2015 Consortium for Ocean Leadership World Oceans Day Live Twitter Event 2015-06-09T15:11:55+00:00

2015 World Oceans Day - Storify

In honor of 2015 World Oceans Day, the Consortium for Ocean Leadership held a live Twitter event. Using the hashtag #MyOceanQ, people from around the world asked our ocean science experts a wide array of ocean questions.

Here are many tweets from the event. Note: Read from the bottom to the top.

Ocean Leadership is a nonprofit organization comprised of the leading ocean science research and education organizations with the mission to shape the future of ocean science and technology. Our members are actively engaged in studying the ocean and its life, and their work represents the latest, unbiased scientific information and understanding.

If you have questions about our live World Oceans Day Twitter event, please contact kkracke@oceanleadership.org.

Ocean Experts

Nick Record, PhD

Twitter: @SeascapeScience

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Bio: I am a computational ocean ecologist. My work aims to use computational ocean models and mathematical ecology to understand and predict ocean biogeography and biogeochemistry. Models typically combine ocean physics with biological and ecological processes. I have worked on short-range forecasting, such as predicting the migration patterns of whales, as well as long-range forecasting, such as investigating the way ecosystems will respond to climate change. My field program currently focuses on optical and acoustic measurement of zooplankton. More information here.

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Dr. Nick Records

Patrick Flanagan, PhD Candidate

Twitter: @paddrysimo

Rutgers University, Graduate Program in Oceanography

Bio: I am a PhD student in Oceanography at Rutgers University in New Jersey. My undergraduate degree is in Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity, and I’m fascinated by the ways that marine species move around in response to climate change, and how that affects their interactions with each other. I’m a big fan of adventuring with dogs, taking photographs, making things, and popcorn.

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Patrick Flanagan

Virginia Schutte, PhD

Twitter: @vgwschutte

Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology

Bio: I have research experience in coastal marine ecology and have worked with everything from whales to fiddler crabs. The bulk of my experience has been in tropical marine ecology, specifically mangrove ecosystems. I received my Ecology PhD from the University of Georgia in August 2014 and have since moved to Germany, where I am currently a visiting scientist with the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology and an editor for Cactus Communications. I am extremely passionate about education and science communication- while at the University of Georgia I earned the Interdisciplinary Certificate in University Teaching and won their annual 3 Minute Thesis competition. More information here.

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Dr. Virginia Schutte

Jessica Carilli, PhD

Twitter: @jess_carilli

Umass Boston, School for the Environment

Bio: I am an Assistant Professor in the School for the Environment, Umass Boston, studying human impacts on coastal environments. I specialize in reconstructing change through time to assess how increasing human activity has affected the environment, and from there organisms that live in the ocean. Most of my work is conducted on coral reefs, using natural archives contained in coral skeletal core samples and reef sediments. More information here.

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Dr. Jessica Carilli

Alexis Rudd, PhD Candidate

Twitter: @SoundingTheSea

Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology, Marine Mammal Research Program

Bio: I am a PhD candidate at the University of Hawaii, currently writing my dissertation on the use of whale and dolphin calls to study their movement and behavior. I have blogged for nature education and worked in policy in Washington, D.C. I’m great at answering questions about marine mammals, tropical oceans, island conservation, and science communication! More information here.

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Alexis Rudd

David Shiffman, PhD Candidate

Twitter: @WhySharksMatter

University of Miami, R.J. Dunlap Marine Conservation Program

Bio: I am a a marine biologist studying shark ecology and conservation at the University of Miami.

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David Shiffman

Isabel Romero, PhD

Twitter: @IsabelR0mer0

University of South Florida, College of Marine Science

Bio: I am an interdisciplinary scientist interested in the fields of marine biology, ecosystem ecology, and molecular organic and isotope geochemistry. I’ve studied how ecosystems response to natural and induced disturbances in aquatic and terrestrial environments that ultimately affect local and global elemental cycles. I have been involved in multiple projects related to the Deepwater Horizon Blowout, including C-IMAGE II and DEEPEND, providing a multi-proxy approach to better understand the fate of the oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico. More information here.

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Dr. Isabel Romero

CJ Beegle-Krause, PhD

Twitter: @SeajaiOcean

SINTEF (Norway)

Bio: I am a senior scientist at SINTEF in Trondheim Norway, fascinated with how chemicals and oil droplets move in the ocean, particularly at depth. My PhD is in physical oceanography at University of Washington, though I did start out as a marine biologist in graduate school at the University of Alaska. Started working on oil spill modeling at NOAA Office of Response and Restoration in Seattle Washington, where I did tactical trajectory analysis for over 200 spills: oil, chemical and “other”. The Deepwater Horizon was my last, and now I work adding to the knowledge of oil spilled in ice covered waters. Most recently, I was in Svalbard last March on field work to measure turbulence under ice (60 cm of ice; no polar bear sitings). More information here.

