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Mote SEA Show

This fall we will livestream from our 135,000 gallon shark habitat. Meet our STEM experts and learn about marine life at Mote Aquarium.

Kim Bassos-Hull

Senior Biologist

Guest Speaker, 11/19/2019 via Zoom

Kim works with the following programs at Mote; Shark and Ray Conservation Program, Education, and the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program. As part of her work with the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program Kim is employed by the Chicago Zoological Society (based at Mote Marine Laboratory as part of a partnership to engage in dolphin research, education, and conservation action). Kim is also employed part time with Mote and since 2006 has worked with Mote's Education Division as a research mentor for the High School Intern Program. Since 2009 Kim has led a research project documenting spotted eagle ray biology, behavior, and fisheries impacts in Florida, Mexico, and Cuba with the Shark and Ray Conservation Program.

Dr. Krystan Wilkinson

Postdoctoral Scientist

Guest Speaker, 11/19/2019 via Zoom

Krystan Wilkinson is a postdoctoral scientist employed by the Chicago Zoological Society and based at Mote Marine Laboratory as part of a partnership to engage in dolphin research, education and conservation action. Wilkinson is also an adjunct scientist with the Sharks & Rays Conservation Research Program at Mote. Her research assesses predator-prey interactions between sharks and coastal bottlenose dolphin populations in southwestern Florida.

Activities

  • Format: Interactive via Zoom (up to 6 sites per date).
  • Age (Grade): 08-09 (3rd), 09-10 (4th), 10-11 (5th), 11-12 (6th), 12-13 (7th), 13-14 (8th), 14-15 (9th), 15-16 (10th), 16-17 (11th), 17-18 (12th), Adult (College), Adult (Public; Library; Senior Center; etc)
  • Duration: 25 mins
  • Fee: FREE

Outline

  1. Get a sneak peek at our Aquarium before the doors open to the public
  2. Look inside our ocean habitats and observe sharks, fish, and invertebrates.
  3. Interact with a guest experts while they chat about different research areas.
  4. Get an up-close view of marine animals, like crabs, urchins, terrapins, and rays.
  5. Discuss ocean conservation and the sustainable use of our seas.
  6. Wrap up with an open Question and Answer segment–Ask Us Anything About The Ocean.

Goals

  • Develop an appreciation for marine life and the role of zoos and aquariums in conservation.
  • Explore local and global issues and use collaborative technologies to work with others to investigate solutions.

Objectives

The participants will:

  • compare the adaptations of related marine species (e.g., sharks vs bony fish; sea cucumber vs sea star; alligator vs. turtle).
  • engage in a discussion with our ocean experts about careers in marine science and ocean conservation.
  • compare up to three stewardship actions for the conservation and sustainable use our seas.
☎️ REGISTRATION HELPLINE: (941) 388-2904

This program is partially supported through funding from The Rob and Melani Walton Foundation. Thank you.

Donations help us rehabilitate sick animals, answer questions about the health of our marine environment and teach more people about our oceans. Find out how you can help.

⚠️ Testing technology

Interactive sites will have the opportunity to directly ask questions of our experts. By helping us test new technology and providing constructive feedback, you help us to improve STEM programming for everyone. But be ready if things go wrong.

Note: registration is for 3rd-12th+ and available to both formal and out-of-classroom audiences.

  • ️📼 Recording. We may record portions of Mote's side of the program and post to our YouTube page for archival purposes. Interactive sites have control of the video they send us and can turn it off. But audio and chat responses may be captured in the recording. We will remove any portions that feature identifiable voice, text or video from participants before we use it for any other purpose. By registering and participating, you consent to the recording.
  • ⌨️ Be ready to type. Because there are over 100 students participating, we will use chat and polling as the primary means of interaction in the Zoom, not video.
  • 🤫 Keep your mic muted but be ready to talk. We may engage over audio if it is manageable.

