iSeahorse Trends: Finding & monitoring seahorse populations

Would you like to be a citizen scientist? Learn how to survey wild seahorses to help seahorse conservation and research
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  • Lectures 7
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 12/2014 English

Course Description

iSeahorse harnesses the power of “citizen scientists” — anyone, anywhere in the world who sees a seahorse in the wild — to improve our understanding of these animals and protect them from overfishing and other threats. These citizen scientists include divers, photographers, scientists, and other nature lovers. You don’t need to be a scuba diver to monitor seahorses; it is possible to find and count seahorses while snorkeling or walking along the shore at low tide as well. More than seahorse sightings, we want to find out if seahorse populations are declining, increasing, or staying stable through time, to monitor seahorse population trends. Through this course, you will learn how to contribute to the conservation of seahorses and their habitats by monitoring seahorse populations and sharing your data with iSeahorse. The data you collect will enable researchers to track population status, reveal potential impacts from human activities and discover new aspects of seahorse biology. Are you ready to get started?

Course length = 55min

This course is based on the iSeahorse Trends toolkit by T.-L. Loh, S. Foster and C. Knapp. Special thanks to M. Grzybek, R. Pollom, S. Finestone and K. Furnweger for reviewing course content and to Shedd P&D for graphic artwork and video editing.

What are the requirements?

  • Just come ready to learn!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of the course, you will be able to survey seahorse populations in the wild
  • Course objectives:
  • Learn how to find possible locations for seahorses
  • Understand how citizen scientists can contribute data for conservation and research
  • Identify different species of seahorses
  • Be able to collect data on seahorses and their habitat underwater and submit data to iSeahorse

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone who visits the sea and sees seahorses in the wild. You don't need to be a diver or a swimmer to participate

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction to seahorse biology and conservation
Introduction to Seahorse Biology and Conservation
15:40
Introduction to seahorse biology and conservation
5 questions
Section 2: How to identify large seahorse species in Southeast Asia
Identifying large seahorses of Southeast Asia
12:20
Seahorse identification - Southeast Asia
8 questions
Section 3: The iSeahorse Trends survey protocol
Starting seahorse underwater surveys
06:21
03:00

Tips on how to find a potential seahorse survey site

Starting iSeahorse Trends surveys
5 questions
How to conduct an iSeahorse Trends underwater survey
10:35
03:49

Tips on how to describe a survey site, and record relevant information about the site

03:52

Tips on how to observe seahorses and collect seahorse data

Collecting information on seahorses and their habitats
6 questions

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Instructor Biography

Tse-Lynn Loh, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Shedd Aquarium

Dr. Tse-Lynn Loh continues Shedd Aquarium’s regional efforts in Southeast Asia through a joint position co-supervised by Shedd’s longtime conservation partner, Project Seahorse. Dr. Loh is working in Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia to generate species distribution maps of all seahorses and establish new long-term study sites. She has extensive experience with public outreach in Southeast Asia, including cofounding a marine conservation organization in Singapore that has introduced thousands of Singaporeans to life along their local shorelines, which makes her an ideal candidate to develop a new citizen science seahorse monitoring program in the region. She received her PhD in marine biology in 2012 from the University of North Carolina−Wilmington.

Instructor Biography

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