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Students at Forest High School in Ocala, Fla., will learn about marine science in an exciting new way, through the eyes and perceptions of teacher Leann Manley, who is getting first-hand research experience aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration oceanographic research ship as part of NOAA’s Teacher at Sea program.

Manley teaches biology to students in grades ten through twelve. She is sailing aboard the 155-ft. NOAA research ship Delaware II March 23-April 1 from Woods Hole, Mass., to work with scientists as they calibrate sonar equipment at sea and conduct acoustic surveys of fish populations such as Atlantic mackerel, scup, butterfish, hake, and Atlantic herring. The objective of the cruise is to conduct research that will help improve fish abundance estimates using new fishing gear (improved trawls) and acoustic surveys.

While on board, Manley will take pictures and write daily logs that include information about the latitude, longitude, sea temperatures and other data, research of the day, and interviews with scientists. The logs will be emailed to her school, where students can follow her activities. Students and others can also email questions about the voyage to her.

“I am excited about this opportunity to work in the field with scientists while doing research,” Manley said. “For a high school science teacher, this is a rare and excellent opportunity to actually assist with the research. I am also thankful to the administration at Forest High School for allowing me this professional opportunity.”

The enthusiasm for learning generated between teachers and students is the biggest payoff of NOAA’s Teacher at Sea program, where teachers from kindergarten through college go aboard NOAA hydrographic, oceanographic and fisheries research vessels to work under the tutelage of scientists and crew. Now in its 14th year, the program has enabled more than 380 teachers to gain first-hand experience in science at sea. Teachers can enrich their classroom curricula with a depth of understanding made possible by living and working side-by-side, day and night, with those who contribute to the world’s body of scientific knowledge.

“The NOAA Teacher at Sea program continues to be an effective way to introduce teachers to NOAA science in an ‘up close and personal’ way that helps them bring science alive for their students,” said Rear Admiral Samuel P. De Bow, Jr., NOAA Corps, director of NOAA Marine and Aviation Operations. “The program has been so successful, we’re expanding it to make sure more teachers have an opportunity to participate and improve their research skills. It benefits NOAA as well. Enthusiastic teachers make great assistants and tend to boost the morale of everyone on board. After spending a couple of weeks on a ship, they also are able to offer career information to their students about the various shipboard jobs. We are always looking for good NOAA recruits! All around, it’s a win-win situation.”

The NOAA Teacher at Sea program is administered by NOAA Marine and Aviation Operations. NMAO is responsible for operating, managing and maintaining NOAA’s fleet of research and survey ships and aircraft, and is composed both of civilians and officers of the NOAA Commissioned Corps, one of the nation’s seven uniformed services.

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