Latest Extension & Outreach Activities
KIDS’ FRESHWATER FISHING DERBY AND NATURE WALKS (Sat., 4/8/17). Derby competitors 5-16 years old were welcome to the Masso Reservoir for a day of fishing for ahgao and umatang. Other activities included guided walks to learn about the area’s native trees and plants for amot (Chamorro medicine) and two stations where people could make their own hook/line fishing gear and learn about non-hook and line fishing set-ups.
SCIENCE SUNDAY: LIFE HISTORY PARAMETERS AND THE EVOLUTION GENETIC STATUS OF ANGUILLA MARMORATA FROM GUAM (Sun., 1/15/17). Sean Moran, a UOG graduate student in Biology and Sea Grant Fellow, researches life history and genetics of a Guam freshwater eel (Anguilla mamorata). Learn more about this species, which comprises a valuable island subsistence fishery. Sponsored by Guam Community Coral Reef Monitoring Program and National Park Service.
2016 Outreach Activities
NÅ’AN GUIHAN SIHA, OR CHAMORRO FISH I.D. (Sat., 11/19/16). This family-friendly workshop reviewed a brief history of Tomhom, scientific and Chamorro organism classification systems, and Chamorro names for animals found in the bay. Participants then played a special version of fish bingo to practice both their fish identification and Chamorro skills. (Flyer: UOGSG_Fish ID_111916)
K-12 OUTREACH: CREATING EFFECTIVE GUEST PRESENTATIONS (Mon., 10/3/16). Being an effective guest speaker in Guam’s public schools requires planning, practice, and a sense of adventure! This workshop convened a panel of committed, experienced teachers, representing schools from all over the island, who provided tips on how keep students inspired and engaged! (Flyer: UOGSG_K12_Outreach_Creating Effective Guest Presentations_100316)
MARITIME ARCHAEOLOGY: CULTURAL HERITAGE OF COMMUNITIES (Sat., 3/19/16). At this interactive workshop, participants learned about the field of maritime archaeology, the experience of doing underwater research, and about local shipwreck and fish weir (trap) sites. The workshop ended with attendees practicing two research techniques on land, just like ones archaeologists use. (Flyer: UOGSG_Maritime Archaeology_031916)
SCIENCE SUNDAY: ENDOLITHIC ALGAE, WHAT’S ON THE INSIDE COUNTS (Sun., 2/21/16). Endolithic algae are organisms that live inside the skeletons of live and dead corals. Adrian Kense, a graduate student at UOG’s Marine Lab and Sea Grant Fellow, researches the diversity of these microscopic algal communities using environmental DNA sequencing. Learn more about endolithic algae and why they’re important for our coral reefs. Sponsored by Guam Community Coral Reef Monitoring Program and National Park Service. (Flyer: UOGSG_Science Sunday_Endolithic Algae_022116 and the presentation hand-out: UOGSG_Kense_Boring algae are not so boring_2016 )
TIDES: THE SCIENCE AND CULTURAL IMPACTS OF WAVES (Sat., 2/6/16). As island residents, tides affect what we do and how we live on the coastline. Historically, tides have been integral to Chamorro culture and its changes over time. At this interactive workshop, participants learned about what causes tides, how to read tide charts and therefore improve personal water safety, and how Chamorro people have been affected by and use the tides. (Flyer here: UOGSG Tides_Science and Culture_020616)
UOG Sea Grant is an active collaborator with the Guam Nature Alliance, a group of governmental and nongovernmental representatives who coordinate activities that enhance public knowledge about Guam’s natural resources. These activities are usually free or very low cost; sometimes transportation is provided to locations. For more information about upcoming activities, check out the Guam Nature Alliance Facebook page here. You do not have to be a Facebook member to look at the page.
Among its many diverse members, the Guam Nature Alliance includes representatives from the Guam Department of Agriculture, the Bureau of Statistics and Plans, Guam Environmental Protection Agency, Guam Waterworks Authority, and the Guam office for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.