NOAA's Marine Debris Toolkit for Educators: Incorporating citizen science and community action into an educational setting

Meeting Date: 4/17/2018

- 4/17/2018

Location: Webinar

OneNOAA Science Seminar
April 17, 2018

Speakers: Alyssa Nally, Project Coordinator, NOAA's Ocean Guardian School Program and Sherry Lippiatt, NOAA Marine Debris Program California Regional Coordinator

Seminar Sponsor: NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. Seminar host is

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Abstract: The Marine Debris Toolkit serves as a unique collaborative effort between the NOAA Marine Debris Program and the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries to reduce our impact on the ocean through hands-on scientific monitoring, targeted education, and community outreach. Composed of teacher resources, data collection and analysis guidelines, and community engagement and outreach activities, this toolkit empowers students to become ocean stewards by taking action against marine debris on campus, in their local community, and at home. During this presentation, participants will receive an in-depth look into this new education tool.

About the Speakers: Alyssa Nally, coordinator for NOAA's Ocean Guardian School program, is an environmental educator with a background in program development and coordination in both the nonprofit and government sectors. She recently received her master's in Applied Marine and Watershed Science from California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) where she focused her studies on human impacts, specifically plastic pollution, on marine ecosystems. As an informal educator, she is passionate about utilizing hands-on citizen science activities to inspire the next generation of ocean stewards.

Sherry Lippiatt is the California Regional Coordinator for NOAA's Marine Debris Program. In this role, Sherry works with local partners and key stakeholders to identify regional marine debris priorities and provides expertise and oversight for MDP-funded projects in the state. Sherry also leads the MDP's flagship citizen science program, the Marine Debris Monitoring and Assessment Project. She has a Ph.D. in Ocean Sciences from the University of California Santa Cruz and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. In 2016, Sherry was selected as a NOAA National Ocean Service Team Member of the Year.

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