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Davisville Middle School students learn about expendable bathythermographs (XBTs) and other oceanographic equipment with Chris Taylor (right). Photo credit: Jerry Prezioso, NEFSC/NOAA
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Ed Baker (top left) shows students from Case Junior High School the skate tank at URI's Graduate School of Oceanography Aquarium. Photo credit: Jerry Prezioso, NEFSC/NOAA

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Case Junior High School students and teachers pose with shark jaws. Photo credit: Jerry Prezioso, NEFSC/NOAA

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Davisville Middle School students examine zooplankton and fish larvae under a microscope (left). Shark jaws and vertebrae are on display at right. Photo credit: Jerry Prezioso, NEFSC/NOAA

June 26, 2015
Contact: Shelley Dawicki

Students, Journalists Learn about Sharks, Oceanography and More at Narragansett Laboratory

The Narragansett Laboratory has been a popular place for visitors in recent weeks.  Sharks and the work of the Apex Predators Program, the Northeast Cooperative Research Program and the study fleet, climate research, oceanography, and ecosystem monitoring were among the highlights for about 100 students from the Davisville Middle School in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, and the Joseph Case Junior High School in Swansea, Mass. who visited the lab June 5, 8 and 9.

On June 12 four journalists from the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting at the University of Rhode Island (URI)’s Graduate School of Oceanography were led on a tour of the Narragansett Laboratory by Chris Melrose. The journalists were part of the Institute’s annual one-week Science Immersion Workshop. During their tour, the reporters met with John Hoey, Nancy Kohler, and Harvey Walsh, who provided overviews of activities at the laboratory including cooperative research, apex predators investigations, the development of climate vulnerability assessments and ecosystems monitoring work.

"The conference room was set up as a presentation and demonstration area and manned by the Oceanography Branch staff of the Narragansett Lab, with help from John Tully of the Facilities Department who helped get some of the hydrographic gear installed,” said Jerry Prezioso, who organized the school visits. A PowerPoint presentation of fieldwork from NEFSC cruises, followed by hands-on displays and demonstrations of oceanographic instrumentation and equipment, were well received by students and teachers. 

Microscopes were set up with zooplankton and fish larvae for the students to examine. The Apex Predators Program contributed numerous exhibits, including a collection of shark jaws, shark vertebrae and shark tags. The most popular exhibit was the 10-foot tiger shark jaws set up as a photo opportunity station.

The Davisville Middle School Students visited the Narragansett Lab, the nearby Environmental Protection Agency facility and the Inner Space Center at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO), while the Case Junior High students visited the Narragansett Laboratory and the Research Aquarium at GSO as part of their end-of-the-school-year visits to the Narragansett Bay Campus.

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