Feb. 17: Science Sunday with Christine Fejeran

Join us for Science Sunday this weekend! Sunday, February 17 at 2pm at the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center in Sumay. This month we feature Christine Fejeran, Cooperative Fire Program Manager, with Guam Dept. of Agriculture’s Forestry Division. Christine and her team want to hear from all of you – our island community! It’s all about Wildfire Preparedness and Community-driven Action. But wait, what does wildfire preparedness have to do with coral reefs? Wildfires that burn on our hills means that we have less trees and plants to absorb rainwater. And when it rains, a lot of that bare soil washes into our rivers and eventually out to our reefs.

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Wildfires harm our communities and our environment.   Photo courtesy of C. Fejeran.

Learn more about erosion impacts to Guam’s reefs and how our community can help here.

Guam Forestry and partners will discuss and share ideas with attendees to develop a strong and effective day of action for our various community groups from schools, civic groups, community centers, villages, to the greater island populace.  The time for proactive change is now by taking responsibility for our risks and preventing catastrophic wildfires. Here’s your chance to ask questions.

We hope to see you there! Learn more about the Guam Forestry Team and their work to protect our island’s resources and our communities. Follow them on Facebook or Instagram (@guamforestry).

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Science Sunday: Coral genetics on Guam?

It’s time for another great Science Sunday! Check it out this weekend on Nov. 18 at 2pm at the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center.  Dr. Sarah Lemer is this month’s guest speaker. Get a preview of this Science Sunday here.  How does coral genetics research help with reef conservation? Watch this video to find out.

Guam has experienced mass coral bleaching over the past five years from high water temperatures. Though many corals died from these bleaching events, some corals survived. Dr. Sarah Lemer, an evolutionary biologist, seeks to find out which genes in these surviving corals make them resilient to bleaching. Dr. Lemer is a member of Guam’s EPSCoR research team at the University of Guam. 

Science Sunday is free and open to the public. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis. No pre-registration required.

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Oct. 21: Science Sunday at 2pm

Science Sunday
October 21,2018 –  2pm
at the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center

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 Cruz and CIS team celebrate the passing Plastic Bag Ban bill by distributing reusable bags at Payless Supermarkets. Courtesy of P. Cruz.

Have you heard about the Center for Island Sustainability (CIS)? Phillip Cruz, University of Guam’s (UOG) Sustainability Coordinator, will share their mission and how they work with our community to live more sustainably. From recycling to composting, Cruz and the CIS team work with students, local businesses, and many others to be better stewards of Guam’s natural environment.

This event is free and open to the public. No pre-registration needed. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis.  For more info, email gureefmonitoring@gmail.com or call 333-4050.

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April 17: Don’t miss special guest from NOAA Okeanos Explorer

Join us for this Science Sunday as we welcome a visiting guest speaker – Kelley Elliott,  part of the NOAA Okeanos Explorer crew.  The Okeanos Explorer will spend some time docking in Guam and Saipan this summer on their upcoming missions to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument.  An awesome way to celebrate Earth Month and learn about unique underwater features of the Marianas!

There will be time to ask questions, share experiences, and connect with Kelley Elliott.  Share with your family, friends, co-workers, everybody! No need to sign up – just show up.

Service learning credit is available.  Students can attend Science Sunday talk, write-up a summary of talk, and share reflection/summary with program coordinator to be posted on this website.

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