Posted by: sarahegner | September 25, 2015

Mickey, seagrass and MarineLab success!

Last year, we received funding from Disney’s Worldwide Conservation Fund that allowed us to expand the seagrass sites we regularly monitor in Largo Sound AND expand our seagrass ecology service learning program.

student recording seagrass survey data

student recording seagrass survey data

three sites surveyed quarterly by MarineLab staff in Largo Sound

three sites surveyed quarterly by MarineLab staff in Largo Sound

sharks love the seagrass too!

sharks love the seagrass too!

MarineLab students excited to finally board the boat and conduct surveys after learning about seagrass ecology, survey protocols and a practice survey session in the parking lot

MarineLab students excited to finally board the boat and conduct surveys after learning about seagrass ecology, survey protocols and a practice survey session in the parking lot

Students who visit MarineLab interested in gaining more experience in the marine science field are taught a seagrass ecology lesson, protocols on conducting a proper seagrass survey, given the tools to conduct a survey with their classmates, and then an opportunity to discuss and analyze their data with MarineLab’s marine scientist staff.

While not every student who visits us here at MarineLab leaves with a solid goal of becoming a marine scientist, we do want students who participate in our service learning programs to go home with ambitions to continue with service learning elsewhere, in whatever field is of interest to them.

While we have only offered our updated seagrass survey program for a year, so far we feel like it has been a success.  Students are learning!  Seagrass is being appreciated!  Science is being completed!  Citizen scientists are being created!

citizen science

Students were asked before and after the program: “On a scale of 1-10 (1 not being likely and 10 being very likely) how likely are you to actively pursue a citizen science program in your hometown?”

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Students were given a pretest with 5 questions relating to seagrass beds, ecological sampling techniques and seagrass survey protocols before and after participating in the Disney funded seagrass survey program.

Students were given a pretest with 5 questions relating to seagrass beds, ecological sampling techniques and seagrass survey protocols before and after participating in the Disney funded seagrass survey program.

 

 

 

 

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