GOMMEA February Event: Climate Fiction for Climate Change Education

Climate Fiction for Climate Change Education will he held in Yarmouth, Maine on Monday, Feb 24th at 6:00 PM (weather date Tuesday, Feb 25th). Cost: FREE!

Charlene

Join GOMMEA for an evening with Yarmouth’s very own author Charlene D’Avanzo, who dedicates her series to scientists struggling to understand climate change. She will explain how climate fiction helps readers understand the science and politics behind the imminent climate crisis. D’Avanzo describes her journey from marine ecologist and college professor to author of the Maine Oceanographer Mara Tusconi mystery series. Click here to read more about Charlene’s story. 

Tea and cocoa will be provided. Yarmouth Community House, 179 East Main Street. Cost is FREE, but registration is required. Click here to register.   

Modeling Change Event

GOMMEA’s next event is just around the corner on Monday, December 9th, 5:30-7:00pm at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. “Modeling Change,” the Cohen Center’s newest LabVenture program, will be shared in a free, private event. We are pleased to share this opportunity with the Maine Environmental Education Association (MEEA). Together we are making a difference throughout the state and the Gulf of Maine!

Our December 9th event is free, but not open to the public; you must pre-register here.

From Gulf of Maine Research Institute and LabVenture: 

Over the last decade, our LabVenture program has provided hands-on science learning to over 150,000 Maine middle schoolers. During that time, these students’ parents and other adults have always asked, “When can I do LabVenture?!”

For the first time, we’re rolling out a LabVenture experience specifically developed for the public. Modeling Change is a 90-minute exploration of past and future ecosystem change in the Gulf of Maine. Guests will look forward and back at the impacts of ocean warming in our bioregion through the lens of two key species: lobsters and black sea bass.

Ecosystem modeling is a way for us to understand the relationships between species and their environment, and help us to project what the Gulf of Maine will look like in the future. Guests will get to experience the power of this approach first-hand.

In addition to the state-of-the-art technology in our Cohen Center for Interactive Learning, the event will also include a facilitated discussion with our program staff.

GOMMEA Annual Meeting 2019

Join us for our annual meeting that will feature Walt Golet speaking about Tuna on November 14 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland, Maine. Registration is required and cost is only $35 per person. Registration includes GOMMEA membership through 2020, heavy hors d’oeuvres, 2 drink tickets, and hearing all about the MYSTERIES OF THE MIGRATORS: HOW SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY UNLOCK THE SECRET LIVES OF FISH.

Walt Golet, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor, University of Maine’s School of Marine Sciences | Research Scientist, Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Tunas, billfish and sharks are some of the most fascinating animals on the planet. These creatures are Highly Migratory Species (HMS) which means they cross ocean basins, elevate their internal body temperature, swim to depths in excess of 5,000 feet within minutes and navigate with the precision of a GPS. Walt works with a network of commercial and recreational fishermen that provide him with information on and samples from the fish that they catch. Walt’s lab then analyzes the data to better understand their life history. This information also informs stock assessment models which may reduce uncertainty in their current and future projections.

Mark your calendar for November 14 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm for the 2019 GOMMEA Annual Meeting at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland, Maine to hear more! Registration is required, see below.

REGISTRATION

Tickets are required for entry. Registration includes GOMMEA membership through 2020, heavy hors d’oeuvres, 2 drink tickets, and hearing all about the MYSTERIES OF THE MIGRATORS: HOW SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY UNLOCK THE SECRET LIVES OF FISH. 

Cost: $35 per person

To register, please complete your ticket purchase below.

GOMMEA Annual Meeting and Reception 2019
Admission to GOMMEA Annual Meeting on 11/14/19 at GMRI35.00 USDTicket includes admission for one to event and reception, GOMMEA membership through December 31, 2020, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and 2 drink tickets.
Your eTicket will be emailed after payment to your email address.

Annual Meeting 2018 Recap

October 24, 2018 | Bigelow Laboratory | East Boothbay, ME

The Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association (GOMMEA) held its Annual Meeting, “SEAWEED: Physiology & Flavor” in Boothbay Harbor on October 24. Hosted at Bigelow Laboratory, attendees enjoyed the guest presentation by Tollef Olson, President of Ocean’s Balance who showed us his culinary seaweed treats. We tried soup (see Kelp-Infused Roasted Tomato Soup recipe here), smoothies (see Mixed Berry and Kelp Smoothie recipe here), and seaweed sprinkles to name a few. We also enjoyed some appetizers from East Boothbay General Store and assorted local beer donated by Portsmouth Brewery, Foulmouthed Brewing, and Rising Tide.

Throughout the evening, attendees also mingled with exhibitors and student poster presentations while conversations around seaweed aquaculture echoed in the tall ceilings. Thank you to our exhibitors the Boothbay Sea and Science Center, Hurricane Island, and Maine Sea Grant for sharing projects and teacher resources. Thanks also to the University of New England for their student poster presentations!

During our short business meeting, the membership approved the slate of directors which now include new officers. We welcomed new board members Mike Doherty and Thom Smith, and thanked Kate Leavitt as she stepped off. Deb “Mrs Fish” Sandler who was in attendance, made an announcement that GOMMEA is 40 years old this year! As she was the founding President in 1978, she expressed her excitement for the organization’s success to date.

The evening concluded with a keynote presentation, “The Incredible, Edible Kelp: Harvesting the Potential of Seaweed Aquaculture” and conversation lead by Dr. Nichole Price, Senior Research Scientist at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences.

 

Thank you to all who came!