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JASON Operation Resilient Planet-Ecology - Your students' scientific mission is to investigate the biological, chemical and physical interactions and resiliency of ecosystems, here on the Great Lakes Basin, the Oceans and the planet! Your students' primary goal is to ensure successful conservation and restoration efforts. Students use scientific research of real scientists to find answers: What is really going on with the invasive species of Zebra and Quagga mussels on the Great Lakes? Can coral reef organisms attached to salt domes and oil platforms have a stable environment at Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary? How is the health of the estuarine system found in Chesapeake Bay? Are there really pristine environments left on the planet? Can the monitoring of whale sounds in Stellwagon National Marine Sanctuary really give us clues about the ecology of the area? What kind of ecological environment has the Titanic become?

Join Host Researchers Dr. Robert D. Ballard, scientist and National Geographic Explorer; Dr. Russell Cuhel of the UWM-Great Lakes WATER Institute; Dr Enrich Sala of SCRIPPS, Dr. Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Explorer, Dr. Leila Hatch of Stellwagon National Marine Sanctuary, and Wisconsin's own Teacher Argonaut, Randy Watts from David Star Lutheran School in Jackson; and Student Argonaut, Conrad McDonald from Washington Island. Your students will compare and contrast ecosystems and the importance for maintaining ecologically healthy environments. JASON uses a multimedia approach: print curriculum, online interactions, video, and a "live" broadcast. For more information visit



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