[Coral-List] Marine Biology Resources

J. Michael Nolan mnolan at rainforestandreef.org
Wed Nov 1 08:43:31 EST 2006

Several have asked for Marine Biology resources available on the Web. You will find a compilation of all the replies we received.


Mike Nolan

There are hundreds of excellent marine and coastal virtual field trips available now through the Internet, and you should be able to pick and choose to be able to find your target background information if you don't find one that fits perfectly.  Here's a good start:

Starting with major sites, check out current and archived offerings from NOAA's Office of Exploration (http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/explorations/explorations.html), the College of Exploration (http://coexploration.org/), Estuary Live (http://www.estuarylive.org/), and E-Field Trips (http://www.efieldtrips.org/).

Check out the MARE curriculum www.lawrencehallofscience.org/mare.  We 
have a variety of materials that might be helpful:

MARE Teachers Guide to the Open Ocean (Gr. 5)
MARE Teachers Guide to Islands (Gr. 6)
MARE/GEMS Ocean Currents (Gr. 5-8)
MARE/GEMS Only One Ocean (Gr. 5-8)


Please feel free to explore the lesson plans, online resources, digital 
labs and more available through NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary Program 
(http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/education).  Under "For Teachers" there is 
a section for curricula and lesson plans, as well as professional 
development opportunities to bring the ocean into your classroom.

Cheers, Claire

Claire Johnson Fackler
National Education Liaison
NOAA National Marine Sanctuary Program
735 State Street, Suite 617
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone 805.963.3238 ext. 18
Fax 805.963.2438
Cell 805.570.1113
Email claire.johnson at noaa.gov

National Marine Sanctuaries - America's Ocean and Great Lakes Treasures

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-scuttlebutt at vims.edu [mailto:owner-scuttlebutt at vims.edu] On Behalf Of aquinney
Sent: Sunday, October 29, 2006 2:47 PM
To: scuttlebutt at vims.edu
Subject: Ocean Lessons

Hi I am a teacher in a grade six classroom and am looking for interesting

lessons on the ocean. I am particularly interested in teaching about the

bottom of the ocean and the creatures that live so far down. I would like to

teach my students about the extreme environment that exists thousands of

kilometers under the surface. Any help would be greatly appreciated.  ~ thanks

aquinney at uvic.ca

If you are looking to incorporate some captivating video into your lessons, check out the website for the PBS series, Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures, www.pbs.org/oceanadventures. You'll find viewer guides to steer you to great clips from the programs as well as activities and hands-on lessons to do before, during, and after watching the segments and interactive games for students play (with accompanying lesson plans).

Please let me know if you'd like more information.

Jessica Neely

Project Supervisor, Science Initiatives

KQED Public Broadcasting


jneely at kqed.org

Please visit NOAA's Ocean Exploration Web site at:

All of these expeditions are related to the deep sea.  You can take your 
students on individual, specific explorations complete with deep-sea 
videos, still images, and daily logs filed from sea via the 
"Explorations" link, or explore by topic through the "Education" links. 
  There are over 270 lesson plans in the Education-Lesson Plan section. 
  Be sure to check out the "Multimedia Learning Objects" in the 
Education section, as well.

Please contact me if you would like more information.

Cindy Renkas
Ocean Exploration Education Specialist
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Phone/Fax 910-452-0847
email:  cindy.renkas at noaa.gov
website: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov

Check the Bridge ocean sciences education resource center for a teacher
-reviewed collection of sites that have lesson plans, research updates,
images, virtual expeditions, and more on deep sea habitats:
Go to 
Then in the navigation bar on the left side of the page,
click on 
Ocean science topics:
Habitats, deep sea

Vicki Clark
Virginia Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
PO Box 1346, 1208 Greate Road
Gloucester Point, VA 23062
vclark at vims.edu
804-684-7169 voice; 804-684-7161 fax

biosphere two has a virtual tour of their ocean area.  there are 3-d virtual tours of a lot of the national field sites on line. not sure if this helps but I use them and noaa to introduce overviews. Louise 

Other sites you might check out include Ocean Adventure (http://library.thinkquest.org/18828/index.html), Ridge 2000 (http://www.ridge2000.org/), National Marine Sanctuaries Education website (http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/education), New Millennium Observatory (http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/vents/nemo/index.html), Virtual and On-Line Geologic Field Trip Guides (http://www.lib.utexas.edu/geo/onlineguides.html), Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (http://www.k12science.org/realtimeproj.html), and The University of Texas Library Virtual Field Trips Database ( http://www.lib.utexas.edu/geo/onlineguides.html)

There are also many virtual expeditions to shipwrecks and other underwater archaeology, rivers, tidepools, and land-based parks.  Please let me know if you're interested in an introduction to those.

