STEMExplore Virtual Career Connection with a Marine Scientist in Fisheries Conservation Management

Join EarthEcho International for a STEM-tastic conversation about marine science and fisheries conservation with Dr. Karlisa Callwood, Director, Community Conservation Action Program at Perry Institute for Marine Science. Dr. Karlisa Callwood is a marine scientist and educator who focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to evaluating fisheries and conservation management. Her interests include establishing practices to enhance science education, particularly from those from undeserved communities, and enhancing strategies to better bridge the gaps that exist between scientists, policymakers, and the public through informal science learning and interdisciplinary approaches. Karlisa’s current research is focused on the socio-economic dynamics and fishery perceptions of an emerging parrotfish fishery in The Bahamas.

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STEMExplore Virtual Career Connection with a Marine Conservation Biologist

Join EarthEcho International for a STEM-tastic conversation about marine conservation and marine mammals with Brittany Novick, Marine Conservation Biologist, National Marine Mammal Foundation. Brittany is a marine conservation biologist for the NMMF and is on the veterinary hospital team at the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program serving as the clinical diagnostic coordinator. Brittany assists with conservation medicine research as well, and is on the administration team for her community education and outreach team.

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STEMExplore Virtual Career Connection with a Biogeochemist and Coastal Ecologist

Join EarthEcho International for a STEM-tastic conversation about coastal ecology and biogeochemistry with Dr. Ashley Smyth, Assistant Professor, University of Florida. Dr. Ashley Smyth studies water quality and nutrient cycles in coastal habitats, like oyster reefs, mangroves, and seagrass beds. Ashley's interest in biogeochemistry began after an undergrad research experience, where she realized the impact human activities have on nutrient cycles and she really enjoy being covered in mud. Her research is centered on understanding how coastal habitats, such as oyster reefs, salt marshes and seagrass beds, process and remove nutrients and how human activities alter this ecosystem function.

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STEMExplore Virtual Career Connection with a Sea Turtle Specialist and Shark Biologist

Join EarthEcho International for a STEM-tastic conversation about sea turtle and shark biology and ecology with Carlee Jackson, Graduate Student and Sea Turtle Specialist, Nova Southeastern University and Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Carlee Jackson received her Bachelors of Science in Biology at Florida Atlantic University in 2016, where she was also a Division I NCAA swimmer. She currently is a graduate student pursuing her Master’s in Marine Biology at Nova Southeastern University (NSU), where she is completing research for her thesis titled, “Examining the effects of provisioning tourism on nurse sharks in Caye Caulker, Belize.” She is also a Marine Turtle Specialist at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, conducting sea turtle nesting surveys along Boca Raton beaches, as well as assisting with medical procedures and husbandry in the sea turtle rehabilitation center. Originally from Detroit, MI, Carlee moved to South Florida during her undergraduate studies. When she has some free time, she likes to go SCUBA diving or snorkeling at nearby reefs and wrecks.

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STEMExplore Virtual Career Connection with a Conservation Manager

Join EarthEcho International for a STEM-tastic conversation about conservation management with Tyrah Cobb-Davis, Chesapeake Conservation Corps Member at Frederick County Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources. She works specifically with Frederick County Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources (OSER). At OSER, Tyrah assists with stormwater management practices through data collection and implementation, in addition to promoting sustainability initiatives. Tyrah is a recent graduate from Randolph College where she studied Environmental Science and had minors in engineering and math. Tyrah had many internships and research opportunities during her undergraduate career that helped shape her professional path, ultimately leading her to the Chesapeake Conservation Corps program.

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STEMExplore Virtual Career Connection with a Marine Scientist & Dolphin Acoustics Specialist

A STEMExplore Virtual Career Connection with Dr. Morgan Martin, a marine scientist working in dolphin echolocation and communications. During this 45-minute session, the participants will: - Learn about ocean conservation and marine science as a career in general; - Observe the day to day tasks of a marine scientist working in cetacean (dolphin and whale) acoustics; - Gain insight into a STEM career and learn the steps it takes to become a professional in this area; - Ask interview questions of the STEMExplore expert.

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STEMExplore Virtual Career Connection with a Professional Engineer and Program Manager at U.S. Department of Homeland Security

A STEMExplore Virtual Career Connection with Karin Clarkson, Program Manager at U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C. During this 45-minute session, the participants will: - Learn about national security and engineering as a career in general; - Observe the day to day tasks of a program manager in Homeland Security and a Professional Engineer; - Gain insight into a STEM career and learn the steps it takes to become a professional in this area; - Ask interview questions of the STEMExplore expert.

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STEMExplore Mentor Reflection Guide

Use this worksheet to allow students to reflect on their experience with a STEMExplore mentor after a Virtual Career Connection.

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