Astrid Schnetzer

Marine, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

North Carolina State University

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Unit 4: Oceans In Peril: Pressures on Ocean Ecosystems part of Ocean Sustainability
Students will read and summarize an article that details scientific studies on behavioral changes of gray whales. Discussed are their feeding behavior, migratory behavior, and breeding patterns in the Pacific. ...

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Astrid Schnetzer: Using Ocean Sustainability in Marine Biology at North Carolina State University part of Ocean Sustainability
I piloted this module in a fairly large class with up to 100 students who have rather strong pre-notions of the subjects to be introduced in a "marine biology" class (e.g., sharks and whales). The additional coverage of chemical and physical ocean characteristics and build up to themes of global climate change and its impact on ecosystems and organisms as a whole "caught some by surprise". A number of students did not welcome the use of active teaching tools right away, but in the end, they all embraced the challenge and were excited about the opportunity to share their opinions. The link that was made between the health of marine ecosystems and our actions (i.e. carbon footprint) left the students with a sense of empowerment.