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    Creature Feature: Great White Sharks

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    Creature Feature: Great White Sharks

    A massive Great White Shark appeared off the coast of Hawaii a few weeks ago and researchers identified her as “Deep Blue” a shark that was previously filmed and tagged thousands of miles away in Guadalupe Island off Mexico.... READ MORE

    Ocean Conservation in Colorado?

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    Ocean Conservation in Colorado?

    This is one of the main questions asked at Ocean First Institute community outreach events. While there is quite some distance from the mountains of Colorado to the ocean shorelines, it is easy to forget the interconnectedness of the world’s waterways. Our actions in Colorado affect marine life all across the globe.... READ MORE

    Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Symposium: The Ocean is Calling

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    Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Symposium: The Ocean is Calling

    Did you know that the first female four-star general of the Air Force went to school for engineering? Not only that, but General Janet Wolfenbarger earned two Master of Science degrees. Talk about a role model! How about Rosie the Riveter – did you know that women went to work in manufacturing during World War II? Ms. Mae Krier stepped up to support the war effort and built aircraft. How cool is it that she can say that she built a B-17 Flying Fortress? Ladies: there are no limits to what you can achieve because of the many women like these two who have paved the way.... READ MORE

    Ocean First Institute Receives Sea of Change Foundation Grant for Shark and Ray Research in Costa Rica

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    Ocean First Institute Receives Sea of Change Foundation Grant for Shark and Ray Research in Costa Rica

    In an on-going effort to support marine conservation across the scuba diving community, the Sea of Change Foundation is pleased to support the Ocean First Institute’s shark and ray conservation project in Costa Rica.... READ MORE

    Dreamer Scholars Take A Virtual Trip to the Ocean!

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    Dreamer Scholars Take A Virtual Trip to the Ocean!

    Through a partnership with the “I Have a Dream” Foundation of Boulder County, Ocean First Institute visited with students from Columbine Elementary over four weeks to connect the scholars with marine life and issues facing our planet today. Students were able to touch real shark jaws, dissect albatross boluses, and even go on virtual dives through the waters of Indonesia!... READ MORE

    Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza and Ocean First Institute Receive National Recognition!

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    Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza and Ocean First Institute Receive National Recognition!

    Congratulations go to our Executive Director, Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza, on receiving the Blue Friend of the Year Award! This was Loggerhead Marine Life Center’s Ninth Annual Go Blue Award Luncheon, recognizing businesses, nonprofits, and individuals who have promoted, implemented, or contributed to a “Blue” lifestyle of marine conservation.... READ MORE

    Scientists Investing in Education and a Better Future

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    Scientists Investing in Education and a Better Future

    Over the past three years, Ocean First Institute (OFI) has helped over 3,000 local youth discover the wonders of our ocean. From virtual SCUBA diving to dissections, from local community action projects to mock field research exercises, scientists with OFI have given students the opportunity to explore the fields of marine science & conservation right here in the mountains of Colorado.... READ MORE

    Landlocked Researcher is a Shark’s Best Friend

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    Landlocked Researcher is a Shark’s Best Friend

    You couldn’t be much further from the ocean, and sharks, than Colorado. Yet it’s here that the Ocean First Institute in Boulder has become one of the marine animal’s most fervent benefactors.... READ MORE

    Creature Feature: Coral

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    Creature Feature: Coral

    Recent research has revealed the dire state of our planet’s coral reefs. Coral bleaching and reef death are occurring at an unprecedented rate. That being said, do we give up just because things look bleak? No! It inspires new minds and bodies to take action and do their part to learn about and protect these precious species and ecosystems.... READ MORE

    Connecting Youth with the Ocean

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    Connecting Youth with the Ocean

    Our Executive Director, Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza, recently had the opportunity to join the Misión Tiburón team in Costa Rica to participate in a special shark education event.... READ MORE