National Marine Sanctuaries: Sentinels of a Changing Ocean

Jacqueline Laverdure, NOAA Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuaries

Jennifer Bennett-Mintz, NOAA Ocean Acidification Program 


Our carbon emissions are making the ocean more acidic.  This process, termed Ocean Acidification, could cause massive devastation to the marine food web and life on the planet.  Learn about the science of ocean acidification and how national marine sanctuaries are working to better understand and protect biological communities.





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About the Presenters

Jacqueline Laverdure is Education and Outreach Coordinator for NOAA's Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. Jacqueline develops and implements sanctuary education, outreach and communications plans that inspire ocean conservation using the concepts of Ocean Literacy.

Prior to her work with Olympic Coast, she was an outreach program coordinator for NOAA Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. She also crewed and skippered vessels for over 15 years.  Jacqueline graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Marketing. She has worked in marine conservation and outreach since 1992 and holds a United States Coast Guard 100 Gross Tons Masters license.



Jenn Bennett-Mintz currently coordinates education and outreach for NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program from Hollings Marine Laboratory in Charleston, SC. Here she serves as a liaison between the research, education and stakeholder communities.  In this role she gets to fuse her passions for science, communication and people while translating current ocean acidification research in a way that is relevant and understood by a variety of audiences using diverse delivery formats.

She earned her B.S. in marine biology at University of California Santa Cruz. After years working as an educator on watercraft, in aquaria, nature’s classroom and more traditional teaching settings she returned to the east coast to obtain an M.S. in marine biology from College of Charleston. Her thesis research focused on polar phytoplankton physiology and biogeochemistry, which afforded her the opportunity to do fieldwork in the Ross Sea of Antarctica. Upon graduation she was awarded the John D. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, and first began working with NOAA’s Ocean Acidification program at the intersection of science and policy.

When first coming on board with the program in 2012 she worked closely with scientists nationally to coordinate the program’s research and monitoring efforts, while also developing the newly founded program’s outreach and education endeavors. She now focuses on understanding and using effective practices for communicating about ocean acidification to the public and stakeholders and shares these practices with educators, communicators, scientists and students. A surfer and outdoor adventurer, she spends as much time exploring the ocean and mountains as she can.


About the Teach-In

The National Biodiversity Teach In is a webinar series for classrooms designed to bring awareness to the importance of biodiversity. Created by Deb Perryman’s AP Environmental Science class at Elgin High School in response to the story of Martha, the last passenger pigeon, the goal is to bring stories of biodiversity to classrooms and individuals around the globe.

Originally conceived as a week-long event, this year the Teach-In will take place every Friday in February. Friday, February 12th will be presented by EarthEcho International with a day of ocean themed webinars, featuring Philippe Cousteau Jr. at 12pm CST.  

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