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Switgard Duesterloh
Amazing Nature: Biology and symmetry of sea stars
Once again, it is that time of year when Kodiak fifth-graders visit the Ocean Science Discovery Lab on Near Island to conduct a scientific experiment complete with predictions, measurements, data recording and analysis. The stars of the unit are sea stars, and we begin by talking about the biolog...
Mar 01, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Kodiak students compete and learn about oceans in statewide contest
On, Sunday night, five tired Kodiak High School students and their two coaches returned home after a long and strenuous, fun and educational weekend. The annual statewide Tsunami Bowl competition in Seward, organized by the University of Alaska is a venue for high school teams to show off and exp...
Feb 15, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Drill ship
T’was a dark and stormy night in Kodiak as the old year 2012 yielded to the new 2013. I was surprised to wake up at midnight to see fireworks lighting my window. Who out there was actually able to even get a rocket fuse lit with winds and rain ripping mercilessly? As I lay and wondered, a frighte...
Jan 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Christmas in the ocean
It is the season for snow, ice, candy, stars, cookies and tinsel. Among ocean educators, the holidays have spurred a fun game of listing animals that have some reference to these things in their names. Quite a few ocean animals have “Christmas” in their name, though I think these names have less ...
Dec 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Students study salmon near and far
Last Friday was the deadline, and with relief and a smile I clicked on the “send” icon on my email. Attached to the email addressed to the coordinator of the 2013 statewide Ocean Science “Tsunami” Bowl competition in Seward was the team research paper of the Kodiak High School team. After many we...
Dec 07, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Lingcod near the top of the food chain
Recently a friend was telling a story of catching a lingcod. It was just another fishing story, but with a nod in my direction he said: “did you know that the males watch the nest while the females swim away?” I didn’t know and I realized that perhaps this was another Kodiak fish species worth fi...
Nov 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: What do we know about the Ocean?
I recently had the opportunity to join educators and policy makers from Europe and the United States in an effort to create a forum for marine educators to get together and exchange ideas and experiences. In the US we have the National Marine Educators Association. These are teachers, informal ed...
Nov 09, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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The Beginnings of Life in the Ocean
Life is such a marvelous thing. It is within us, and all around us in its myriad different forms, large as the blue whale in the ocean depth and small as the invisible bacteria on the countertop, your fingertips, and even in the air we breathe. While we have wondered about life’s origin since the...
Oct 12, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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