Global Heartbeat in the Atlantic
Sixteen enthusiastic scientists and educators descended upon the serene island of Bermuda for a Global Heartbeat Training Workshop in August 2002.
The program was hosted at the Bermuda Biological Station for Research, one of the founders of the Global Heartbeat.
They attended presentations on topics such as blue crab research in the Gulf of Mexico, the relationship between oceans and human health, and techniques
used for the rapid assessment of marine pollution. They toured the Bio Station's Aquaculture Lab (http://www.bbsr.edu/Studies_of_Bermuda_s_Air___Wat/aquaculture/aquacu lture.html) to learn about the rearing of calico and Bermuda scallops.
Hands-on practice with the CAPMON system was also on the agenda, and for the first time, the system was used to monitor the
heartbeat of a spiny lobster.
Participants also discovered how the beautiful but elusive Sally Lightfoot crabs scurrying along the
Bermuda shores got their name. These critters seemed to have been born with caffeine in their blood, and always managed to outcrawl, outhide and outrun the silly, net-waving humans who were after them.
There were also opportunities for brainstorming sessions and reviewing the
draft Global Heartbeat curriculum. Participants will continue to discuss their ideas for the program's development this fall in a special online meeting place on the Global Heartbeat website
Thanks to the following organizations who participated in the training:
Bermuda Biological Station for Research http://www.bbsr.edu
The College of Exploration (Virginia) http://www.coexploration.org
Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo http://www.bamz.org
University of Southern California Sea Grant http://www.usc.edu/org/seagrant/seagrant.html
Universityof Maryland Biotechnology Institute - Center of Marine Biotechnology http://www.umbi.umd.edu/~comb/
East Lyme High School (Connecticut) http://www.eastlymeschool.org/_elhs/
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (Virginia) http://www.tjhsst.edu
Center for Fisheries Research and Development - University of Southern Mississippi http://www.coms.usm.edu/cftd/
J.L.Scott Marine Education Center and Aquarium (Mississippi) http://www.aquarium.usm.edu/
Missisippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortiu, http://www.masgc.org
University of Plymouth (UK) http://www.plym.ac.uk
Virginia Insititute of Marine Science http://www.vims.edu