Education and Outreach
The primary goals of the Education and Outreach theme are to:
- transfer and translate the results of CINAR research products and operational tools to NOAA managers and other resource management professionals;
- train the next-generation NOAA workforce to deal with ecosystem-scale management issues; and,
- inform the general public and stakeholders of the complexities and challenges associated with ecosystem-based management.
CINAR brings a broad range of world-class capabilities in education and outreach to meet these goals. They include graduate and undergraduate training programs, research to management programs, three Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE), a National Estuarine Research Reserve and partnerships with the nine Reserves in the northeast U.S., three Sea Grant Programs, and nationally-acclaimed programs for K-12 and informal audiences.
Several mechanisms will be employed by CINAR to meet education and outreach goals. The cornerstone element is a web-based system to enable CINAR investigators and stakeholders to access and communicate scientific information and products at scales relevant to their specific needs. For example, users can “zoom in” to investigate highly complex ecosystems or “zoom out” to determine which ecosystem interactions are important at a regional scale. As this capability develops, CINAR scientists will collaborate with NOAA personnel to design specific operational or decision-support tools in response to resource management needs. In turn, this capability will be used to inform other education and outreach activities. They range from short courses for resource managers and research experiences for undergraduates, to training programs for resource professionals.
CINAR partners offer many degree programs that directly align with NOAA’s mission. Graduate and undergraduate programs along with a strong pool of postdocs and field-based research programs for undergraduates exist in each of CINAR’s five thematic areas. CI partners also provide science content for informal venues such as their own exhibit centers or in partnerships with regional aquaria and museums. A variety of partnerships also exist to engage minority graduate and undergraduate students in NOAA-relevant research. Hampton University and U. Maryland-Eastern Shore are two such institutions that also participate in NOAA’s Education Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions. Tremendous student diversity also exists at Rutgers and U. Maryland. These and other partnerships provide a strong pool of candidates for participation in graduate and undergraduate CINAR programs.
CINAR will capitalize on existing partnerships with the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, Sea Grant and the COSEE network to incorporate CINAR information, products and tools broadly throughout the resource management, and formal and informal education communities. Tools may take the form of improved monitoring capabilities, more efficient survey capabilities, or prototype prediction models.
Funded Education and Outreach Abstracts1. Student Fellowship: Habitat Use and Dietary Patterns of Diadromous Fishes in the Northwest Atlantic:
- Thomas J. Miller, UMCES
2. MREP as a Catalyst- Meredith Mendleson, GMRI