September 18, 2023

ChatGPT does take-home assignments – but can it do citations?

What happens when ChatGPT is asked to find sources on a particular topic? Spoiler: it makes them up.


September 4, 2023

When Barbie was a Paleontologist

Photo of box cover for Paleontologist Barbie

In 1996, Barbie started her career as a paleontologist – with some comments and suggestions from geologists


August 20, 2023

Making your syllabus liquid

Photo of a ship on the Gulf of Alaska with a rainbow

A liquid syllabus is designed to humanize you and your course to students and present information in a mobile-friendly format.


June 10, 2023

A sea shanty – AI style

For those thinking about sea shanty assignments (or any other creative writing) in the next course you teach, it seems that no matter how specific the instructions and topic, “Bing is king” will be able to produce a clever output.


June 9, 2023

Sea Turtle Day/Week – a celebration of conservation

text across the top, why should sharks have all the fun

A great way to protect sea turtles is to share knowledge.


June 7, 2023

Ocean Oral History Archives, from Kodiak’s King Crab Fishery and more

three portraits on the side of a building

NOAA’s Voices Oral History Archives collects interviews of scientists and stakeholders involved in ocean and climate issues. One additional example is the oral narratives of those from the Kodiak King Crab Fishery.


June 6, 2023

Wyland Whaling Wall returns to Seattle

side of building with whales painted on it

Seattle welcomes (back) a Wyland Whaling Wall! These murals are large and in prominent locations, catching the attention of those passing by. Hopefully, the images also generate conversations around the story of the mural, and the greater challenges facing our ocean as a whole.


June 5, 2023

Tales from the Deep: Stories of Scientific Ocean Drilling

Do you have a story related to scientific ocean drilling? Consider adding your voice to our StoryCorps community! Community participation is needed for a strong community archive.


June 1, 2023

National Ocean Month 2023 – NOAA, NASA, and a Presidential Proclamation

“During National Ocean Month, we recommit to protecting and conserving our precious ocean and to harnessing its power to shape a more sustainable planet.”


May 15, 2023

Student creativity through Sciku (science haiku)

I could tell this semester’s course content was weighing heavily on my students emotionally, despite my efforts each week to discussion solutions to our global challenges. So I decided to lighten the mood at the end by challenging students to write and share their own “sciku”. I was completely amazed with their creativity, their passion, and the clear investment of themselves in writing the haiku and supporting description.