Expedition Education Module

Ocean Explorer Expedition Education Modules (EEM) are designed to reach out in new ways to teachers, students, and the general public, and share the excitement of daily at-sea discoveries and the science behind NOAA’s major ocean exploration initiatives with the people around the world. The Coral Ecosystem Connectivity 2013 Expedition from Pulley Ridge to the Florida Keys offers a unique opportunity for explorers of all ages to investigate mesophotic coral ecosystems 30 meters to more than 100 meters below the ocean surface in the Gulf of Mexico.

M. Dennis Hanisak, Ph.D., Research Professor, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University.

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This EEM contains the following components:

Diamond Icon Expedition Purpose
Diamond Icon Lesson Plans
Diamond Icon Multimedia Discovery Mission
Diamond Icon Related Expeditions
Diamond Icon OceanAGE Career Connections
Diamond Icon Digital Atlas
Diamond Icon Other Resources and Links
Diamond Icon Contact


Expedition Purpose
A summary of why scientists and educators are interested in exploring this area and what we might learn from our efforts in this region as we strive to further understand the 95% of our planet that is virtually unexplored.


Lesson Plans
Educators and scientists working with NOAA developed lesson plans for students in Grades 6-12 that are specifically tied to the science and technology associated with this expedition. These lessons support the Next Generation Science Standards exit icon performance expectations (and their associated Common Core State Standards Connections), and the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts exit icon. You will also find links to other NOAA expeditions on the Ocean Explorer website that have content and lessons that relate to the Coral Ecosystem Connectivity 2013 Expedition from Pulley Ridge to the Florida Keys.


Multimedia Discovery Missions
Click on the links to Lessons 3 and 12 for interactive multimedia presentations and Learning Activities on deep-sea corals and biotechnology.


Related Expeditions
Each of these expeditions covers topics similar to those of this expedition. Each expedition webpage has an education component with associated lesson plans on topics including coral communities, conservation, drugs from the sea, and some of the technologies used to explore these areas.

Diamond Icon Cayman Island Twilight Zone 2007 Expedition
Diamond Icon Gulf of Mexico Deep Sea Habitats Expedition
Diamond Icon Florida Coast Deep Corals 2005 Expedition


OceanAGE Ocean Career Connections
To see archived video highlighting some of the careers that will be represented onboard the ship during this expedition, click on the OceanAGE Careers page.

Diamond Icon Fish Ecologist
Diamond Icon Oceanographer
Diamond Icon Deep-sea Biologist
Diamond Icon Marine Ecologist
Diamond Icon Coral Conservationist


Digital Atlas
The Digital Atlas, from NOAA’s National Coastal Data Development Center, provides a central point of access to ocean exploration data collections. Using an easy-to-navigate Google Map to display expedition locations, the Digital Atlas leads users to expedition-specific collections of data, information, and outreach materials. For more information about the Digital Atlas, visit http://explore.noaa.gov/information-management/digital-atlas/. To launch the Digital Atlas, open http://www.ncddc.noaa.gov/website/google_maps/OE/mapsOE.htm.


Other Resources and Links
A list of other resources and links related to this expedition for you to explore.

For More Information

Paula Keener
Director, Education Programs
NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research

Other lesson plans developed for this website are available in the Education Section.