Phyllis Dermer

Check out the Information Exchange for Marine Educators newsletter which includes information about educational programs and activities, professional development opportunities, and funding resources.  You can read the current newsletter and look through the archives at http://mpa.gov/helpful_resources/education_training.html (note: please update your bookmarks for this new website). 

Beautiful Oceans offers online courses that may be of interest. The fee is quite reasonable and the content, from what I read on their site, seems to be directed at high school students/divers.

You can find out more information at


I hope this helps.


As you may know we offer many opportunities online for teachers. http://
www.coexploration.org/ceo2006   is a series of four weeks, two just
completed and two in november, the target audience is teachers.

We have hosted high school students in AP English Creative Writing for over
ten years.

We have wondered how to engage students more.

We could try an "experiment"    Give the students the challenge that they
are creating a course on  Bahia Solano that will be for other high school
students around the world. They are to write texts, record audio, take
pictures, and if possible make a few movies. We could support some of that
with technical advice and other support.

We could/will create an online,  private, password protected space, that is
monitored by us, for the teacher and the students. This is their creative
"greenroom" to create materials etc and upload them. If they do research etc
then they can post links and make comments on them.

That would be a start. 

Peter D. Tuddenham

College of Exploration
USA Address:               
230 Markwood Dr.         
Potomac Falls                
VA 20165 USA              

t: +1 703 433 5760       
f: +1 703 406 2192      
e: peter at coexploration.net
w: http://www.coexploration.org

UK Address:

24 Seaway Ave
Dorset BH234EX  UK

t:  +44 (0)207 870 5760
f:  +44 (0)142 527 6236

Hello Mr. Michael Nolan,

Please see the Waikiki Aquarium site at http://www.waquarium.org/. they have marine life profiles and many other things on their site. 

good luck,

Lisa Chau

Grad Student
Univ of Guam

Have you looked at the Moterey Aquarium site? It is rich in materials.

Robbie Robinett

My suggestion to you is to have the students research ONE topic or item of interest that will be on you trip.
Assign them or have them choose from a list of topics. 
They can work alone or with one other person, and prepare a 3-5 minute presentation and a one page 'fact-sheet' to give to the other students
This will put some of the workload on the students, don't think that you have to teach them everything.
for the timid, tell them they can use index cards or notes or just read off their fact sheet. 
They can be the expert of one area of the trip, and you can add anything they might miss.

It really sounds like a nice trip.

good luck

Bob Klein


If we are on another line or away from the phone, please leave your number, best time to return your call and/or your e-mail address.
After hours and weekend phone appointments are available upon request.


J. Michael Nolan, Director
Rainforest and Reef 501 (c)(3) non-profit

"Outstanding-Affordable Field Courses in Rainforest & Marine Ecology"

"Spanish Immersion in Spain, Mexico, Central and South America"

Rainforest and Reef 501 (c)(3) non-profit
P.O. Box 141543
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49514-1543 USA
Local Phone: 1.616.604.0546/Toll Free: 1.877.255.3721
Skype: mikenolan1
MS IM: mnolan_1 at hotmail.com
AOL IM: buddythemacaw
E-mail: mnolan at rainforestandreef.org
Web: http://www.rainforestandreef.org

Latin America:
Juan Pablo Bello
San Jose, Costa Rica
E-mail: juanpablobello at rainforestandreef.org
Phone: 011.506.290.8883/011.506.822.8222 

Marion Stephan
Frankfurt, Germany
E-mail: mstephan at rainforestandreef.org 
Phone: 49.172.305.4738

More information about the Coral-List mailing list