5 May 11

The South Reef in WhyReef was damaged by the 2nd ecosystem collapse caused by overfishing. The reef slowly changed in appearance and composition over a period of several weeks and when the reef was at its most degraded the "Save the Reef" activities were launched. Whyvillians were asked to identify the cause of the catastrophe and then to affect the state of the unhealthy reef. Whyvillians used the Reef Simulator module and their WhyReef EOL Journal to test their hypotheses about the reef perturbation and develop solutions that they could implement through civic action.

27 Apr 11

While Conservation Connection is a digital program, the teens in Chicago and Suva have also been experiencing the "real" to learn about coral reef biology and conservation through field trips and labs. These included a trip to the Suva Fish Market, fish dissections, DNA extractions, a trip to the Wild Reef Exhibit at the Shedd Aquarium, a trip to the Indiana Dunes National Lake Shore, and a snorkel trip to the Navakavu reefs. Check out all the video footage of these activities on FijiReef.

27 Apr 11

Mark Westneat received an iPlant subaward for iPlant tree of life visualization.

20 Apr 11

Audrey Aronowsky, Torsten Dikow, and Josh Drew attended the NSF-sponsored Synthesis Centers Postdoctoral Researcher Summit, hosted by NESCent in Durham, NC.

19 Apr 11

A Taxonomy, systematics, and biosystematics NSF supplement was awarded to Mark Westneat and Joshua Drew for two summer internships for high school students from under-represented areas in Chicago.