Career Immersion Day Series
Thursday, March 9, 9:30 to 1:30 p.m.
New technologies are revolutionizing the study of the ocean and opening up exciting new career opportunities in ocean science, technology and business. Oceans Advance represents the ocean technology sector in the province and is launching a new outreach initiative to raise awareness of career and business opportunities in this growing sector among junior and high school students. Launching in March 2017, the INTO THE DEEP Career Immersion Day Series will give participating students an opportunity to connect in person and online with local technology entrepreneurs and oceanographers, researchers and technology developers from Memorial University.
Corals and Sponges of Atlantic Canada
Tuesday, March 28, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Gardens of the Deep: Corals and Sponges of Atlantic Canada is a multimedia exhibit mounted on the ground floor of the Johnson GEO CENTRE. Exhibit topics and themes include: types of corals and sponges, importance of corals and sponges habitats, conservation and climate change, distribution of corals and sponges, and technology. Biologist Vonda Wareham Hayes and Prof. Evan Edinger will speak about their research on cold-water corals and sponges off the east coast of Canada. Largely unknown just two decades ago, these beautiful deep-sea habitats are found right off our shores.
An Exploration of Our Marine Protected Areas
Wednesday, March 29, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
The ocean is facing considerable threats such as overfishing, pollution, ocean warming and acidification. Experts agree that as the health of the ocean declines, so too does marine biodiversity. As the world grapples with these challenges, one well-recognized solution is to create protected areas of the ocean. There are two marine protected areas (MPAs) off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador: Eastport MPA and Gilbert Bay MPA, and a third proposed MPA, the Laurentian Channel Area of Interest. Students will have the opportunity to interact directly with working scientists, researchers and resource managers tasked with devising better strategies for evaluating, predicting and mitigating the many threats to our marine and coastal environment and the MPAs.