Workshops & Town Hall Meetings

Digital Photography for Aquatic Scientists

presented at the 2007 ASLO Aquatic Science meeting by Freshwaters Illustrated (

Contact: Jeremy Monroe,
Date and Time: Sunday, February 4th, 2007, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Place: Hilton Hotel, Mesa Ballroom A
Cost: $75/person

Become a more effective educator, scientist, and visual communicator through photography! Beginning and intermediate photographers are invited to a 1-day workshop that will include both classroom and field sessions designed to cover:

  • The importance of effective photography in aquatic education and outreach
  • Digital equipment, techniques, and workflow
  • Underwater and natural history techniques
  • Photographic sampling and documentation in science

Participants will meet for a morning classroom session at 9:00am, eat lunch on their own, and reconvene for an afternoon field/classroom session, which will end at 5:00pm. Attendees will be notified with workshop details via email.

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GEOTRACES Town Hall Meeting

Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Time: 10:00-11:00am
Location: Hilton Hotel, Mesa A

GEOTRACES is an international study of the global marine biogeochemical cycles of trace elements and their isotopes. It is sponsored by the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR). Members of the GEOTRACES planning committee will hold an open session to describe the status of the program. This will include a brief presentation of the rationale for, and objectives of, GEOTRACES, followed by an open discussion of ongoing planning and implementation activities (e.g,. Intercalibration Program), as well as future opportunities for those who may be interested in participating.

NSF BOP Town Hall Meeting

Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm
Location: Hilton Hotel, Mesa B

This presentation will be set up to give an overview of the Biological Oceanography Program, its practices, purview, staff, program stats, recent activities, areas of development, and advice about both the program and related programs at the NSF. It will also be intended to specifically elicit questions from the community about the program, operations, opportunities, planning, etc. This presentation/discussion is intended for scientists wishing to learn more basic information about this particular NSF program.

From Ship to Shore to the Newspaper: Workshop on Science Journalism

Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Time: 12:15-1:15pm
Location: Hilton Hotel, Mesa B

Gulf of Mexico Double-Whammy. Methane-Devourer Discovered in Arctic Seas. Antique Whale Oil and the Origin of Industrial Chemicals. These headlines introduced recent marine science news stories. Did these articles attract readers? If so, what’s the secret to their success?

Participants in this workshop will learn how to present science in an interesting way while retaining factual accuracy--the key to good science communication and science journalism. Science journalism aims to transmute scientific concepts and results from jargon-based language often understandable only by scientists, to news relevant to the lives of the general reader, listener or viewer.

This workshop will explore science writing for a non-scientific audience. Participants will review examples of good science writing from newspapers, like the New York Times and Washington Post, and news magazines, like Science News and New Scientist, “dissect” the structure of science news and feature articles, discuss how popular coverage of science has changed in recent years, and learn the basics of science journalism.

Participants will have the opportunity to write a general audience science article about research presented at the conference, and individual critiques will be offered to those interested.

The workshop is free, but pre-registration is appreciated. Please contact: Cheryl Lyn Dybas, National Science Foundation,, 703-292-7734.

Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry (OCB) Town Hall Meeting: A New Multi-disciplinary Oceanographic Program

Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Time: 3:00-5:00pm
Location: Hilton Hotel, Mesa B

The newly formed Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry program ( will focus on the ocean’s role as a component of the global Earth system, bringing together research in ecology, geochemistry, and ocean physics that inform on and advance our understanding of ocean biogeochemistry. The overall program goals are to promote, plan, and coordinate collaborative, multidisciplinary research opportunities within the U.S. research community and with international partners. Important OCB-related activities currently include: the Ocean Carbon and Climate Change (OCCC) and the North American Carbon Program (NACP), U.S. contributions to IMBER, SOLAS, CARBOOCEAN, and numerous U.S. single-investigator and medium-size research projects funded by NASA, NOAA, and NSF. A presentation of current and proposed OCB activities will be made at a Town Hall meeting during the ASLO meeting, after which there will be an open community discussion on the program scope, priorities, and processes.

Advancements in Flux Measurement Techniques Workshop

Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Time: 3:00-6:00pm
Location: Hilton Hotel, Mesa C

Accurate in-situ measurements of property fluxes are a prerequisite for understanding and modeling lake, estuarine, and coastal ocean ecosystems. This workshop is focused on new technologies recently introduced, developed, and refined to measure both vertical and horizontal property fluxes. Such properties of interest may include fresh water, dissolved oxygen, or nutrient concentrations. Precise, long-term in-situ flux measurements of these properties through the sediment-water interface and the river-estuary-ocean interfaces are necessary for accurate biogeochemical models that help determine ecosystem parameters and influence management decisions.

A number of invited speakers will give presentations on recent work in this field. We will conclude the workshop with a round table discussion of what could be done to further advance this important research topic.


  • Nutrient fluxes in the Elkhorn Slough NERR. Ken Johnson, MBARI.
  • New sensors for extended deployment biogeochemical monitoring. Andrew Barnard, WET Labs.
  • The Land/Ocean Biogeochemical Observatory (LOBO) – Monitoring solutions for estuaries. Scott McLean, Satlantic.
  • Eddy Correlation – An effective technique for measuring fluxes between the seafloor and the water column. Peter Berg, University of Virginia.
  • Using acoustic Doppler velocimeters for in-situ measurements of vertical fluxes. Eric Siegel, NortekUSA.

Please contact the workshop organizers (Eric Siegel, NortekUSA,; Scott McLean, Satlantic, if you wish to present applicable research in this workshop.

Bering Ecosystem Study (BEST) Research and Funding Plans Town Hall Meeting

Date: Wednesday February 7th, 2007,
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Hilton Hotel, Mesa Ballroom C

This Town Hall meeting will provide the community with information on a new National Science Foundation-sponsored program, the Bering Ecosystem Study (BEST)  Five proposals were funded in response to the first AO, and a second AO has been published with a closing date of  March 15, 2007 (  The Town Hall meeting will provide those interested in this program a chance to learn about what has been funded and additional funding opportunities through the second AO.  We plan brief introductory presentations on recent changes in the Bering Sea and on the scope of the funded proposals, to be followed by an open question / answer session.  A representative of the Arctic Section of the Office of Polar Programs has been invited to attend and provide background on their expectations for responses to the BEST AO.  For more information on the BEST program, please visit:

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