Ross Johnston

Education Specialist

Livestream Host for Mote SEAtrek.TV

Ross Johnston is from Santa Cruz, California, where he became exposed to marine laboratories from visiting and volunteering at Moss Landing Marine Labs starting from a very young age. Ross’ experience has been in the environmental or conservation education departments throughout his AZA work history, including conservation curriculum development, animal enrichment and feeding narratives, and public programming with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s “Seafood Watch” and Aquarium of the Pacific’s “Seafood for the Future.” As a National Association for Interpretation Certified Interpretative Guide, his professional background has focused on public conservation messaging and scientific program engagement. At Mote, Ross educates the public primarily through Mote SEAtrek.TV distance learning lessons.

Photo of Ross Johnston

Ross Johnston

Livestream Host

Kim Bassos-Hull

Senior Biologist

Kim Bassos-Hull

Senior Biologist

Guest Speaker, 11/19/2019 via Zoom

Kim works with the following programs at Mote; Shark and Ray Conservation Program, Education, and the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program. As part of her work with the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program Kim is employed by the Chicago Zoological Society (based at Mote Marine Laboratory as part of a partnership to engage in dolphin research, education, and conservation action). Kim is also employed part time with Mote and since 2006 has worked with Mote's Education Division as a research mentor for the High School Intern Program. Since 2009 Kim has led a research project documenting spotted eagle ray biology, behavior, and fisheries impacts in Florida, Mexico, and Cuba with the Shark and Ray Conservation Program.

Dr. Krystan Wilkinson

Postdoctoral Scientist

Dr. Krystan Wilkinson

Postdoctoral Scientist

Guest Speaker, 11/19/2019 via Zoom

Krystan Wilkinson is a postdoctoral scientist employed by the Chicago Zoological Society and based at Mote Marine Laboratory as part of a partnership to engage in dolphin research, education and conservation action. Wilkinson is also an adjunct scientist with the Sharks & Rays Conservation Research Program at Mote. Her research assesses predator-prey interactions between sharks and coastal bottlenose dolphin populations in southwestern Florida.

Amanda Foltz

Curator of Mammals and Reptiles

Amanda Foltz

Curator of Mammals and Reptiles

Guest Speaker, 11/12/2019 via Zoom

Amanda has been working in the field of animal behavior and training for nearly 10 years working with a variety of exotic and marine animals, and also working for the Navy Marine Mammal Program with Bottlenose dolphins and California sealions. Starting out as an intern at Mote in 2009 with our resident manatees, she's since worked in all of the various animal care programs to include resident sea turtles and sea turtle hospital, but primarily with the past resident dolphins. Her most recent career highlight was being given the opportunity to help develop and design the otter exhibit, and establish and evolve the otter husbandry and training program.

Valerie Hagan

Valerie Hagan

Staff Biologist

Valerie Hagan

Staff Biologist

Guest Speaker, 11/5/2019 for MSFTGlobalConnect

Valerie is a Sarasota native who started at Mote as an intern in both the Marine Experimental Research Facility (MERF) and former shark Behavioral Ecology and Physiology Program. With a background in veterinary medicine and marine research, she returned to Mote in August 2016 to help maintain MERF and its projects- largely involving elasmobranch training and husbandry.

MoteSEAtrekTVSharkDaysWorksheet3.pdf
💚 Shark Flipgird Activity Sheet for 11/5 (flipgrid.com/seatrek)

Greer Babbe

Research Assistant

Greer Babbe

Research Assistant

Guest Speaker, 10/29/2019

Graduated with her BS in spring 2015. Greer participated in two internships in 2016 with the Benthic Ecology and Fisheries Habitat Ecology department in 2016. She was contracted by Jim Locascio for a fish communities project late 2016, and has accepted this position under Jim Culter in August 2017.

