May 20, 2013 6:55 PM by MELISSA CANONE

Lafayette teacher sets sail on Florida reef fish survey

Dr. Elizabeth Nyman, a professor of political science at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, will sail Monday, May 27th to assist scientists on a 12-day survey of reef fish populations around the coast of Florida. Dr. Nyman will participate in this cruise as part of NOAA's Teacher at Sea Program, which bridges science and education through real-world research experiences.

"I am tremendously excited about the opportunity to gain fisheries research experience on board one of NOAA's vessels," says Dr. Nyman. "I have often talked with students about NOAA's work, and hope that this will inspire them to consider marine research or marine policymaking as a future career prospect. I am grateful to NOAA and the Teacher at Sea Program for this incredible opportunity."

Dr. Nyman boards the NOAA Ship Pisces on May 27 in Tampa, Florida, and she will assist scientists daily as they conduct an on-going study of reef fish species in the southeastern United States. Dr. Nyman is writing a blog about her experience, accessible at:

"NOAA's Teacher at Sea Program gives teachers the professional opportunity of a lifetime with a chance to participate in cutting edge science, on the ocean, working side-by-side with world-renowned scientists," says Jennifer Hammond, the program's director. "Teachers describe this authentic research experience as transformative and one that allows them to bring new knowledge and excitement back to their classrooms."

Now in its 23rd year, the program has provided over 650 teachers the opportunity to gain first-hand experience participating in science at sea. This year, NOAA received applications from more than 250 teachers, and chose 25 to participate in research cruises. The educators chosen are able to enrich their curricula with the depth of understanding they gain by living and working side-by-side with scientists studying the marine environment.
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For more information:

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