UVI Professor Conducts Live Ocean Research Chats from Sea of Japan
A University of the Virgin Islands professor will conduct a live
chat on Saturday, September 19 from on board a research vessel in
the Sea of Japan. The public is invited to attend the 45-minute
session, which will take place at noon in Room T101 of the Teacher
Education building on UVI's St. Thomas campus.
Educators who want to involve their students in real-time deep
ocean geological research, as well as members of the public, are
encouraged to attend the videoconference session with Dr. Nasseer
Idrisi. Subsequent live chats are scheduled for noon on Sunday,
September 27; Saturday, October 10; and Sunday, October 25.
Dr. Idrisi, a UVI research biological oceanographer and professor
in the Marine and Environmental Science master's degree program,
was recently selected as the first Historically Black Colleges and
Universities (HBCU) "Educator at Sea" sponsored by the Consortium
for Ocean Leadership. Dr. Idrisi is participating in an
international research project that is studying an ocean plateau
located about 900 miles east of Japan. The plateau - a large area
of raised ocean bottom - is known as the Shatsky Rise. Dr. Idrisi
departed from Yokohama, Japan on September 4 on board the
scientific ocean drilling ship JOIDES Resolution. The journey will
conclude on November 4.
In his position as a teacher at sea, Dr. Idrisi is part of the
shipboard expedition's science party and is communicating his
learning experiences via live videoconferencing from the
The ship's main research technique is to drill into the rise and
take core samples that the project's 24 scientists are examining
for clues to the history, sources and evolution of the rise.
The Shatsky Rise project is organized by the Integrated Ocean
Drilling Program (IODP) and sponsored by the Consortium for Ocean
Leadership, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization that
promotes advanced research, education and sound ocean policy.
Consortium members include the United States, Japan, China, South
Korea and the European Union.
Senior high school and college-level students with an interest in
ocean exploration, ocean processes or the geological history of the
planet will find these video conferences extremely instructive and
Much more on the Shatsky Rise voyage (IODP Expedition 324),
including background, photos of the ship and the scientists and
sailing schedules, is available from the Ocean Leadership web site: