Bering Sea Educational Resources

JISAO's Nick Bond visits Alaska to help develop educational resources based on his research

Anchorage, Alaska: October 10-14, 2010

Nick BondJISAO scientist Nicholas Bond participated in the Bering Sea Ecosystem Professional Development Workshop held in Anchorage, Alaska in October 2010. This workshop was part of the outreach element of the Bering Sea Integrated Ecosystem Research Program (BSIERP) and NSF's Bering Sea Ecosystem Study (BEST). The objective of BEST-BSIERP is to better understand the marine ecosystem of the Bering Sea and how it may evolve in association with global climate change.

The workshop involved K-12 teachers who had been at sea on BEST-BSIERP research cruises, teachers from Bering Sea/Aleutian Island communities, researchers with BEST-BSIERP, and representatives from the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education and Excellence and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. It featured direct interactions between teachers, researchers, and facilitators towards the development of curricula and educational resources based on results from BEST-BSIERP.

Bond's role in this ongoing endeavor is to provide information on the modeling component of BEST-BSIERP. In particular, he created a simple scheme for estimating walleye pollock survival based on a retrospective analysis, and a truncated set of global climate model data to be used as input. The idea here is for the students to be able to explore the overall trends, year-to-year variability, and uncertainty in future populations of this commercially-important species.

The workshop and BEST-BSIERP are supported by the North Pacific Research Board.