Talk About It!
U.S. Coral Reef Task Force meeting
Asked by Susan on Sep 27, 2002.
What message would you like to send to the members of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force, meeting in Puerto Rico this week?
Answered by the NOW-RAMP Crew on Sep 28, 2002.
Thanks for your input and assistance! The partner agencies that make up the NOWRAMP partners will be communicating their messages individually.
Previous studies on coral reefs
Asked by Dave on Oct 4, 2002.
NOAA released the first national study of US coral reefs. The report estimated that 27% of the world's shallow water coral reefs may already be beyond recovery. An estimated 66% are now severely degraded. Have previous studies been done of the NWHI to determine if any degradation has taken place there?
Answered by the NOW-RAMP Crew on Oct 5, 2002.
The NOWRAMP expeditions are the first comprehensive assessment and monitoring cruises. There are CREWS buoys at several locations in the NWHI that monitor temperature and other variables, but they have not been active for very long. So, the answer to your question is that we are really just beginning!
Asked by keegan from school on Oct 29, 2003.
can you please e-mail me on getting a contact for my science fair. I would appreciate you getting back to me as soon as you can ASAP.
Answered by Andy from NOAA on Oct 29, 2003.
Asked by Dannie on Jan 10, 2005.
How would i get involved in reasearch done in the hawai'ian islands?
What corses sould be considered for a career in shark behavior?
Where can i volunteer my time and still learn about the ocean?
Where can i study under a shark, turtle or whale/dolphin expert?
Answered by Paulo from the University of Hawaii on Feb 7, 2005.
Itís great to see your interest in the Hawaiian Islandsí ecosystem. Itís not difficult to get involved in scientific research. The University of Hawaii has a Marine Option Program that is very active and popular with undergraduate students. You take ocean-related courses, and participate in many activities, some of which might include research. You can visit http://www2.hawaii.edu/mop/ for more information. They can probably direct your quest on shark behavior, as well as connect you with sea turtles, whales and dolphin experts.
At the graduate level, thereís the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, located on Coconut Island. They do work with several species of sharks and dolphins, some of which are held in the island itself. It is a very neat place to visit. But to actually work there you have to be very dedicated and study really hard while youíre getting your undergraduate degree, because there are so many students trying to get there as well.
For volunteering your time, you can do what I do- I work as a docent at the Waikiki Aquarium, teaching school children about the ocean and its inhabitants. It is very rewarding, and I learn a lot myself too.
Let us know if you have any other questions!