The benthic ecology laboratory has an aquaculture system for the bay scallops (Argopecten irradians) and hard clams (Mercenaria campechiensis). The lab rears bivalve larvae and adults for research and for conservation efforts here in Sarasota Bay. Currently, the lab is collaborating with Sarasota Bay Watch on restoring the Southern quahog (Mercenaria campechiensis) to Sarasota Bay.

Many departments at Mote are working together to study different substances to mitigate red tide (Karenia brevis). In the benthic lab, we have been testing the mitigation substances on different benthic invertebrates like shrimp, crab, mussels, clams, snails and oysters in small aquarium. These tests confirm whether or not the substances are safe for these organisms.

Our lab is also studying the effects of a living seawall on the local coast line of O’Leary’s Tiki Bar & Grill. We are studying the effects of the living seawall on water quality, wave height, benthic biodiversity and the colonization of marine organisms on the living seawall. Success of the seawall is going to be determined by comparing the data before and after the seawall was installed.

Resources

Brian Siegel

Guest Speaker

💚 Reptile Flipgird Activity Sheet for 10/22 (flipgrid.com/seatrek)

Brian Siegel

Senior Aquarium Biologist

Guest Speaker, 10/22/2019

Brian is originally from Staten Island, New York, then family moved to Silver Spring, Maryland in 1989. He has been designing, fabricating, and maintaining exotic fish, reptiles, and invertebrates professionally since 1994. Brian has always kept exotic reptiles as pets. His current collection includes Arizona mountain kingsnake, Hypo-brooks kingsnake, gray-banded kingsnake, Florida soft shell turtle, river cooter turtle, stripedface mud turtle and a leopard tortoise (named Irving).

Resources

Teeth Beneath 2019 - Flipgrid Worksheet.pdf

Technology for Livestreams

  1. Teacher or group leader to facilitate group responses, questions.
  2. Computer or internet device for connecting to Zoom or watching on YouTube.
    1. ️ ⌨️ Be ready to type. We will use chat and polling as the primary means of interaction..
    2. 🤫 Keep your mic muted but be ready to talk. Over 100 students may join each livestream. We may engage over audio during question and answer if it is manageable.
  3. Large screen TV or projector large enough for audience size. Smartboards, Prometheans, monitors, computers should all be compatible.
  4. USB Speaker/microphone. A high quality USB speaker/microphone with echo-cancellation will eliminate feedback. External speakers for entire audience to hear.
  5. High-speed internet connection. Wired ethernet preferred. Wireless not recommended. Suggested bandwidth of 5.0Mbps download (check your speed at SpeedTest.net)
  6. Optional - webcam or video camcorder.
  7. Wondering about the tech need to connect? Request a free Tech Check.
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Standards

Subject Areas

Life Sciences

Next Generation Science Standards

6th - 8th Grades:

MS-LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and DynamicsLS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems (MS-LS2-1), (MS-LS2-2)LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience (MS-LS2-4), (MS-LS2-5)LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans (secondary to MS-LS2-5)MS-ESS3: Earth and Human ActivityESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems (MS-ESS3-3), (MS-ESS3-4)

9th - 12th Grades:

HS-LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and DynamicsLS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems (HS-LS2-1), (HS-LS2-2)LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience (HS-LS2-2), (HS-LS2-6), (HS-S2-7)LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans (HS-LS4-6), (secondary to HS-LS2-7)ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions (secondary to HS-LS2-7)HS-LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and DiversityLS4.C: Adaptation (HS-LS4-5), (HS-LS4-6), (HS-LS4-5)LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans (HS-LS4-6), ((HS-LS4-7)HS-ESS3: Earth and Human ActivityESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems (HS-ESS3-3), (HS-ESS3-4)

Ocean Literacy Principles

OLP #5 The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystemsOLP #6 The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected

ISTE Standards for Students

ISTE Standard 7d: Students explore local and global issues and use collaborative technologies to work with others to investigate solutions.

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patternsGoal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impactsGoal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources
Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources

Web Resources and Activities

Links to resources to enhance your virtual experience with us.