Bering Ecosystem Study 08
Meet the Team
Teacher - Jillian Worssam
Jillian Worssam grew up in suburban Connecticut but considers herself a child of America. Ms. Worssam has traveled to every state, and it was through this exploration that she fell in love with nature and became fascinated with the diversity of all living systems. After attending an alternative outdoor educational school in Vermont, she moved to Montana where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Forestry. This newfound knowledge prompted her to become a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines, which in turn showed her the power of education. Upon returning to the United States, Ms. Worssam became a professional educator and earned her Master’s Degree in Bilingual/Multicultural Education. Ms. Worssam has now taught in Arizona and internationally for over 14 years, and today teaches all curricular subjects to at-risk middle school students for the Flagstaff Unified School District. Thanks to support from NOAA, Ms. Worssam is participating both as a PolarTREC teacher and as a NOAA Teacher at Sea in this expedition.
Researcher - Ray Sambrotto
Raymond Sambrotto is the chief scientist on this Bering Sea Ecosystem Study cruise and studies marine plankton ecology and global nutrient cycles. Dr. Sambrotto has worked from small boats in the Caribbean to major oceanographic programs in the Arabian Sea. He has worked extensively at both poles using icebreakers and submarines to traverse these difficult environments. An important part of Dr. Sambrotto’s research is determining how marine populations will fare under changed climate conditions and how these changes will affect the larger global environment.
Where are They?
The team traveled on the USCGC Healy in the Bering Sea. The Bering Sea lies to the west of Alaska and to the east of Russia. The team departed from and return to the port of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, the most productive fishing port in the United States.
What are they Doing?
A diverse research team aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter (USCGS) Healy conducted sampling along a series of transects over the eastern Bering Sea. Research on the ship is multidisciplinary, with scientists using a variety of techniques to document ocean conditions and the productivity of the Bering Sea ecosystem. Research teams measured the temperature, salinity, and nutrient content of the sea water, changes in sea ice cover, and the concentration of nutrients used and released by phytoplankton. They also conducted surveys of zooplankton, fish, seabirds, and marine mammals such as walrus and seal, to assess the health of these populations. These measurements will give scientists an indication of the current status of the Bering Sea ecosystem and any changes that might affect the use of its resources, and the economic, social and cultural sustainability of the people who depend on it. This was the third cruise in 2008 supported by the National Science Foundation’s Bering Ecosystem Study (BEST), which is part of a scientific effort to understand the Bering Sea. PolarTREC teacher, Jillian Worssam, was also supported by the NOAA Teachers at Sea program to participate in this expedition. Click here to learn more about NOAA their education programs.
|Water is Life||Overview This lesson introduces students to krill, their importance in ocean ecosystems, and the...||Lesson|
|Rings of Life||Overview Rings of life is a comparative lesson allowing students to investigate growth rings in...||Lesson|
|Welcome to the Bering Sea: An Introductory PowerPoint||Overview The following PowerPoint presentation is part of an anticipatory set used to excite and...||Lesson|
|Polar Profiles||Overview Students will develop an understanding of what it takes to interview scientists, and...||Lesson|
|Notes on an Adventure||3 August 2008||Arizona Daily Sun article about Jillian Worssam's PolarTREC experience on the USCGC Healy in the...||Article|
|Bering Ecosystem Study '08 with Jillian Worrssam, Bering Sea||28 July 2008||Live event with Jillian Worssam and researchers aboard the USCGC Healy. This event was about the...||Event|
|Bering Ecosystem Study '08 with Jillian Worssam, Bering Sea||21 July 2008||This is a Live from IPY event with PolarTREC teacher Jillian Worssam and researchers aboard the...||Event|
|Polar Focus Fascinated Project New Start||4 April 2008||Article about PolarTREC teacher Jillian Worssam and her classroom project, Project New Start. This...||Article|
|Coast Guard Cutter Healy to Deploy||5 March 2008||Story from online website, military.com about the USCGC Healy deploying to the Arctic. During the...||Article|