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A virtual adventurous journey in the Great Barrier Reef was undertaken through a collaboration with Fred Nucifora, Director, Reef Education and StewardshipGreat Barrier Reef Marine Park AuthorityCraig McGroganProject Officer – Outreach EducationReef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquariumand Bronx Community College of City University of New York (CUNY).
On Thursday June 11th, 2020 Fred Nucifora and his team brought the Australian Great Barrier Reef through a live interactive event on Zoom. It was a great opportunity and a novel platform to imbibe knowledge about the largest reef in the world (stretching for 1400 miles) and how climate change is impacting its health and ecology. ALive dive was undertaken by Craig McGooganon the Coral Reef at Reef HQ Aquarium.
The initiative, a live interactive event on Zoom, brought the Australian Great Barrier Reef not only to CUNY and to New York City at large but also to students in India Trinidad & Tobago, Spain, Australia, Columbia, Senegal, Spain, Ghana, Italy and Dominican Republic.
A total of 830 students from all over the world logged in simultaneously. Many of their students were accompanied by their kids and other family members.
The program was inaugurated by Thomas Isekenegbe, President of Bronx Community college and Provost Lesters Sanders Rapalo. Professor Neal Phillips, Chairperson of Chemistry Earth Science and Environmental Science, initiated the event. Professor Paramita Sen and Professor Sunej Hans from BCC, Dr. Paul Marchese from Queensborough Community College, among others were instrumental in lending invaluable support to the event.
The sessions were highly interactive with students posing multiple questions to the principal diver Craig McGrogan about marine lives and ecosystem. The event turned to be very informative revealing not only marine lives but also bringing up potential threat to the Great Barrier Reef involving minor details on water temperature and pH.