Global Heartbeat Comes to Chesapeake Bay

   In June 2002, about a dozen scientists and educators participated in a Global Heartbeat Training Workshop at the Center of Marine Biotechnology (COMB) University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute in Baltimore, MD. Hosted by Maryland Sea Grant Extension Program, participants were introduced to the program through presentations on bioindicators and crab physiology, were treated to a tour of the aquaculture laboratory, and learned how to use the Capmon technology to measure the heart rates of blue crabs. The College of Exploration and the University of Plymouth (UK) facilitated the training.

     The workshop provided a complementary blend of science and education. Area high school teachers reviewed the draft Global Heartbeat curriculum, which focuses on oceans and health, and offered many innovative ideas on how to bring the program alive for students. Scientists from COMB were interested in learning how the health of Chesapeake Bay crabs compares with those raised in the aquaculture lab, and they will continue to develop procedures and experiments using the Capmon procedure. Maryland Sea Grant will be hosting another teacher training session this summer.


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