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    Meet Elevations Foundation Grantee: Ocean First Institute

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    Meet Elevations Foundation Grantee: Ocean First Institute

    Here in Colorado, we are a long way from the ocean. But our rivers flow to both the Atlantic and the Pacific, and the choices we make here can have a global impact. Boulder-based Ocean First Institute is dedicated to ocean conservation through research and education.... READ MORE

    Conservation Corner: Rethinking Our Shopping Habits

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    Conservation Corner: Rethinking Our Shopping Habits

    We’ve been hearing a lot lately about how we can reduce our impact on the planet in every-day ways, like refusing a plastic straw when visiting a restaurant, but one thing we don’t often think of when we hear the word sustainable is the clothing we wear. One way that we can make a positive, simple change is to rethink the way that we purchase clothing.... READ MORE

    Volunteer Spotlight: Lauren Stovall

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    Volunteer Spotlight: Lauren Stovall

    You might recognize this month’s Volunteer Spotlight – Lauren Stovall from one of our many community outreach events throughout the year. Learn more about one of our incredible supporters who truly believes in sharing her passion for the ocean with others to create a better future for our blue planet!... READ MORE

    Out of the Classroom, Into the Field: Belize Expedition

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    Out of the Classroom, Into the Field: Belize Expedition

    Underwater baited cameras, plankton tows, coral transects, and laser photogrammetry devices made up only a portion of the scientific apparatus aboard the Belize Aggressor III, where Kent Denver students performed hands-on citizen science on a recent youth research expedition.... READ MORE

    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