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Dr. CJ Beegle-Krause

Ellen Prager, PhD

Twitter: @elprager


Bio: Dr. Ellen Prager is a marine scientist and author of popular science and children’s books about the ocean. She is widely recognized for her expertise and ability to make science entertaining and understandable for people of all ages. She currently works as a freelance writer, consultant, science advisor to Celebrity Xpedition in the Galapagos Islands, and is a Safina Center Fellow. She was previously the Chief Scientist for the Aquarius Reef Base program in Key Largo, FL, which includes the world’s only undersea research station, and at one time the Assistant Dean at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Dr. Prager is a sought after speaker for public-oriented events and has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox News, CBS Early Show, CNN, The Weather Channel and in shows for the Discovery Channel. More information here.

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Dr. Ellen Prager

Andrew Thurber, PhD

Twitter: @arthurber

Oregon State University, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Bio: I am a deep-sea and polar ecosystem ecologist. I specialize on integrating microbial (bacterial and archaeal) processes into metazoan (animal) ecology. I am an Assistant Professor (Sr. Research) in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University (USA). My research spans from the shallow intertidal to trench and deep subseafloor habitats. More information here.

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Dr. Andrew Thurber

Katlin Bowman, PhD

Twitter: @KatlinBowman

University of California-Santa Cruz, Department of Ocean Sciences

Bio: I am a chemical oceanographer and my research focuses on the chemical cycle of mercury in the open-ocean. I spend a lot of time at sea studying large sections of the ocean to document patterns and distributions of mercury in the water column, from the surface to over 2 miles deep. Mercury in the ocean comes from natural and anthropogenic sources and microorganisms that live in seawater are able to chemically change inorganic mercury to monomethlmercury. Monomethlymercury is a neurotoxin that bioaccumulates and becomes concentrated in predatory fish species consumed by humans. I currently work as a postdoctoral research scholar at the University of California, Santa Cruz and am preparing for a 70-day long expedition in the Arctic Ocean to study mercury in a sea/ice environment. More information here.

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Dr. Katlin Bowman

Mr. Justin Manley

Twitter: @justin_manley

Marine Technology Society (MTS)

Bio: Justin Manley has been working with marine technology and robotics since 1990. He was a principal in the development of unmanned marine vehicles at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1993 to 2002. Between 2002 and 2009 Mr. Manley provided marine technology consulting services, primarily to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) where he was the founding Chair of the NOAA-wide AUV Working Group.

In 2009 Mr. Manley transitioned to the private sector, joining Liquid Robotics during its startup phase. There he was responsible for developing new commercial and scientific programs based on the Wave Glider. In 2011 Mr. Manley joined Teledyne Benthos as Senior Director of Business Development where he managed a diverse product portfolio and led the development of a networked systems strategy across Teledyne Marine Systems (Benthos, Webb Research, Gavia and SeaBotix). Returning to the startup community Mr. Manley joined Juliet Marine Systems (JMS) as Vice President of Business Development and Marketing in 2015. At JMS he leads the commercialization of advanced technologies including high-speed SWATH vessels and active drag reduction techniques.

Mr. Manley is extensively involved in the marine technology profession through a variety of leadership roles. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for the Marine Technology Society and a member of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Advisory Committee. He is also dedictaed to innovation, serving as an advisor to startup companies and a judge for the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE.

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Mr. Justin Manley

Peter Spain, PhD

Twitter: @DopplerDoc

Scientific and Technical Marketing
Teledyne RD Instruments

Bio: Hailing from the land down under, Dr. Peter Spain completed his dissertation in Ocean Physics in 1988 at the Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington, after which he was at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He worked with new instruments used for measuring ocean currents. Dr. Spain is currently responsible for scientific and technical marketing at Teledyne RD Instruments. Since joining the company in 1990, Dr. Spain has worked in sales and marketing where he progressed from sales staff to department management and business unit management. Additionally, since 1998, Peter has been Manufacturer’s Liaison for the IEEE / OES Current Metering Technology Committee.

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Dr. Peter Spain


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Jessica Carilli


Isabel Romero


Ellen Prager


Peter Spain


CJ Beegle-Krause


Alexis Rudd


Justin Manley


Nick Record


Katlin Bowman


Patrick Flanagan


Virginia Schutte


Andrew Thurber


David Shiffman