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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.
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|Section 1: Introduction to seahorse biology and conservation|
Introduction to Seahorse Biology and Conservation
Introduction to seahorse biology and conservation
|Section 2: How to identify large seahorse species in Southeast Asia|
Identifying large seahorses of Southeast Asia
Seahorse identification - Southeast Asia
|Section 3: The iSeahorse Trends survey protocol|
Starting seahorse underwater surveys
Tips on how to find a potential seahorse survey site
Starting iSeahorse Trends surveys
How to conduct an iSeahorse Trends underwater survey
Tips on how to describe a survey site, and record relevant information about the site
Tips on how to observe seahorses and collect seahorse data
Collecting information on seahorses and their habitats
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.