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My perspective has been terrestrial—until now. As a staff member for Glacier Bay National Park, I am on this expedition to observe and apply scientists’ findings to future park management. Several days into the trip, I’ve realized what a shallow thinker I have been—viewing oceans only from the shoreline while walking a beach, or from a boat deck. The past few days have opened up a new and vast marine world to me, all below the waterline.
I recently graduated from Gustavus School, and this fall I'll be heading off to college to study engineering. I plan to study a combination of disciplines involved with robotics, so this cruise is a great opportunity for me to check out some cool undersea robotics technology.
After being selected to be the NOAA Teacher at Sea for the Deepwater Exploration of Glacier Bay National Park expedition, I began to brainstorm ways to give my students ownership of this voyage. Someone suggested taking a mascot along to participate as a representative of our school.
The story of advancements in science has, in part, been the story of the advancement of the tools and techniques used in research. As Lavoisier demonstrated more than 200 years ago, a scientist is only as good as his or her tools, and the time spent using those tools is invaluable in the effort to make new discoveries.
Before photography, samples were collected and preserved and then dried and described, most were drawn with pen and ink. With the tools of photography and video imaging, science can proceed more accurately with the ability to document the Earth’s processes, its creatures, its changes, and even things unseen by human eyes.
From March 17-30, a University of Maine-led team will conduct the first-ever deep-water exploration of Glacier Bay National Park using both diver-based surveys and a remotely operated vehicle. Read more...
March 30: Beyond Shallow Thinking
March 29: Hands on Learning
March 28: Adventures with Qanuk
March 27: Scuba for Science
March 26: Photographer’s Delight
March 24: 100 Years of “America’s Best Idea”- the National Park Service turns 100!
Glacier Bay National Park
Deepwater Emergence of Corals in Glacier Bay National Park
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