Special Issue "Methodologies for Outreach in the Marine Sciences"

A special issue of Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (ISSN 2077-1312).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2019).

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Magnus Wahlberg

Marine Biological Research Center, University of Southern Denmark, Hindsholmsvej 11, Kerteminde 5300, Denmark
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Interests: marine bioacoustics;fish and cetacean behaviour;echosounders and sonars

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

There is an increasing interest in scientific projects designed to give a non-expert audience the possibility to 'tap in' and investigate the marine environment. For example, in some coastal waters there are stationary underwater cameras that can be accessed 'live' through the Internet, and several museums have installed underwater listening stations, where a visitor can listen to the underwater acoustic environment. In addition, YouTube and Facebook are teeming with intriguing footage of “never-before-seen” deep-sea critters, as well as with travellers having close encounters with whales and fish. Thus, there is a wealth of both more structured and unstructured activities aiming at informing an audience about the marine world in new exciting ways.

This Special Issue is launched to provide a compilation of the current status marine outreach projects. Which methods are best doing their job, both technically, but also in terms of engaging the user to better understand or increase his or her fascination and interest for marine biology? Papers are invited to deal with topics such as:

  • New techniques for streaming video and acoustic data to user-friendly platforms on the web, in museums, etc.;
  • Technical solutions for long-term installations of underwater displays.
  • Evaluation of the efficiency of marine teaching and outreach activities;

Additionally, other topics similar to these may be of interest.

Assoc. Prof. Magnus Wahlberg
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Marine biology outreach
  • Evaluation of teaching
  • Evaluation of the experience of museum guests
  • Long-term marine measurement installations

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Using Live-Stream Video from an Artificial Reef to Increase Interest in Marine Biology
J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2018, 6(2), 47; https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse6020047
Received: 18 March 2018 / Revised: 21 April 2018 / Accepted: 24 April 2018 / Published: 1 May 2018
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New methods are needed to attract more interest to natural sciences among the public and young people. We established an underwater laboratory by placing cameras on an artificial reef (a sunken ferry) to create a new and inspiring way of teaching marine biology [...] Read more.
New methods are needed to attract more interest to natural sciences among the public and young people. We established an underwater laboratory by placing cameras on an artificial reef (a sunken ferry) to create a new and inspiring way of teaching marine biology and showing science to the public. Here we describe the process and solutions to the technical challenges in designing the laboratory. Live-streaming from the underwater environment has great potential for teaching marine biology in new and exciting ways, and it could also be used more widely for stimulating interest among the general public in aquariums and museums. Full article
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A Collaborative European Approach to Accelerating Translational Marine Science
J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2018, 6(3), 81; https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse6030081
Received: 31 May 2018 / Revised: 19 June 2018 / Accepted: 2 July 2018 / Published: 5 July 2018
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Marine environments account for over 90% of the biosphere and hold tremendous potential for biotechnological applications and drug discovery. To fully exploit this potential and develop interesting discoveries into useful molecular tools and successful products, a multidisciplinary approach is indispensable. Here, we introduce [...] Read more.
Marine environments account for over 90% of the biosphere and hold tremendous potential for biotechnological applications and drug discovery. To fully exploit this potential and develop interesting discoveries into useful molecular tools and successful products, a multidisciplinary approach is indispensable. Here, we introduce the European Marine Biological Research Infrastructure Cluster (EMBRIC), a novel collaborative initiative that aims to facilitate translational marine science and remove existing bottlenecks that are currently impeding blue innovation. In the context of this initiative, pilot projects have been designed to test the functionality of the cluster focusing on two specific sectors of marine biotechnology: (i) the discovery and exploitation of marine natural products and (ii) the marker-assisted selection of desirable traits in aquaculture. EMBRIC brings together the expertise of six European Research Infrastructures on accessing the potential of marine organisms, specifically on the 99% of bacteria yet to be grown in culture, the microalgae, finfish, and shellfish. It improves the throughput and efficiency of workflows for discovery of novel marine products and facilitates projects that require an interdisciplinary approach. The objective is to develop coherent chains of high quality services for access to biological, analytical, and data resources by deploying common underpinning technologies and practices. The connection of academic science with industry is being strengthened by engaging companies, as well as geographically separated public and private-sector communities in the domain of marine biotechnology, and by federating technology transfer services amongst the players involved. Full article
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