December 9, 2010
As the Year Ends
Best wishes for the holidays to our friends in the region, across the United States, and around the world.
Many thanks to everyone who has been supporting our research scientists and keeping up with our publications,
reports, and messages from the field. We are grateful to all of you who have contributed much-needed funds
for new staff, programs, and operations during this challenging time of opportunity and growth. Please consider
making a year-end donation online or by mail to Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, P.O. Box 475, 180 McKown
Point Road, West Boothbay Harbor, ME 04575. May we all share in the exciting discoveries about our Ocean
Planet that lie ahead. Thank you for your help. All gifts are tax deductible. Bigelow Laboratory is a Maine
nonprofit public benefit corporation and is qualified as a tax-exempt organization under Sec. 501(c)(3) of
the Internal Revenue Code. Copies of audited financial statements are available on request from the
Director of Finance.
Holiday photo above by Greg Bernard.
Teacher Professional Development Workshop
From left: David Fields, Ted Taylor, Jon Kerr, and Lauren Harkins. Photo by Rebecca Fowler.
Ten teachers from high schools across Maine met at the Laboratory on December 4 for an all day workshop designed to
help integrate ocean science principles into high school science curricula. Led by the Laboratory’s Dr. David Fields,
Dr. Nicole Poulton, CCMP Assistant Curator Carrie Schuman, and Education Director Rebecca Fowler, the day included an
overview of current research directions in ocean science, hands-on laboratory activities, and a discussion of how
scientists and teachers can collaborate to improve ocean science education. The group plans to meet again next summer
for a four-day workshop, during which teachers will receive and learn to use lesson plans, laboratory experiments,
and equipment. Participants on December 4 were: Lauren Harkins (Boothbay Region High School), Ted Taylor (Bangor
High School), Beth Baker (Belfast High School), Dave Thomas (Belfast High School),ÊSharon Gallant (Gardiner High School),
Sue Richman (South Portland High School), Jon Kerr (Camden Hills Regional High School), Gisele Faucher (Madawaska Middle/
High School), Linda McDermott (Madawaska Middle/High School), and Heather Sinclair (Isleboro Central School). A grant
from the Horizon Foundation provided support for the workshop.
January in Waterville: Bigelow Scientists to Teach at Colby College
Photo courtesy of Colby College
As part of the Laboratory’s partnership with Colby College, Bigelow scientists will teach two courses
at the Waterville, Maine campus during the College’s intensive four-week January Program (“Jan Plan”)
beginning on January 3, 2011. Dr. Pete Countway is teaching Diversity and Function of Life in Oceanic
Realms, a survey of the diversity of life in the oceans, with particular emphasis on microbial life
forms, highlighting the revolutionary molecular tools (e.g., PCR, metagenomics, and genomics) used in
oceanographic assessments of life in the sea and the potential role of biodiversity in maintaining
healthy marine ecosystems. Dr. David McClellan’s Marine Ecosystem Response to Climate Change course
will focus on how marine ecosystems change in response to changes in weather conditions over long
periods of time, and examine how stresses resulting from such changes can often lead to the adaptation
or extinction of biological populations and communities. The Jan Plan is designed to offer “opportunities
for students to experiment outside of their major or to tackle some special challenge or focused research
within their major.” This is the second year the Laboratory has participated in the Jan Plan semester at
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences …exploring the world’s oceans, from microbes to global ecosystems
Poulton Interviewed on Tara
Bigelow Research Scientist Dr. Nicole Poulton has recently returned
from several weeks as Chief Scientist aboard the three-year Tara Oceans expedition. Poulton
was interviewed about the expedition’s research mission by NTD Television when the Tara
docked in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Educator at Sea
The coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi. Courtesy of the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office.
The Laboratory’s Education Director Rebecca Fowler will be part of a research expedition
in the South Atlantic beginning on January 11, 2011. The National Science Foundation–sponsored Great Southern
Coccolithophore Belt expedition will study the effects of ocean acidification on the Southern Hemisphere’s
largest recurring phytoplankton bloom. Fowler is preparing a cruise website—including a photo journal
and blog—to share information about research activities, science, and life at sea with teachers,
students, and the public. Bigelow Senior Research Scientist Dr. Barney Balch is the chief scientist
for the five-week transect across the South Atlantic. Balch will lead a multi-institutional team of
researchers, including Bigelow SRS Dr. Ben Twining and Colby College Professor of Chemistry Dr. Whitney
King, along with undergraduates from Colby College and Western Washington University. Stay tuned for
more information and links to the expedition as it gets underway in the new year.
The Laboratory will begin accepting applications for its 2011 Research Experience
for Undergraduates (REU) Program Gulf of Maine and the World Ocean on January 15. Applications must be
received no later than March 15, 2011. More information about applying for this ten-week National Science
Foundation-sponsored summer residency program at the Laboratory is available on the REU webpage.
Become a part of our discoveries. Your help is more important to us now than ever before. Thank you!