Participants at our 2020 Ocean Sciences Data Labs workshop.

Our mini workshop at the 2020 Ocean Sciences meeting included 32 participants and 10 presenters from across the US and beyond.

Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020

Data Labs: Using OOI Data to Engage Students in Oceanography

Sunday, February 16, 2020
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


At the Ocean Sciences 2020 meeting in San Diego, the Ocean Data Labs team facilitated an National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored workshop focused on the integration of Ocean Observing Initiative (OOI) data into undergraduate teaching of oceanography themes and concepts.

Participants explored a collection of Data Labs created by oceanography professors who attended the 2019 OOI Data Lab Development Workshops;  and discussed how to effectively integrate OOI data and activities into introductory oceanography and Earth and environmental science courses.


By the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn about the OOI program and the key science questions it addresses.
  • Access existing tools and resources designed to integrate OOI data into teaching.
  • Learn how to effectively incorporate OOI Data Labs into your classes.
  • Network with other professors interested in using oceanographic data in undergraduate classrooms.

Workshop Agenda

Time Topic, Objectives & Activities
8:00 Continental Breakfast Available
8:30 Registration/Introductions
9:00 Introduction to the Ocean Data Labs Project
Overview of project components

The OOI Today: An introduction to its history and the science it supports
Understand what the OOI was designed to do and why

10:15 Coffee/Snack Break
10:30 Where does OOI data fit into my teaching?
Understand how OOI can be integrated into undergraduate teaching with a case study example on Primary Production.

11:15 Explore the Existing Data Labs Collection
Hands on exploration of the Data Labs online collection of Data Explorations

Example Data Explorations

  1. Exploration – Chlorophyll across the year
  2. Application – Chlorophyll in and off shore
  3. Exploration – Processes that Change Salinity
  4. Application – Changes in Salinity with Depth
  5. Exploration – Seismic Features at a Seamount
  6. Application – Geological Features of a Seamount – 2
12:30 Catered Lunch
1:00 Teaching with Data Note: This session was skipped for time
What is it like for learners to work with information that is new and overwhelming?

1:30 New OOI Data Lab Introductions
Lightning talks by the developers of six new Data labs

2:00 Hands-on exploration of New OOI Data Labs
Participants choice of small group discussions led by developers of the new Data Labs
3:00 Break
3:15-4:00 Reflection/Evaluation and What’s Next?

Interested in more? We encourage you to check out the OOI Data Labs and other Ocean Observatories Initiative related sessions, talks, posters and Town Halls that occurred at Ocean Sciences 2020.

Workshop Participants

  • Alexander Wurm, Western New England University, Springfield, MA
  • Alicia Uribe L, Autonomous University,Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
  • Anthony Foyle, Penn State Erie – The Behrend College, Erie, PA
  • Aya Saad, Norges teknisk-naturvitenskaplige universitet, Trondheim, Norway
  • Catherine Hill, Arizona Western College, Yuma, AZ
  • Clayton Mazur, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
  • Cristian Hakspiel, Autonomous University of Baja California, Mexico
  • Cristina Cardona, Community College of Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD
  • Dalton Hardisty, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • Edward Dever, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
  • Elizabeth Harvey, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
  • Gabriela Cervantes, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
  • Heili Lowman, University of California Santa Barbara, CA
  • Jennifer Johns, Chemeketa Community College Salem, OR
  • Jose Valencia, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
  • Lena Schulze Chretien, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL
  • Lisa Yon, Palomar College, San Marcos, CA
  • Luciana Frazao, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo Brazil
  • Lucile Gaultier, Ocean Data Lab, France
  • Luisa Galgani, Center for Colloid and Surface Science, University of Siena, Italy
  • Maria Kavanaugh, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
  • Mariana Cupul, Autonomous University, Baja California, Mexico
  • Paul Haberstroh, Mohave Community College,Lake Havasu City, AZ
  • Piper Bartlett-Browne, St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Dover, NH
  • Qian Li, University of New South Wales, Kensington, Australia
  • Robert Rector, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA
  • Roman de Jesus, Fullerton College, Fullerton, CA
  • Rus Higley, Highline College, Des Moines, WA
  • Sam Wilson, University Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
  • Sasha Peter Carter, Miramar College, San Diego, CA
  • Tetyana Margolina, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
  • Yadong Zeng, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Peer Presenters

  • Anna Pfeiffer-Herbert, Stockton University
  • Denise Bristol, Hillsborough Community College
  • Benjamin Jordan, Brigham Young University-Hawaii
  • Dina Disantis, Montgomery County Community College
  • Mikelle Nuwer, University of Washington
  • Rachel Eveleth, Oberlin College
  • Richard Dixon, Texas State University, San Marcos
  • Robert Rhew, University of California-Berkeley


  • Janice McDonnell, Rutgers University – New Brunswick
  • Sage Lichtenwalner (@visualocean), Rutgers University – New Brunswick
  • Christine Bean, Rutgers University – New Brunswick