The Strandline


New York State Marine Education Newsletter

August 2016

Strandline (n): the high water mark; the area at the top of a beach where debris is deposited.


President's Note


NYSMEA teachers and Adelphi University Noyce students of Lou Siegel had a great day whale watching on the American Princess. Dr. Merryl Kafka, Education Director (r) at the New York Aquarium and naturalist on-board, Bob Cummings, Senior Aquarium (r) Instructor at the New York Aquarium, Dr. Dale Stanley, Professor at Nassau Community College, Lane Rosen, Marine Science Coordinator at John Dewey High School and NYSMEA President, and Alan Ascher, Teacher Trainer and Professor at Staten Island College.

Summer Greetings, 

NYSMEA's Annual Conference, “Island Voices: Promoting Best Practices for Coastal Conservation and Resilience,” is scheduled for Saturday, October 1, 2016 at SUNY Stony Brook Southampton. Please save the date and spread the word, as we would like to increase membership and participation. We hope that many students, educators, scientists and guests can attend.  We are excited and grateful to be hosted by Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS). Here are a few updates regarding the conference: 
  • Highlights will include keynote speakers Chris Paparo, Manager of SoMAS's Marine Sciences Center, and Dr. Chris Gobler, Director of Academic Programs for SoMAS.
  • Conference participants will be able to select from a variety of workshops to attend during three morning sessions. Following lunch and an awards ceremony, there will be several wonderful field trips to choose from, including a 3-hour research cruise aboard the R/V Peconic and kayaking the local waters.
  • Dorm rooms will be available for conference attendees wishing to stay over Friday and/or Saturday nights.
  • Conference details are posted on the NYSMEA website.
  • Look for an email with registration information to arrive soon. (Early bird registration will be in effect until September 1, 2016.)
  • Interested in presenting a workshop? Presentation proposals are due August 15, 2016. Presenters will be notified by August 25, 2016.
  • Now is the time to nominate deserving individuals for the following awards. Please email with your nominations and rationale why they should receive the award. Nominations are due August 20, 2016.
    • Matthew Fontaine Maury Award: Presented to a member or non-member who has made a major contribution to any field related to marine endeavors, either in the sciences, education, and research, and social or artistic ventures. 
    • Kinghan Service Award: Presented to a member with at least three years of outstanding participation in the Association and who has contributed to the needs of the organization.  
    • Herman Melville Literary Award: Presented to a member or non-member who has made a major contribution to the world of maritime literature and/or art.
    • Founder’s Award: Presented to one of the original founders of the New York State Marine Education Association who has made a life-long commitment to advancing informal marine science education. 
  • If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Sarah Richards at
In other news, the New York waterways have NYSMEA members engaged in multiple marine science activities this summer. The annual NYSMEA Whale Watching Excursion from Rockaway was attended by Merryl Kafka, Lou Siegel, Bob Cummings, Dale Stanley, Alan Ascher, Lane Rosen, friends, students, and family. We successfully spotted a humpback whale close to the Staten Island coastline and learned about NYC Marine Ecology! Dr. Merryl Kafka was the leading naturalist on-board and Lou Siegel’s Adelphi University marine science students joined us.

NYSMEA also participated in the City of Water Day at Kaiser Park in Coney Island. The City of Water Day is a celebration of the local New York waterfront as a community resource. 

Save the dates!
  • SUBMERGE NYC Marine Science Festival will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 11am-4pm at Hudson River Park’s Pier 26 in lower Manhattan, NY. 
  • The 2016 NYSMEA Annual Conference will be held at SUNY Stony Brook Southampton on Saturday, October 1, 2016. 
  • International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Kaiser Park in Brooklyn, NY. 

Lane Rosen
NYSMEA President 
NYSMEA 146 Suffolk Hall Stony Brook, NY 11794 Phone: 631-632-9216 
NYSMEA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization 

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