ocean Acidification workshop, October 6, 2012

Workshop presentation by Dr. Anita Leinweber, UCLA
"Harmful algal blooms and ocean acidification in Santa Monica Bay, CA"

Presentation by Dr. Anita Leinweber, UCLA part 1 and 2

Report on OA conference by Linda Chilton


Lesson Plans and Activities

Ocean Acidification and Food Webs


Ocean Observing System Summer Teacher Institute – July 30 - Aug 3, 2012

This year was our fifth and final year hosting this workshop and our third 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.

Lesson Plan Template

General information on OOS

Daily Presentations and Activities

  • Monday, July 30, 2012, Wrigley Marine Institute, Catalina



    • Science Lecture, "History of fish tagging & using robots to follow tagged sharks", Dr. Chris Lowe
    • Chris Lowe lecture part 1 and 2
    • Spying on the fishes (powerpoint)


Activities, resources and links


Activities and resources

General Tips on using data in your classroom

How to graph

Activities and Lesson Plans

The Nature of Science, Bogus websites

Fisheries and management workshop, Upper Newport Bay Science Center – May 12, 2012

Workshop Presentations

Dr. Kevin Chu, Deputy Regional Administrator, Southwest Region, National Marine Fisheries Service, " Fish Tales: California Fisheries from Science to Management"

Presentation (PDF)

Video of lecture: part 1, part 2

Dr. Rachel Kennison, University California, Los Angeles, "What does an estuary mean to a fish?"

Presentation (PDF)

Video of lecture

Dr. Peter Bryant, Back Bay Science Center, Newport, CA

Presentation (PDF)

Video of lecture

General Background


What are the Environmental impacts on fishing?

Facts about fisheries

The relationship between human communities and fishing

Fisheries Management

A manual for understanding fisheries management

Background information on Essential Fish Habitat

NOAA's essential fish habitat and critical habitats

What fisherman need to know about Essential Fish Habitat

Understanding the complexities of management

A great summary of the scientific studies

Lesson Plans and Activities
Classroom resources

A great way to explain how hard it is to understand where young fish come from

Maps - global ocean productivity, Major fishing areas around the world

Great color guide of California Fish

Fish Facts from "Life on an Ocean Planet"

Fish wheel activity from COSIA, geared toward informal audience

A table of fish adaptations

Picture of a fish with labeled anatomy

Information on NOAA's Estuarine Living Marine Resources (ELMR) Data Base - Estuary resource

Fact sheet, fill in the blanks about the salmon life cycle

Middle School and High School

From the workshop

Dichotomoous Key Activity

Balance in the Bay, Questions

Other activities

How to quantify and understand biodiversity

Estuarine biodiversity

A math and statistics activity using fish

A critical thinking activity relating to commercial fisheries

A student workbook that includes the history of the sardine industry, great glossary, water chemistry and ocean currents

Role playing activity understanding commercial fisheries and where your fish come from

A role-playing activity based on the Marine Reserves process at the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

Squid Dissection

Multiple grades

From the workshop

Understanding fishing technology and the evolution of techniques

Wetland metaphor activity reviewing the different functions of an estuary

Gear Facts on flash cards

A game that underlines that there are limited resources in the ocean

Lesson Plans from NMEA

A fish observation activity

Understanding fish shapes

Resources from workshop

Tonya Kane's presentation on NOAA's State of the Coast website | PDF


Information on specific fish species

Chinook salmon


Steelhead trout

Striped Bass introduced to California

Striped Bass general ecology and biology

White Sea Bass restoration

Additional Resources

Fish Data and statistics

Graph of California sardine catches 2000-2010

Pie charts of global fish catches from 2005

LA landings 2010

California landings of 2010

Length vs. fecundity, stats and graphs

Seafood Watch facts and activities

Aquaculture information and guiding questions

Aquaculture flash cards

Fish fact flash cards

Marine Protected Areas lecture, Santa Monica Pier Aquarium - May 9, 2012

Lecture by Dr. Jennifer Caselle, Marine Science Institute, University of California Santa Barbara, "Marine Protected Areas: Where do the fish come from?"

Presentation (PDF)

Video of lecture: part 1, part 2


The goals of California's Marine Life Protection Act

What are Marine Protected Areas?

