Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve is an atoll reef lying off the southeast coast Quintana Roo, Mexico, near Belize. The atoll is part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System and has been a protected national park since 1996. Banco's remote offshore location has helped maintain excellent coral and fish populations. Our expedition will be surveying portions of the reef and capturing 3D coral models. Join us in exploring a part of the Mesoamerican Reef few divers ever get to visit.
Improving the Prognosis for the World’s Coral Reefs
Ruth Gates, Ph.D.
Director, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
Coral reefs across the globe continue to decline in health due to intensifying climate change, resource extraction and pollution. Although the future looks bleak, certain corals and reefs are not only surviving, but thriving in conditions that kill others. Dr. Gates will unveil the complex biology that underpins this natural variation in the response of corals to stress. She will then discuss how this knowledge can be harnessed to develop tools that build resilience on reefs, arresting and improving the outlook for coral reefs.
Science Speaker Series
During her visit, marine biologist Dr. Erika Woolsey will tell stories of her adventures as an underwater explorer. You'll see imagery from beautiful ocean ecosystems like coral reefs and learn about concepts like symbiosis and sustainability.
During their visit to PHS, the Hydrous and the Heirs to Our Oceans worked together to deliver an inquiry-based activity to encourage scientific thinking and promote understanding for coral reefs. The Hydrous also highlighted their use of new technologies like reality capture, 3D printing, and virtual reality for ocean science and education. Students asked and answered questions, engaged in conversation with their peers, conducted experiments using 3d printed corals painted with thermochromic paint that turned white in warm water, and experienced 360 video. The session was filmed in 360 degrees for Hydrous educational projects.
(See More at our Expeditions Page)
Map coral reefs with our 3D methodology, learn how to conduct scientific surveys, and improve your underwater photography skills! We invite you to explore some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world onboard a luxury dive charter and to become part of the worldwide Hydrous community of scientists, designers, big-thinkers, and problem-solvers.
The Marin Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby will be hosting a Chasing Coral showing next Sunday, October 29, 3-6:30 PM at 32Ten Studios in San Rafael.
With Special Guests: Real Coral Scientists!
Rebecca Albright, Ph.D., Assistant Curator, Invertebrate Zoology and Geology, California Academy of Sciences, focuses on the capacity of marine organisms to cope with changing environmental conditions, such as ocean acidification and warming.
Erika Woolsey, Ph.D., is a coral reef ecologist, teacher and CEO of The Hydrous, a San Francisco based nonprofit using expeditions, technology and education to create 'open access oceans' so that all people may explore, understand and engage with marine environments that are threatened by climate change and human impacts.
Our two guest scientists and two steering committee members will discuss the movie, answer your questions, and briefly focus on why corals would love CCL's proposal and strategy for effective carbon pricing. Find out more at CitizensClimateLobby.org
Nora Hall will present to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Science Club and Sonoma State University.
Hydrous CEO Erika Woolsey will be delivering the closing Keynote on October 18th for the Smithsonian Digitization Fair. Sponsored by the Smithsonian’s Digitization Program Office, this two-day event will explore how digitized collections can affect lives in significant and measurable ways.
The Fair will be held at the Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center (1100 Jefferson Dr., SW, Washington DC) on both days. Day One will include panels and keynote addresses by experts from outside the Smithsonian. Day Two will include talks by Smithsonian experts and an exhibit of digitization efforts at the Smithsonian.
Tickets are required - there will be no tickets at the door.
Please see our Eventbrite page to get tickets: https://oct2017sidigifair.eventbrite.com
NOTE: when selecting tickets,
Members of the public please enter the access code: PUBLIC
Smithsonian Staff please enter the access code: STAFF
For high school students: Under the Sea with Marine Biologist Erika Woolsey, PhD: Channeling her passion to protect coral reefs, Dr. Woolsey (CEO, The Hydrous) will discuss how she uses science, design, and technology to translate scientific discovery into public understanding and inspire marine stewarship. Registration recommended. Click here to sign up.
Where:Mill Valley Public Library - Creekside Room, 375 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, California, 94941
Hydrous CEO Erika Woolsey will serve on this panel moderated by curator Carin Jacobs, MA and joined by Peter Connors, PhD and Jennifer Parker, MFA.
$18 general; $15 PAC Members. Doors at 6:30.
Join us for an evening of 3D printing and environmental philosophy as Erika Woolsey and Elle Stapleton demonstrate 3D modeling of the world's coral reefs. These models are representations of living corals, made by stitching together underwater photographs. Using design as a new medium for storytelling, The Hydrous combines the fields of science, art, and narrative to create a new appreciation for our global oceans.
Hydrous work is featured in this beautifully curated exhibit that celebrates artistic scientists and scientific artists who present ocean environments in beautiful and powerful ways. During the course of the exhibit, the Hydrous team will present a workshop on 3D modeling ocean ecosystems and serve on a panel that discusses the intersections of science and art.
You are cordially invited to a reception at the Autodesk Gallery to celebrate art, science, and technology for ocean education. Please join us for a drink in support of the Hydrous.
You will learn about marine science and ocean education, view beautiful 3D coral models produced with Autodesk software, learn about our photogrammetry and virtual reality processes, and have the opportunity buy a few fabulous underwater photographs, or even tempt yourself to take a Hydrous expedition to the Maldives, to learn more about the science of the oceans.
Together with the K-12 Alliance/WestEd, Nora Hall represented the Hydrous in an annual program that brings together scientists and science teachers to increase participating teachers' content knowledge, increase teachers' pedagogical content knowledge, increase student academic achievement in science and mathematics, and build teacher and administrator leadership.
The California Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) K-8 Early Implementation Initiative was developed by the K-12 Alliance at WestEd with close collaborative input on its design and objectives from the State Board of Education, the California Department of Education, and Achieve. The districts and charters broadly represent the diversity of California schools in terms of demographics, location, and size. Collectively, they impact approximately 200,000 students.
You are invited to a small invitation-only event to celebrate the oceans, and the work of the Hydrous (www.thehydro.us) in engaging frontier visual technologies - virtual reality, photogrammetry, 3D printing and more - to expand scientific research, enhance public awareness, and provide youth with direct and engaging educational opportunities about the oceans. The Hydrous team will be in attendance to answer all your questions and deliver a brief presentation at 4pm. They will also have a new set of beautiful coral reef 3D models and compelling underwater photographs available for purchase. We hope you will join us in celebrating the ocean, and the accomplishments of this exciting new non-profit.
We are headed to Monterey Bay for a diving trip April 22nd-23rd. The goals of this trip are to:
- Deepen our network in CA by learning about the great work of individuals and teams (we are taking a tour of Moss Landing Marine Labs on Sunday)
- Host underwater photogrammetry and 360 photography workshops
- Celebrate Earth Day Weekend by exploring local ecosystems in California