Monday, October 7, 2013

Heath Martin's Internship, Fall 2013 - Part 1

Originally from New York State, I moved to South Florida in 2003. My background as a Biology undergraduate allowed me to explore various opportunities in the marine sciences and photographic arts. Master’s and Specialist’s degrees in education strengthen my commitment to bring marine science into the classroom. In the eleven years of teaching in South Florida, I’ve been fortunate to have had a diversity of great experiences. Most of this has been curriculum testing and development, and training of other educators. For the past few years, I’ve been a Ph.D. student in a hybridized curriculum and instruction program with a marine science concentration at Florida Atlantic University. The dissertation research project is tentatively titled, Shark Sense: A South Florida Middle School Students’ Perceptions of Sharks, Implications of a Standards-Based, After-School Program. The idea is to develop an after school, standards-based program that incorporates the Ocean Literacy and Florida Sunshine State Standards. I am excited to be in the proposal stage and expect to begin data collection in the near future.

Deep-C was new to me until I saw a posting on the Florida Marine Science Educators Association (FMSEA) listserv. I am incidentally also the South Florida (FMSEA) regional representative. The University of Miami is within reasonable driving distance from home and school. Upon reading the posting, I thought this would be a great way to create marine science/oceanography lessons for the classroom. University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) researcher, Dr. Villy Kourafalou is an expert in ocean systems modeling. She described her ideas to bring important oceanographic concepts of the Gulf of Mexico to the classroom. The Deep-C internship officially started in September and about six topic areas are being used to develop standards-based lessons about those topics. There are lots of great resources available and I hope to bring some of them together as a middle-school friendly curriculum that can be incorporated into the classroom. Major Topics ideas include: Oil Spills (dispersal, settling and effects), Nutrient Transport: (rivers to oceans), Oceans and Human Health: (why/how the ocean is an indicator of healthy systems), Predicting Ocean Weather (modeling and weather systems), Deep Ocean Settling: (larval transport and settling). I welcome any suggestions, ideas, or possible funding opportunities from others. Please feel free to email

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Heath Martin, University of Miami/RSMAS

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