Common Misconceptions about the Marine Life Protection Act

What marine protected areas mean to you

Cool MPA facts

Dr. Caselle background article

Do MPA's really work?

What is essential fish habitat?

Lesson Plans and classroom resources

Marine Reserves – Where do you fit in?

Activity with maps of local MPAs on one side and boundaries listed on the back side. You can copy each map and then copy the boundaries for each map on the back of each map.

Catalina map

Catalina boundary

Orange County map

Orange County boundary

Santa Barbara map

Santa Barbara boundary

San Diego map

San Diego boundary

Santa Monica Bay map

Santa Monica Bay boundary

To fish or not to Fish

Addendum to the answer key

MPA simulation activity

Education of MPA monitoring sites

MPA functional classification system

Marine Biodiversity Activity for grades 9-12

Marine Reserves Activity

Are marine reserves deserved? This activity utilizes situation cards and a map to have students act out how marine reserves function


Situation cards


MPA mapping activity



Websites, videos, books, etc.

PISCO Science of Marine Reserves guide

Map and guide for all of Southcoast Marine Protected Areas

Tools for using MPA's to teach Ocean Literacy Principles


Networks of Marine Protected Areas: What are they and Why are they Needed?

Science Daily 2010 article on Marine Reserves and Conservation

Kelp Lecture & Workshop - March 7 and 10, 2012

Lecture by Dr. Matt Edwards, San Diego State University "Natural History and Conservation of Kelp Forests"

Presentation (PDF)

Video of lecture

Workshop presentation by Dr. Chuck Kopczak, Curator of Ecology at California Science Center "Kelp Forrest Variability-causes and solutions"

Video of lecture: part 1, part 2, part 3

Kelp workshop in-tank diving presentation

Video 1

Video 2

Video 3


Introduction to Kelp Forests

Kelp forest animals

Kelp zonation for intertidal and subtidal

Comparison between kelp forest and terrestrial forest

Diagram and explanation of kelp reproductive strategy

Link to Kelp forest background and research initiatives

Informational book on Kelp and associated organisms from SeaWorld





Before tidepooling, know your "Tidepool facts!"

Video on how to make an herbarium press

Algal ID guide from Ocean Globe

Field ID guides for brown and green algae and seagrass for southern Ca.

What is Eutrophication?

Information on brown algae

California Science Center Videos – used to prepare students for a trip or as a virtual fieldtrip to better understand the center and how it works

Link to Monterey Bay Aquarium kelp poster

Link to Monterey Bay Aquarium related activities

Project Oceanography activity comparing kelp forests to rain forests

Links to related information on rain forests

Link 1

Link 2

Lesson Plans and Activities- Lecture

Kelp forest class project

How nutrients and wave action affect kelp morphology

Lesson Plans and Activities - Workshop

Algal ID lab

Seaweed anyone? (Teacher's guide)

Seaweed anyone? (Student's guide)

Observing algae activity (worksheet)

Observing algae activity (Teacher's guide)

Kelp forest curriculum from Ocean Globe

Using the scientific method with high school students in the Science Center

Aquarium Observation Activity

Kelp holdfast lab

Images for kelp holdfast lab

JPL Hurricanes and El Niño Lecture & Workshop - Feb 15 and 18, 2012

Lecture by Dr. Michelle Gierach, Scientist, JPL - "What hit me? How hurricanes and storms affect marine life"

Presentation (PDF)

Workshop presentation by Dr. Michelle Gierach, Scientist, JPL - "The El Niño you DON'T know and why it matters to YOU"

Powerpoint presentation (PDF)

Video of presentation

Lecture on Hurricanes - for additional resources see previous Hurricane event, "Hurricanes and Severe Weather - March 2006"


How much energy does a hurricane release?

How hurricanes form

Outrageous weather myths

Image of how a hurricane is formed

A booklet from NOAA on hurricanes

Red Cross preparedness guide




Websites, articles, books, etc.

Hurricane diagram and link to animation

Multiple figures used to explain weather

Workshop on El Niño


See form workshop: Climate Change and Ocean Currents Workshop - January & February 2007

Presentation on Primary Production by Dr. Rachel Kennison

Lesson Plans and Activities

El Niño in a Bowl

Coriolis Activity



Websites, articles, animations

Link to animation of coriolis and global winds


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