Tuesday, September 30, 2014

2014 National Academy of Sciences report on FSMLs

Updated 6-25-15:

Dr. Jerry Schubel, President and CEO of the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA presented to us at the Wood's Hole OBFS/NAML Joint Meeting on the recent National Academy of Sciences report on "Enhancing the Value and Sustainability of Field Stations and Marine Labs in the 21st Century" (there is also a short Report In Brief available for the publication, and an OBFS-produced synopsis trifold).

The report process produced a useful catalog of worldwide field stations.

Here's a PowerPoint link. Jerry also used the video below in his presentation:

I followed up with Dr. Schubel about the model he described in that presentation, a chain of progression from data > knowledge > wisdom > policy > action. At the meeting, he scolded the FSML community for failing to reach the latter links in the chain. It's not enough to discover and "know" things. We have to connect this knowledge through to our larger culture. As research facilities, our survival depends on it.

But how do we do that, if it's not a scientific process? Maybe art can help? Dr. Schubel thinks so, too. Though it was missed in the report, he did a follow-up Viewpoint article in BioScience that states that FSMLs are ideally suited for facilitating interdisciplinary "creative abrasion". He specifically identifies the critical need to include arts and humanities.

He recommended that I check out a program from the aquarium: "The Role of Design and Design Thinking in Sustainability and Ocean Conservation". There is a Livestream video of the conference, and a Coastal Conversation video on the same topic.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Ecological Reflections network

Hello OBFS and NAML members,

At this and previous meetings I've mentioned the growing Ecological Reflections network. The mission of Ecological Reflections is to bring the environmental sciences, arts, and humanities together in long-term attention to places and their cultural and moral meanings, as these change over time and generations.  If this resonates with you, check out the website:


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Ocean Science Animation Student Videos

Hey everyone!

So great to meet you all at the FSML meeting.  Faerthen, thanks so much for starting this.  I mentioned a collaboration that I had with the USC Animation department when I was the director of the COSEE program at USC.  Here's a link to those student videos.



Monday, September 22, 2014


From left: Reed Bertone-Johnson, Felicia Coleman.
At the September, 2014 OBFS/NAML Joint Meeting, a lunch table discussion started on the topic of Art at Field Stations and Marine Labs. We continued the next day. Thanks for your interest in starting a working group on the subject!

Here is the list of participants (with more recent additions by request). Send me what you'd like posted, or I can set you up as an editor. I'd like to see everyone first create a post about the state of/thoughts about your current art program--basically, the short introductions we did at lunch, along with any photos or links you'd like to share. That will provide a good point of departure for further discussion, and a record for future reference.

It would be great if you would use the blog to communicate within the group, rather than e-mailing around, but you can pull individual e-mail addresses from the conference roster for private exchanges.
From left: Judy Lemus, Jane Rosett, Jon Garbisch, Bill

If you'd prefer, I'll post the actual e-mail addresses here, just let me know. Gwen Pearson will post a link to this blog on the Organization of Biological Field Stations website. I'll ask the National Association of Marine Laboratories to do the same. If you know anyone else who might be interested in this discussion, please invite them.

Group participants (* indicates looking for, or playing a more active role):
Faerthen Felix* UC Berkeley-Sagehen Creek Field Station (Group Coordinator) ffelix@berkeley.edu
Martha Apple* Department of Biological Sciences, Montana Tech of the University of Montana
Rebecca Atkins* University of Georgia
Reed Bertone-Johnson Smith College MacLeish Field Station
Jeff Brown* UC Berkeley-Sagehen Creek Field Station
Christina Catanese* Schuylkill Center
Philippe Cohen Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve - Stanford University (retired)
Felicia Coleman Florida State University Coastal and Marine Lab
Mel Dean Hawaii Experimental Tropical Forest
Bill Dennison University of Maryland
Kevin Duggan* Consultant
Paul Foster Costa Rica Bijagual Ecological Reserve
William Fox Director, Center for Art + Enviroment, NMA
Jon Garbisch Cedar Point Biological Station
Newton Harrison Center for the Study of the Force Majeure
Susan Jacobson* University of Florida
Isabelle Kay UC San Diego Reserves
Julia Klein Colorado State University
Ariane Koek International Policy Advisor and Consultant
Craig Lukatch Lacawac Sanctuary & Field Station
Nancy Lowe SymbASA.org
Judy Lemus Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
Mary Beth Leigh University of Alaska-Fairbanks
Claudia Luke Sonoma State University Field Stations and Nature Preserves
Art McKee Yellowstone Ecological Research Center
Michael Nelson H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest
Erika Osborne Colorado State University
Sarah Oktay University of Massachusetts-Boston Nantucket Field Station
Kristin Pasquino* Northern Forest Institute - State University of New York
Marianne Patinelli-Dubay* Northern Forest Institute - State University of New York
Gwen Pearson Wired.com
Mel Preston Point Blue Conservation Science
Jane Rosett Marine Biological Laboratory, Wood's Hole
Lindsey Rustad Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest
Leslie Ryan H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest
Jerry Schubel Aquarium of the Pacific
Mark Schulze H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest
Fred Swanson* H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest
Sam Wisely* University of Florida Ordway Swisher Biological Station
Kathleen Wong UC Natural Reserve System

From left: Reed Bertone-Johnson, Mark Schulze, Isabelle
Kay, Jeff Brown, Judy Lemus.