Herring Gut Learning Center continues to find ways to engage our students in remote learning.
As we create lessons and find valuable virtual learning resources, we will be sharing these resources with our community through weekly posts. These resources will be focused on environmental science and marine science related topics; we are striving to find a mix of content that engages students through screens and also encourages spending time outside in nature.
AMBER BOUTIETTE & PATRICK BREEDING – MARIN SKINCARE
Amber Boutiette & Patrick Breeding
ROY DESROCHER – SENSORY ANALYST
Roy Desrocher, Sensory Practice Leader
University of Vermont Extension
LANIE ESCH & PETER FLOOD – NON NATIVE MARINE FISH
Peter Flood – I grew up in Maryland among the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay and have always loved the water. I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Tampa before attending Florida International University for my doctoral studies where I research the impacts on non-native fishes on the Everglades food web.
Lanie Esch & Peter Flood
PhD Candidates at FIU
OWEN O’SHEA – RESEARCH SCIENTIST
Over the past seven years, Owen has lived and worked in Eleuthera, and has exposed over 2,000 students, educators and academics to marine research, outreach and education across several islands in the central Bahamas. He identified a deficit in local outreach and education efforts as they pertained to the natural world, and so took the rather bold step to leave an established research career, and by using his life’s savings and cashing in his pension, he established The Centre for Ocean Research and Education.
As of Summer 2020, CORE has provided environmental education and conservation research initiatives to over 400 Bahamian students from 8 to 18 years of age and regularly hosts science workshops and community outreach events at zero cost to the community.
DR. NATHAN J. ROBINSON – MARINE BIOLOGIST & SCIENCE COMMUNICATOR
Dr. Nathan J. Robinson is an accomplished marine biologist with considerable experience in conducting ‘viral’ outreach campaigns for ocean conservation. In 2015, he was filmed removing a plastic straw from a sea turtle’s nose and this video has now been viewed over 100 million times on YouTube. Moreover, the success of this video is often acknowledged as a crystallization moment for many anti-plastic campaigns and has instigated global behavioral change. In 2019, he also recorded the first footage of the giant squid – otherwise known as the fabled ‘kraken’ – in US waters. This story made headlines in over 400 international news sources including the front-page of The New York Times.
In Nathan’s research, he uses novel technologies to gain new insights into several charismatic marine species. The footage he creates is then used to both advance scientific knowledge as well engage new audiences in marine issues. Nathan is currently focusing on two main projects. Firstly, he has developed a method to temporarily deploy diving cameras onto the shells of sea turtles. Secondly, he is developing a series of deep-sea cameras specifically designed to study animals that live at depths far below the reach of the sun.
Nancy Grace Horton creates Cyanotypes!
Nancy Grace Horton is a photo-based artist who embraces both analog and digital techniques to create bold narrative fragments informed by her background in photojournalism. Her series Ms. Behavior, Mad Women, Mr.Mrs., and Being 13 utilize gender roles as inspiration to provoke thought and stimulate discussion. Humorous, ironic, biting—her images distill the angst of both feminism and the Playboy era.
Nancy Grace Horton
Careers in Aquaculture
In this episode, we revisit the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center. The center provides hand-on experience for students in aquaculture and aquaponics. The center is more than just a place of learning; it grows ornamental fish, food fish, shellfish, and limu for the community and other aquaculture facilities.
University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center
Clare Olin discusses Cryptography!
My name is Clare Olin. I grew up in Canton, NY and attended Syracuse University once I graduated High School. While there, I studied Computer Engineering and now work at The MITRE Corporation as a Cyber Security Engineer. I currently work in Rome, NY and live nearby with my fiancé and cat, Mo. In my free time, I enjoy reading, exercising and watching scary movies.
Kate Hruby: Lab Tour and Buoyancy Lesson
I knew as a kid that I wanted to learn as much as I could about the world, so once I grew up I went about this in two ways: school and exploring! I have a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and a master’s degree in earth science (but really I studied glaciers and physics for a couple years). During my school years, I also got my Merchant Mariner Credential (which is kind of like a fancy drivers license for boats). Now, I sail around Washington State and British Columbia, searching for whales, monitoring water quality, checking out tiny ocean creatures called plankton, and using the sailboat as a classroom to spew glacier, geology, and oceanography funfacts.
B.S Geology, minor Oceanography – University of North Carolina at Wilmington
M.Sc. Earth and Ocean Sciences – University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Geoscientist in the Parks Geomorphologist/GIS Technician – Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook, Rutgers Cooperative Research Field Station
Geographer – U.S Geological Society at the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center