Jellies: The Once and Future Kings — A Traveling Exhibition

September 15th, 2002 - August 31st, 2005 | PROJECT

The New England Aquarium proposes to develop a traveling exhibition based on recent research implicating human activities in the worldwide increase in jellies. Humans are changing oceans so that they are becoming more suitable for jellies than for fish. The exhibition is expected to reach 12 million people -- primarily families with school-aged children -- across the nation. No jelly exhibit to date has shown jellies as important indicator species and ecosystem linchpins. Dissemination will include materials and programs for school and community outreach. A Sea Jelly Activity Kit and a community art/science program will be developed. In each year of the project approximately 100 urban teens will intern in the jelly culturing facility, where they can learn about the science of culturing jellies and present their experiences to the public.

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Team Members

Bonnie Epstein, Principal Investigator, New England Aquarium
Steve Bailey, Co-Principal Investigator, New England Aquarium


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0206136
Funding Amount: 1871228


Audience: Elementary School Children (6-10) | Families | General Public | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Art | music | theater | Ecology | forestry | agriculture | Life science
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Aquarium and Zoo Exhibits | Aquarium and Zoo Programs | Exhibitions | Public Programs