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.
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.
#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.
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.
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.
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.
#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.
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.
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.
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!