iSeahorse Trends: Finding & monitoring seahorse populations
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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
4.8 (62 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
1,522 students enrolled
Created by Project Seahorse
Last updated 12/2014
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Price: Free
This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 3 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What you'll learn
  • 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
Requirements
  • Just come ready to learn!
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.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who visits the sea and sees seahorses in the wild. You don't need to be a diver or a swimmer to participate
Course content
Expand all 7 lectures 55:37
+ Introduction to seahorse biology and conservation
1 lecture 15:40
Introduction to Seahorse Biology and Conservation
15:40
Introduction to seahorse biology and conservation
5 questions
+ How to identify large seahorse species in Southeast Asia
1 lecture 12:20
Identifying large seahorses of Southeast Asia
12:20
Seahorse identification - Southeast Asia
8 questions
+ The iSeahorse Trends survey protocol
5 lectures 27:37
Starting seahorse underwater surveys
06:21

Tips on how to find a potential seahorse survey site

Selecting a survey site
03:00
Starting iSeahorse Trends surveys
5 questions
How to conduct an iSeahorse Trends underwater survey
10:35

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

Recording survey site information
03:49

Tips on how to observe seahorses and collect seahorse data

Recording seahorse information
03:52
Collecting information on seahorses and their habitats
6 questions