Education Activities and Public Discussion

ASLO 2019 Education Fair

Date: Wednesday, 27 February 2019
Time: 09:00 to 10:45
Location: Exhibit Hall A

Local middle school and high school students and teachers will participate in an education fair. This will include approximately 20 stations with aquatic science demonstrations and materials from organizations related to the aquatic sciences and conservation efforts. Teachers will receive activity manuals and will be advised on how to incorporate these activities and materials into their curriculum.

High School Poster Session

Date: Wednesday, 27 February 2019
Time: 09:00 to 10:45
Location: Exhibit Hall A
This is an opportunity for high school students to present their own research. This event is in conjunction with the ASLO 2019 Education Fair. During this poster session, high school scientists will have the opportunity to describe their work and to receive positive feedback from some of the scientists in attendance at the meeting.

Public Discussion – What Can Aquatic Scientists Do for You?

Date: Wednesday, 27 February 2019
Time: 18:00 to 19:30
Location: Ballroom A (PRCC)

A panel of aquatic scientists and science communicators will respond to suggestions, comments, and questions from the public audience and community stakeholders. While the aquatic science research community has had limited success in communicating scientific results to the general public, the goal of this discussion is to seek advice and input from the public.  There are many environmental problems that diminish the value of the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. Aquatic scientists would like the greater Puerto Rican community to help improve science communication, so we can all understand and improve the use of these valuable resources. Translators will be available that evening to help facilitate discussion among the audience and the panelists.

Moderator: Bob Chen

Panelists and Area of Expertise:

Jon Sharp, Professor Emeritus, University of Delaware: Estuarine Biogeochemistry
Brian Palermo, Actor, Comedian: Improvisation, Science Communication
Mike Pace, President of ASLO, University of Virginia: Aquatic Ecology
Marie Thoms, Minnesota SeaGrant: Communications and Public Relations Manager
Maritza Barreto, University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras: Marine Geology and Coastal Processes
Jorge Ortiz, University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras: Limnology, Water Management

We ask the audience to consider the following questions:

  1. What can aquatic scientists do for you?
  2. What knowledge, in what form, and at what time would be useful to you?  
  3. How can we help open a continuing dialog for a better future of Puerto Ricans thriving with the environment?

Financial support for this event has been received from the Ocean Sciences Division of the U.S. National Science Foundation.

ASLO StoryTellers

Request for StoryTellers! If you are attending the 2019 Aquatic Sciences Meeting, we are looking for volunteers to connect with local children by reading one of the ASLO Recommended Children’s Books ( You can pick any 30 min slot within the storytelling times below. The EcoExploratorio is located <10 min drive from the Convention Center. ASLO will reimburse you for your taxi or Uber fare to and from. If you would like to do a reading or have any questions, please contact

Dates and Times:
Tuesday, 26 February                15:00-16:00
Wednesday, 27 February         15:00-16:00
Thursday, 28 February              15:00-16:00

EcoExploratorio: Science Museum of Puerto Rico
Educative Exhibition Oceánica
Local 168, Second level
Plaza las Américas
525 Av. Franklin Delano Roosevelt
San Juan, 00918, Puerto Rico

Scientists attending the meeting will engage eager young minds with storytelling from the ASLO book list. This activity is organized by the ASLO Education and Outreach Committee.