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Darwin and the Adventure: Sailing, Science and Outreach in South America
 

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Talk I gave on the Darwin and the Adventure project in Brazil to the Duke University Marine Lab on October 23, 2009.

Talk I gave on the Darwin and the Adventure project in Brazil to the Duke University Marine Lab on October 23, 2009.

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    • Darwin and the Adventure Science, Sailing and Outreach in South America Kevin Zelnio
    • The HMS Beagle Project
      • “ The new Beagle will sail the world in Darwin's wake, and will inspire global audiences through unique public engagement and learning programmes, and original scientific research in evolutionary biology, biodiversity and climate change.”
      • http://thebeagleproject.com
    • The HMS Beagle Project
      • “ The new Beagle will sail the world in Darwin's wake, and will inspire global audiences through unique public engagement and learning programmes, and original scientific research in evolutionary biology, biodiversity and climate change.”
      • http://thebeagleproject.com
    • Darwin and the Adventure
      • Partners
        • British Council (Darwin Now)
        • NASA
        • Tocorim é
        • South American Universities
        • National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
        • Municipality of Paraty
    • Paraty, Brazil
    • Darwin and the Adventure
      • Goals:
        • Celebrate
        • Discuss
        • Sail
        • Connect
        • Learn
        • Promote
    • Celebrate: Darwin’s Legacy
      • Presentations for local youth
      • Teacher’s workshop
    • Celebrate: Darwin’s Legacy
      • Beagle Voyage
      • Importance of South America to Darwin’s ideas
      • Science at sea
      • Climate change
    • Discuss: Workshop
      • Census of Marine Life & Consortium for the Barcoding of Life
      • Representatives from Brazil, Chil é, Argentina, Venezuela, Ecuador
    • Discuss: Workshop
      • Objective - Discuss the potential for modern science in a new age of sail
      • Outcome: Commitment to form an overarching international research program centered around a “ Biodiversity Without Borders ” theme in coordination with national research objectives
    • Sail: The Spirit of Adventure
      • Goal: Establish the feasibility of modern scientific techniques aboard a traditionally rigged tall ship
    • Sail: The Spirit of Adventure
      • DNA Barcoding
      • Plankton Tows
    • Connect: From Space to the students...
      • Brazilian students connect with Mike Barrett on the ISS
    • Connect: DNA and Evolution
      • Historical connection between Darwin, his ideas, and Brazil
      • Presentation and translation of NHM materials by Instituto Sangari
      • Demonstrated DNA extraction with kitchen ingredients and local Cuchaca
    • Learn: Forming an educational program from the experience
      • ~60 local schoolchildren participated in educational activities around the program, including the opportunity to speak directly to astronauts aboard the ISS
      • Children became ambassadors for Darwin in their own classrooms!
      • Continuing support by the Instituto Sangari
      • Teacher’s learned how to conduct scientific investigations in their “natural laboratory” and received resources for kitchen science experiments and educational funding
    • Promote: Media Campaign
      • South American news outlets
        • 30 min. news special to be aired
      • Social media outreach
        • Twitter: #BeagleinBrazil
        • Deep Sea News and Beagle Project blogs
      • NASA press releases
      • ARISS
      • Astronaut Mike Barrett
    • Promote: Media Campaign
    • A New Age of Sail
      • Sailing ships declined after mid 19th century
      • Skysails report 20% fuel consumption savings
      • Wine shipping
    • Modern Science in a New Age of Sail
      • Sailing vessels as beacons of science
        • Media magnets, Science in the public gaze
        • Total media coverage value of €300 million during the Götheborg sail to China with 300,000 visitors
      • Maneuverable in shallow water, close to coasts, fjords, channels
      • Less polluting, lower noise, more “eco”
      • Platform for small AUVs
      • Lightweight trawls/winches only
        • Depth limited