Welcome to the second Sharks4Kids Marine Science Hangout! Each month we connect with a different marine scientist or ocean explorer to learn about our oceans (spoiler alert, sharks might be featured once or twice!). Anybody can watch live and we'll pick 3-4 classes for each session to participate directly on screen. The format will consist of a lesson followed by a Q&A session. Questions can be sent in advance, asked live via the chat sidebar and of course from the onscreen classes.
February's guest, Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza is passionate about sharing her love of the ocean, the joy of exploration and the critical importance of science. Sustainability is her cornerstone and she believes that every action and decision, no matter how small and seemingly insignificant, can have a positive impact. Her research focuses on the ecological physiology of sharks, skates and rays. Mikki is a tireless advocate for sharks, developing outreach programs, highlighting their global declines and framing new directions for their conservation. Mikki has been invited to speak, educate and conduct research at labs and institutions in South America, Africa, Asia and Australia. Her outreach efforts have been documented in film, magazine and radio by the BBC, National Geographic, Discovery Channel's Shark Week, and CBC National Radio Canada. Mikki has always strived to bridge the gap between research and public engagement and believes deeply in the power of immersing young people in hands on scientific research and discovery. Her current position as Executive Director of Ocean First Institute allows her to do just that. She holds a Ph.D. in Integrative Biology from Florida Atlantic University and is the author of numerous scientific publications.
The theme of the talk will be sharks and their amazing adaptations. Mikki will begin talking about the history of sharks, then species and habitat and specific adaptations, (bioluminescence, superheated eyes, scales, tooth morphology, locomotion). If time permits will discuss sensory biology and adaptations in strange species like the hammerheads.
The goal of Sharks4Kids is to create a new generation of shark advocates through access to a dynamic range of educational materials. Curriculum, games, activities, photos and videos from scientists, videographers and conservationists bring an exciting element into the classroom and show students the beauty of sharks and the ocean. A unique opportunity for the next generation to learn why sharks need kids and kids need sharks.
Creating the next generation of shark advocates through education, outreach and adventure!