Black in Marine Science Week highlighted by Gray's Reef social media

For the week of November 28 to December 4, former Georgia Sea Grant Fellow to Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary and Black in Marine Science's Chief Relations Officer, Kris Howard, will be featured on our Twitter and Facebook pages for #BlackInMarineScienceWeek 一 BIMS Week for short.

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What is #BlackInMarineScienceWeek?

Black in Marine Science is a registered non-profit organization dedicated to highlighting and amplifying Black voices in the field, inspiring future generations of scientists, while shedding light on the lack of diversity in marine science. #BlackInMarineScienceWeek began as an online event in 2020. After seeing the positive response to the week's events, the BIMS leadership team launched two YouTube series.

The series, “BIMS Bites” and “BIMS Bites Kids,” feature small “bites” of marine science topics presented by Black marine scientists. Short videos on topics like the queen conch, sensational cephalopods (octopuses and squids), plastic pollution, and biomimicry are all available on the BIMS YouTube page. New episodes of these series air on Fridays and Saturday mornings.

Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary and Black in Marine Science are partnering this year for #BlackInMarineScienceWeek to highlight BIMS work in diversity, equity, and inclusion in marine science and to hear Black scientists discuss their work and experiences. Check in throughout the week to hear from Black marine scientists and learn how Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary connects with their research.

Follow Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary's twitter and Facebook, and Sanctuaries Instagram accounts to learn more about Black In Marine Science Week.

#BlackInMarineScienceWeek Kickoff - Sunday

Join Kris Howard, Chief Relations Officer for Black In Marine Science, for a BIMS Bite about his research into blue crabs along Georgia's coast. Like many animals at Gray's Reef, blue crabs live in the salt marshes and rivers of coastal Georgia for protection from bigger predators when they're young. Watch Kris' full BIMS Bite on YouTube.

A blue graphic with a person's face with text reading: BIMS Bites Friday 10am PST/1pm EST Youtube.com/BlackInMarineScience. This week. Kris Howard takes a bite out of Blue crab ecology.
Kris Howard studies blue crab along the Georgia coast for his Master's research. Photo: Black In Marine Science

Black Sea Bass - Monday

When working with Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary, Kris Howard assisted the scientific research and resource protection of the sanctuary. One of the many projects he worked on was tagging black sea bass 一 a commonly caught fish at Gray's Reef 一 with internal acoustic tags to track their movement within the sanctuary.

A black sea bass on a reef.
Fishing for black sea bass for an acoustic tagging project was one of the many projects Kris Howard worked on as a Georgia Sea Grant fellow at Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: NOAA

Biodiversity and #TurtleTuesday - Tuesday

Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is known to marine scientists as a natural biodiverse reef with over 200 different species of fishes, and 900 different species of invertebrates 一 animals without backbones.

In Dr. Camille Gaynus' BIMS Bite, she explains biodiversity from things as small as a gene, to an entire ecosystem. Gaynus is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. Watch Dr. Gaynus' BIMS Bite about Marine Biodiversity.

A blue graphic with a person's face with text reading: BIMS Bites Friday 10am PST/1pm EST Youtube.com/BlackInMarineScience. This week. Dr. Camille Gaynus takes a bite out of Marine Biodiversity
Dr. Camille Gaynus describes the variety of life in the ocean. From the size of creatures, to how they move and how they feed, oceans and reefs are some of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world. Photo: Black In Marine Science

The Kemp's Ridley sea turtle is one of several species of sea turtles found in Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary. Alex Troutman, Chief Management Officer of Black in Marine Science, is a wildlife biologist and discusses the Kemp's Ridley sea turtle. Watch and learn more about sea turtles and what makes the Kemp's Ridley a special marine reptile. Watch Alex's BIMS Bite into Kemp's Ridley sea turtles.

A blue graphic with a person's face with text reading: BIMS Bites Friday 10am PST/1pm EST Youtube.com/BlackInMarineScience. This week. Alex Troutman takes a bite out of Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles
Alex Troutman studies all sorts of wildlife! Sea turtles like the Kemp's Ridley are one of the many species that fascinates him. Photo: Black In Marine Science

#RealTalkWednesday & Climate Change - Wednesday

A rapidly changing climate brings challenges to our underwater parks in ways we have never seen before. Dr. Tiara Moore 一 CEO of Black In Marine Science 一 breaks down climate change and sea level rise, and Josette McLean, a doctoral student at Duke University, takes a bite out of ocean acidification.

Gray's Reef is impacted by climate change in several ways highlighted by a full climate impact profile for Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary.

  • Changing climate is causing more intense and more frequent storms in the Atlantic ocean.
  • Warming waters lead to ocean heat waves at Gray's Reef and surrounding areas.
  • Changing ocean pH through ocean acidification is making the skeletons of corals and other marine life weaker.
  • More tropical fishes are taking residence as northern waters aren't as cold, and tropical waters become warmer.

Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is a catalyst for research, especially that of ocean acidification and climate change.

A blue graphic with a person's face with text reading: BIMS Bites Friday 10am PST/1pm EST Youtube.com/BlackInMarineScience. This week. Dr. Tiara Moore takes a bite out of Climate Change
Dr. Tiara Moore takes a bite into climate change and how the ocean is impacted by it. Photo: Black In Marine Science

Watch Dr. Tiara Moore's BIMS Bite on climate change and the ocean.

 A blue graphic with a person's face with text reading: BIMS Bites Friday 10am PST/1pm EST. Youtube.com/BlackInMarineScience. This week. Josette McLean takes a bite out of Ocean Acidification
Josette McLean explains how ocean acidification is harmful to marine life. Photo: Black In Marine Science

Watch Josette McLean's BIMS Bite on ocean acidification.

Take a BIMS Bite with Sharks! - Thursday

Carlee Jackson, a co-founder of Minorities in Shark Science, hosts a BIMS Bites Kids about nurse sharks, she thinks these sharks are pretty underrated in the shark world. Learn about the most common shark at Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary. Watch the BIMS Bites Kids about Nurse sharks.

A blue graphic with a person's face with text reading: Black in Marine Science. Carlee takes a bite out of Nurse Sharks. Saturdays 11am ET. BIMS Bites Kids. @blackinmarinescience.
Carlee takes a bite out of Nurse Sharks. More BIMS Bites Kids are available on the Black In Marine Science YouTube page release on Saturdays at 11:00am ET. Photo: Black In Marine Science

Marine Protected Areas - Friday

Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is one of 16 areas managed by the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries 一 a network of marine protected areas. Join an in-depth discussion about what is a marine protected area and other topics about protecting the environment with Dr. Treda Grayson, a marine and environmental scientist, moderated by Dr. Jeanette Davis, a marine microbiologist and children's book author, and Leslie Townsell, a graduate student at the University of Georgia. Watch the BIMS Dive into Protecting the Environment.

A digital graphic with an underwater ocean surface with three headshots of people and text reading: BIMS Dives Into: Protecting the Environment with Dr. Treda Grayson. A live Q&A moderated by Dr. Jeanette Davis and Leslie Townsell. Youtube Live Stream. www.youtube.com/blackinmarinescience. August 27, 2021. 6-7 PM ET
Dr. Jeanette Davis and Leslie Townsell host a discussion with Dr. Treda Grayson about environmental protection and marine protected areas. Photo: Black In Marine Science

Saturday

Finish Black in Marine Science Week by finding more BIMS Bites on the Black In Marine Science YouTube page. Thank you Kris for helping us feature #BlackInMarineScience week!