Marine Life Studies Ocean Literacy Series - Connecting the public with marine science research findings
Free Reading Tutorial Program offered through this program to help build reading skills for 2nd and 3rd grade students. Contact Sr. Maria del Rey by Friday, July 17, 2015 to reserve a space for your student. 831.623.4267
Marine Life Studies invites you to explore the ocean as very few people have experienced with Light the Ocean, a National Geographic Production. This documentary will help you understand the complexity of this fragile ecosystem that provides us oxygen, weather, fresh water, food, and is the home of thousands of marine species which deserve our respect
Marine Life Studies, in collaboration with world-renowned marine research scientists, presents 3-screen experiential art & science installation:
• Sustaining the Ocean — Through National Marine Sanctuaries and Hope Spots
• Marine Ecosystem Diversity — Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Enjoy a self-paced perspective of the ocean as discovered by research scientists using deep water high technology.
Discover for yourself why the ocean is understood to be the heart and lungs of the planet; and why we need to protect it.
Resolution Kelp Forest Exhibit: This art piece is designed to illustrate the interdependence kelp, urchins and otters have on one another. Contribute to The Kelp Forest by writing your individual resolution on the kelp art piece stating what you will do to protect the ocean.
Jerry Perezchica, Marine Life Studies Program Director, explains: “The Ocean — Our Life Support System is an experiential art & science installation designed to connect the public with the ocean through the breakthrough scientific findings of ocean research scientists. The intent of the exhibit is to go below the surface of the ocean and gain a better insight into the role the ocean plays as the heart and lungs of the planet. It is designed to educate the public on the fragility of this ecosystem; the stress humanity is placing on its resilience and to give voice to the marine mammals that live in the ocean.”
The Ocean — Our Life Support System
This presentation provides an insight into how the ocean has sustained life on this planet for billions of years as the heart and lungs of our planet. Breakthroughs in high-resolution deep-water technology, now provides empirical data on how the ocean topography has influenced currents, ecosystems and surface climate. This same technology now illustrates how we are destroying this fragile complex system at an unsustainable pace. To fully enjoy and understand the installation as a whole, it is highly recommended this exhibit be viewed in its entirety to become familiar with key words and concepts presented in the other exhibits:
Sustaining the Ocean — Through National Marine Sanctuaries and Hope Spots
The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries serves as the trustee for a network of 13 sanctuaries and 1 Marine National Monument encompassing more than 172,481 square miles of marine and Great Lakes waters. This exhibit introduces the importance and achievements of the Central Coast National Marine Sanctuaries: Cordell Bank, The Gulf of the Farallones, Monterey Bay and Channel Islands.
Mission Blue Sylvia Earle Alliance is a global coalition of passionate organizations that work together to improve the health of the ocean. This exhibit illustrates the collaborative effort to create a global network of Hope Spots, as flourishing ocean environments that will form the seed of tomorrow's healthy ocean.
Marine Ecosystem Diversity — Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary represents one of the most diverse marine ecosystems on the planet.
This exhibit offers an insight into how complex and truly valuable Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is to the
sustainability of marine mammals.
Marine Debris — The Threat of Plastics
Within the last 50 years, the globalization of single-use disposable stuff has become ubiquitous. The landscape changing result of this behavior is now evident. This exhibit provides an insight into what happens when people attempt to “use it once and throw it away.” In partnership with The Story of Stuff Project, this exhibit illustrates the downstream impact stuff has on our watersheds and how deadly it can be as marine debris. This exhibit also provides recommendations on how respond to the call for action to reduce watershed and marine debris.
The Ocean — Our Life Support System is an experiential installation. It is highly visual and presents challenging concepts. Perezchica explains: “We have incorporated an interpretative art exhibit: The Kelp Forest. This art piece is designed to illustrate the interdependence kelp, urchins and otters have on one another. The public will be encouraged to contribute to The Kelp Forest by writing their individual resolution on the kelp art piece stating what they will do to protect the ocean.”
The Ocean — Our Life Support System is a traveling installation. To inquire how this installation can be brought to your community please Click Here
The Kelp Forest Interpretative art installation artists and contributors:
Kim Campbell Gallery - Carmel: Kim Campbell and Annee Delaware
York School students: Denny Baek, Camilla Diamond, Grace Khieu, C.J. Paghasian, and Audrey van Ruler
First Night Monterey: Nina Parris
Fleurs du Soleil - Monterey: Kim England
Marine Life Studies Ocean Stewards: Meri Bautch, Stephanie Marcos, Jerry Perezchica, Dr. Connie Sanchez, and Antoinnette Saylor
Mission Blue - Sylvia Earle Alliance: Brett Garling
National Geographic: Saman Behbahani, Erin McVay, David Pierson, Joanne Smith, and Deborah Walsh
NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries Office: Nicole Capps, Paul Chetirkin, and Bill Douros
Rose Sellery Gallery - Santa Cruze: Rose Sellery
Marine Life Studies Ocean Stewards:
Meri Bautch, Anna Hunter, Stephanie Marcos, Hayley Newell, Jerry Perechica, Nina Rosen, Dr. Connie Sanchez, Cindy Serraino, Antoinette Saylor, Peggy Stap, Victoria Wade,
and Mary Whitney