[from Deep-Sea Life Vol 12]
Watch The Adventures of Zack and Molly!
ECOGIG video series and learning guide now available to the public!
The Adventures of Zack and Molly is a new, three-part video series about an unlikely duo exploring the deep ocean produced by ECOGIG in collaboration with Sherman’s Lagoon creator and filmmaker Jim Toomey.
Zack is more interested in the small world of his smartphone than the larger world around him. His online request for a roommate is answered by Molly, a tech-savvy Dumbo Octopus on a mission to tell the world about the importance of the deep ocean. Molly wants to use Zack’s apartment for her global communications headquarters, but Zack is skeptical. To win Zack over, Molly takes him to her deep ocean home in the Gulf of Mexico to see its unique features and diverse marine life, and to help him understand how human activities threaten its health.
The LEARNING GUIDE provides discussion points, connections to Next Generation Science Standards, hands-on activities, and further resources.
ECOGIG GLOBAL: ECOSYSTEM IMPACTS OF FLUID AND GAS INPUTS FROM THE GEOSPHERE
The ECOGIG Global Program aims to bring together scientists in a trans-disciplinary framework to discover, examine, and understand the broad implications of fluid discharge on biological and chemical dynamics of ocean systems. Our efforts focus on five themes: Geophysical Drivers; Biological Community Structure; Regulation of Biological Activity; Geochemical Dynamics; and Ocean Connectivity and Resilience. These themes are inter-dependent to varying degrees; our goal is to bridge long-standing gaps between disciplines to promote holistic discovery. Our overall goal is to connect the disciplinary dots to identify the geophysical, climatic, and geochemical drivers that generate variations in biological populations and activity in the sediments and waters influenced by fluid discharge and to constrain the fate of discharged materials in the system.