PB at GUE Conference and DEMA
Project Baseline’s staff will be in Florida this coming week. Come visit with us at the GUE Conference in Gainesville, Florida (November 8-11). We will have a table at Saturday’s event and Todd Kincaid will be leading a field trip down the Santa Fe River on Monday.
If you are in Orlando, come by and attend one of Todd’s talks about Project Baseline at DEMA. His first talk is sponsored by Global Underwater Explorers on Nov. 13th from 1:30 – 2:15PM. The second talk will be Friday from 3 – 4 PM invited by SDI/TDI and sponsored by International Training. You can get more info on our Facebook event page.
Welcome to Project Baseline. We’ve had a few new teams this month with data collected, from Bahrain, Scotland and the Netherlands. Check out our blog to find out who they are and where they’re working. Read more…
FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Since last month, while Kristie has been working hard as usual to manage our database and help our teams with data collection and submission, Diana and I have focused most of our time on outreach and engagement. We’ve developed and will be releasing a new informational flyer describing Project Baseline, what we do, why we do it, and how to get involved. Check out an online version here. I hope all of you will distribute the link as widely as possible and we’ll be standing by to supply our teams with the source files and a PDF advertising the online version that we’re already finding to be a hit with people trying to reduce paper waste.
I’ve been on the road quite a bit as well. In October, I had the great opportunity to travel to Seattle (a pretty short trip for me in Reno) to meet with Guy Shockey and the folks at Eight Diving Co. to help expand team-Seattle’s Project Baseline work. They have a great crew there, top-notch shop and dive boat, and very cool diving and Project Baseline documentation and collaboration opportunities. The Marine Science and Technology Center (MaST) graciously hosted us to deliver a talk on Project Baseline at their facility located on a pier over Poverty Bay in Puget Sound. Thanks to MaST and Eight Diving Co., I was able to talk to an energetic and diverse group of divers about Project Baseline and why divers need to become more actively involved in conservation of underwater ecosystems. The talk seemed very well received and I’m looking forward to seeing their team and Project Baseline efforts grow in the Puget Sound area. I’m also very excited to report that Eight Diving Co. has become the first Dive Shop to formally support PB and I’m looking forward to working with them to develop a model for support that we can export to other dive shops around the world.
I’m now on the go again now, this time in Florida. Last night, I presented Project Baseline and examples of our teams and missions around the world to a group of mostly college students and a few old friends whom I hadn’t seen in a while at the University of Miami Diving Club. The UM club is super active. They’re diving the south Florida reefs nearly every weekend that the weather permits so its super exciting to think about how they could engage with Project Baseline and greatly expand our footprint and efforts in South Florida. Huge thanks to their President, Patrick Kiel, for the invitation and opportunity.
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