National Marine Educators Association 2005 Annual Conference
Four-Day, Field-Intensive Workshop for Teachers July 7 – 10, 2005 Island of Maui
A once in a lifetime opportunity to experience firsthand a rare coral spawning event and learn about the wide range of coral reproduction
The author of the best-selling book Hawaiian Coral Reef Ecology is offering a workshop on coral reproduction specifically timed to occur during the annual coral spawning event and designed specifically for teachers attending the National Marine Educators Association Annual Conference on Maui in July 2005. Cnidarians are intrinsically plastic in regards to various aspects of their life histories; perhaps no better example being the wide variety of reproductive strategies both sexual and asexual seen in scleractinian corals. Many corals sexually reproduce only once or twice a year during highly synchronized spawning events. Hawai‘i is one of the few places in the world where such spawning events are predictable and easily observable under careful supervision. The workshop will be taught in part at the Maui Ocean Center, home to the widest variety of live Hawaiian coral on exhibit anywhere in the world. There will be lectures and teaching activities relating to coral reproduction and hands-on and in-water activities to observe coral reproduction.
Coral Spawning Workshop Details
The four-day workshop will be field-intensive involving afternoons and nights exploring reefs and watching corals go through the annual spawning event. Participants should be able to snorkel comfortably in the ocean and at
night, under conditions where one might come in direct contact with various organism’s gametes. Cost of $630 includes hotel lodging (double occupancy) for three nights, dinners on three nights, a beach BBQ), snacks, ground and boat transportation, the textbook Hawaiian Coral Reef Ecology, waterproof notebooks, waterproof red lights for monitoring spawning event, coral reproduction teaching aides, admission to the Maui Ocean Center, course certificates, instructors, guest speakers, and the opportunity to snorkel in coral sperm and egg-infested waters during the once-a-year reef spawning event. Participants are responsible for other meals, air transportation to Maui, snorkeling gear, sunscreen, and having an open and curious attitude regarding reproduction in our cnidarian friends.
Day 1 Afternoon: Maui Ocean Center, Coral Anatomy & Physiology Evening: Evening of Coral Spawning Activity Day 2 Morning: Boat Trip and Snorkel at Molokini Marine Protected Area, Asexual Cloning Afternoon: Settlement Plate Lab Evening: Night Coral Spawning Snorkel Day 3 Afternoon: Plenty ‘O Planulae Larval Experience Evening: Back-up Dribbling Night Snorkel Day 4 Morning: Teaching Activities About Coral Spawning
TO REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP FOLLOW THE LINK http://www.hawaii.edu/mcc/oceania/PCW_AP.doc , FILL OUT THE APPLICATION NOTING THAT YOU WANT TO APPLY FOR THE CORAL SPAWNING WORKSHOP; SEND PAYMENT AND APPLICATION TO HAWAI‘I WILDLIFE FUND AT THE ADDRESS PROVIDED. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT DAVE GULKO AT firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Instructor
Dave Gulko is a coral reef ecologist who manages coral reefs for the State of Hawai‘i. He is one of a handful of researchers in Hawai‘i who has worked on the annual coral spawning events of the various endemic coral species. He is the author of the popular books ‘Hawaiian Coral Reef Ecology’ and ‘Sea Turtles: An Ecological Guide’, along with numerous scientific and popular articles about tropical marine ecosystems and natural resource management. An expert on Hawaiian coral reefs, he has actively developed marine educational materials for secondary, university and nontraditional sources for over two decades.