The Strandline


New York State Marine Education Newsletter

March 2017

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


President's Note

Spring Greetings, NYSMEAns!

The American Museum of Natural History, being one of the most famous scientific institutions worldwide, is an invigorating place to have our NYSMEA Board Meeting. Our meeting that was held on March 5th was full of positive energy, new ideas, and the planning of events for the year. NYSMEA is partnering with many science organizations, government agencies, and scientific institutions in collaborative maritime and STEM events this year. After the meeting, NYSMEAns toured the traveling Cuba exhibit. The exhibit emphasizes Cuban history and culture, and includes a modern Cuban street lined with shops, stores, and exhibits about Cuban culture. The exhibit provided interesting facts such as: Cuba is an archipelago of over 4,000 islands and has many acres of wetlands, a very large rainforest, and healthy coral reef communities. NYSMEA members enjoyed the coral reef/nature exhibit which shows pristine waters and coral that are protected by Cuba.

On March 10th, the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) hosted an Event for Educators on the topic of Climate Change. Representatives from NYSMEA, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and AMNH were acting as table facilitators for this event, sharing knowledge and materials with the 250 teachers invited to attend.

Longtime NYSMEA member Bob Cummings represented our organization with a display and literature on ocean acidification issues. Dr. Barbel Honisch was the guest speaker and her topic was “Reconstructing past climate change from chemical signals stored in ocean sediments.” Her talk was followed by a Q&A, and afterwards, the guests were escorted to the Hall of Planet Earth for a reception. There was an opportunity to mingle with teachers and to make new connections. The event was very nice and well attended, even with the snow event that occurred earlier that day.

There are many exciting indoor and outdoor events NYSMEA is partnering in this year. We are hoping to see plenty of NYSMEA members at the upcoming events. Please check our website at and the Strandline for updated news.

Lane Rosen
NYSMEA President

Upcoming Events

  • March 24, 2017 Beneath the Seas Career Day
  • March 25-March 26, 2017 Beneath the Seas SCUBA Expo
  • April 8, 2017 SCONYC Conference at Stuyvesant HS
  • April 26, 2017 KCC HS Student Marine Education Conference
  • April 27-April 28, 2017 KCC Eco-Fest and 4/28 Plumb Beach Cleanup
  • May 6, 2017 It's My Estuary Day at Kaiser Park, Coney Island
  • May 10, 2017 Waterfront Alliance Conference
  • May 18, 2017 Billion Oyster project Oysterfest
  • June 3, 2017 World Science Festival Great Fish Count at Kaiser Park
  • June 25-29, 2017 NMEA Conference in Charleston, South Carolina
  • July 15, 2017 City of Water Day
  • September 16, 2017 SUBMERGE Festival at Hudson River Park Pier 23
  • October 7, 2017 International Coastal Cleanup at Kaiser Park, Coney Island

NYSMEA is Seeking a New SCONYC Representative

NYSMEA can have up to three Science Council of New York City (SCONYC) representatives who attend board meetings during the year. NYSMEA has one vote on any issue requiring a vote. A broad range of opinions are welcome during discussion. NYSMEA is one of eight member associations which are city based, although representatives sometimes live in the surrounding suburbs. Meetings are held around once a month (conference calls and zoom are available). At this time, they are all at the apartment of Gail David (a Queens resident) who has graciously agreed to host these meetings. Discussions at these meetings center around Science Education issues. The organization maintains active communication with the NYSED and NYC DOE. At each meeting there is an opportunity for NYSMEA to report on their current and upcoming activities. At each SCONYC meeting, dinner is provided. Meetings are usually scheduled for 4:45 - 8:00 PM. SCONYC’s major activity is a city-wide annual conference each spring (usually March or April; this year it’s on April 8th). The conference includes roughly 40 individual workshops, a keynote speaker and an exhibit area. The conference is a single-day event at Stuyvesant High School from 8 AM- 4 PM. NYSMEA and the other 7 member association representatives are urged to assist with the conference and even make presentations for the K-12 range of teachers who attend. Contact with your interest in filling this role.

NYSMEA Partner Programs

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

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