Local Instructor Picked to Become Teacher at Sea; Franklin Regional Biology and Zoology Teacher Mark Wolfgang Will Sail the Open Ocean Sometime in the Next Nine Months. [Derived Headline]

By Varine, Patrick | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, February 26, 2017 | Go to article overview

Local Instructor Picked to Become Teacher at Sea; Franklin Regional Biology and Zoology Teacher Mark Wolfgang Will Sail the Open Ocean Sometime in the Next Nine Months. [Derived Headline]


Varine, Patrick, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Franklin Regional biology and zoology teacher Mark Wolfgang will sail the open ocean sometime in the next nine months.

Only he doesn't know where -- or what he'll be doing.

Wolfgang was accepted into the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's Teacher at Sea program, an opportunity for kindergarten through college-level teachers to sail aboard NOAA research ships and work under the tutelage of scientists and crew.

The trip, which lasts anywhere between 11 days and three weeks, will take place between March and November aboard one of 16 research vessels. NOAA officials guarantee at least six weeks' advance notice to participants.

Wolfgang said he is looking forward to gaining some experience in the field that he can bring back to students.

"Professionally speaking, so much of what I teach in zoology, you don't ever see. I know what these animals look like, but I haven't really experienced them," he said. "Personally, it helps to have this kind of a refresher."

Wolfgang doesn't know the particulars of his assignment just yet, but he will assist on-board scientist "with whatever's being done," he said.

"I was accepted to do fisheries work, but it could be watching migratory rates, it could be observing predator-prey relationships," he said. …

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