Mission: To build a collaborative network that connects ocean research, teaching, and place-based traditional knowledge in order to enhance ocean science literacy and facilitate active engagement in stewardship by all of Hawaii's residents and visitors.
What we do: COSEE Island Earth works closely with science and community partners to develop and distribute programs that support ocean science literacy and stewardship across the Hawaiian Islands by:
> Matching the interests and needs of research scientists with those of education and outreach community.
> Enhancing the science and ocean literacy of our island and visitor populations.
> Connecting scientific research, place-based traditional knowledge, and ocean policy.
What we plan to offer:
> A state-wide interactive online community that will emphasize ocean stewardship through multiple viewpoints by aligning contemporary ocean science research with indigenous and generational local knowledge.
> SeaHarmony.info - a virtual hub for matching the interests and needs of research scientists, educators, and community based on predictors of successful partnerships.
> Journalist-at-Sea program to provide opportunities for journalists and journalism students to participate in oceanographic cruises and research.
> Communicating science courses (COS/IA) adapted specifically for Hawai'i learners and audiences.
> Interdisciplinary fellowships and symposia to bridge, research, formal and informal education, traditional cultural practices, and public activities.
> Assist the visitor industry in adding value to their products and programming, through ocean-awareness training for tour operators and lifeguards in Hawai'i.
> Develop Hawai'i-relevant ocean science literacy displays.
Principle investigator: Dr. Judith Lemus, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Location: COSEE Island Earth is based in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI.
Co PIs/Key project partners: Patricia Cooper, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST); Dr. Florence Thomas, Carlie Wiener, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology; Dr. Kanesa Duncan Seraphin, Curriculum Research and Development Group; Clyde Sakamoto and Ann Coopersmith, University of Hawaii Maui College; Liz Kumabe Maynard, Hanauma Bay Education Program (HBEP); Terry Reveira, Ka La Public Charter School, Hawaii Island; John Mitchell, Maui Digital Bus.
Collaborators/partners: University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB), Hawaii Sea Grant College Program, and the College of Education Curriculum Research and Development Group (CRDG); University of Hawaii Maui College; University of Hawaii at Hilo; COSEE CA; Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL); Hawaii Digital Bus; Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary; Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education.