Local Teacher Sets Sail with NOAA

EUGENE, Ore. – A local teacher plans to set sail for a 19-day surveying trip in Alaska, Monday.

Julia Harvey, a science teacher at South Eugene High School, will assist the scientists on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Oscar Dyson ship for a 19-day survey of Alaskan Pollock. Harvey will participate in this cruise as part of NOAA’s Teacher at Sea Program.

“Through my experience with NOAA, my students will not only be able to learn first-hand about exciting research projects at sea, they will be witnesses to them, and on some level, participants in them,” says Harvey. “My voyage will also provide my students the opportunity to explore oceanic career opportunities as I interact with members of the crew and scientific team.”

Harvey will assist scientists as they conduct an on-going population survey of Alaskan walleye pollock, the nation’s largest single-species fishery.

“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.

Harvey will leave from Kodiak on July 22 and return August 9. To follow her blog during the trip, click here.

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