Monday, September 22, 2014
Marine ecosystems worldwide are affected by ‘marine debris’, human-produced rubbish mostly made up of plastics. Marine debris includes consumer items such as glass or plastic bottles, cans, bags, balloons, rubber, metal fibreglass, and other manufactured materials that end up in our ocean.
CSIRO recently released a new report after three years of research that sheds light on the source of Australian coastal debris, and the impact it is having on our marine friends. The research found the major source of rubbish on Australian beaches came from Australia.
As the largest and most comprehensive research project of its kind, this survey forms an integral part of TeachWild, a marine debris research and education program developed by Earthwatch in partnership with CSIRO and Shell Australia’s National Social Investment Program.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Earthwatch scientist Demian Chapman has researched sharks off the coast of Belize for two decades. He has seen these animals, which fascinated him since his childhood in New Zealand, get destroyed by the lucrative trade in shark fins, a delicacy in some Asian countries. But soon these share populations could rebound, thanks in part to his work. Armed with creativity and expertise, Dr. Chapman fought a hard battle get five shark species protected under CITES—the Convention on International Trade and Endangered Species—which has more than 160 member countries.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Many citizen science programs exist across the world, but often they do not interact with each other. This lack of communication has inspired two marine monitoring programs – Newcastle University’s Big Sea Survey in the U.K. and Earthwatch’s ClimateWatch program in Australia – to join forces and create Oceans Connected.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Six enthusiastic citizen scientists returned from a trip to Lady Elliot Island in the Great Barrier Reef in June. The Earthwatch research team was involved in diving and snorkelling to photograph individual manta rays for identification as part of Project Manta. This trip identified 28 mantas, along with 3 possible new individuals, which will now be documented as part of the Manta Identification Database.
Friday, June 13, 2014
We are excited to announce the first three of nine new expeditions that kick off in 2015. Join us to study and explore the coral reefs of the Cayman Islands, the desert of Joshua Tree National Park in California, or the oceans of South Africa. Get up close to sharks, tropical fish, and desert lizards, and help protect the fragile landscapes that all these species call home.
Monday, April 07, 2014
It started with a tweet. Ms. Katie Kappler, a sixth-grade environmental science teacher from Plymouth, Indiana, reached out to Earthwatch on Twitter, looking for a scientist to speak to her students on coral reefs and rainforests. Since 1971, Earthwatch has worked hard to execute its mission of delivering enthusiastic citizen scientists to field research. This tweet opened up a perfect window for us to take our mission to educate right into to the classroom.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Australian Sea Week, which runs every year from March 3rd to 7th, was a big week for Earthwatch Australia! It was a time to shine a light on national marine science and conservation programs.
Sunday, March 02, 2014
Earthwatch’s pioneering freshwater research programme to study and protect global water quality is going from success to success as a second major company joins and we recruit more than 1,500 Citizen Science Leaders.
Friday, January 24, 2014
Dr. Kathy Townsend, the lead scientist on Earthwatch’s Project Manta expedition, is urging Australians to do more than just enjoy the ocean this summer (December through February in the Southern Hemisphere). She has asked divers and snorkelers along Australia’s east and west coasts to photograph the undersides of manta rays, each of which has unique markings on its belly, so scientists can identify and protect more of these threatened creatures.
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
The Earthwatch Community Fellows program helps locals get actively involved in our expeditions, enabling them to conserve the habitat in their own backyards. It builds and nurtures trust between the scientists and the community—an invaluable step that can go a long way in fragile environments.