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Symposia
Sustaining Seascapes: The Science and Policy of Marine Resource Management
This two-day symposium (March 7-8, 2002) at the American Museum of Natural History examined the large-scale conservation of marine ecosystems – considering novel approaches to the sustainable management of biodiversity and fisheries. Through theory, reviews, and case studies, participants explored efforts to integrate natural, socioeconomic, and cultural factors at local and regional scales in response to ongoing threats to both fisheries and biodiversity.

Coral Reef Ecosystems and People in The Bahamas: Practical Applications of Biocomplexity Science
This half-day symposia (February 20, 2006) took place as part of the annual meeting of the American Association for Advancement of Science. Seven speakers representing the BBP and its partners described their research and related education and outreach efforts. They highlighted the unique educational approaches used to improve the public’s understanding of marine ecosystems, the connectivity among populations of important marine species), habitat characteristics across seascapes, and the cultural dimensions of coastal resource use and management in The Bahamas. In addition, the speakers also demonstrated the theoretical and computational approaches being used to integrate (and model) the diverse –ecological, social, and educational– components of the BBP.

Videos
Our Oceans, Ourselves
This video features BBP researchers describing their study of the social, economic, and scientific interactions of marine ecosystems in order to assist in the development of a network of marine protected areas in The Bahamas.

The Andros Reef Diorama Videos
Three videos were produced to accompany the Andros Coral Reef Diorama in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life at the American Museum of Natural History, a huge two-story diorama featuring a Bahamian coral reef as seen above and below the water. Historic Andros shows archival footage of the making of the diorama in the 1930s. Andros Today features current BBP research in Andros. And Coral Reproduction illustrates corals' remarkable synchronous reproductive events with beautiful footage.

Hanging in the Balance: The Future of Bahamian Waters
A one hour documentary by Friday’s Films which presents the efforts of Bahamian fishermen, scientists, government officials, and conservationists to preserve The Bahamas’ marine ecosystem and the fishermen's way of life.

Palumbi Lab Microdocs
Each 'microdoc' is a two to three minute exploration of an important conservation issue; the focus tends to be on marine systems. Microdocs referencing or featuring BBP work in The Bahamas include The Sea is GreenGround TruthingMarine Parks, and Life Cycle of the Conch.

Booklets
Fully-Protected Marine Reserves for the Future of Our Oceans
A Companion Guide to the Fully-Protected Marine Reserves Public Exhibition, published in collaboration with the Bahamas Department of Fisheries, the Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, the Bahamas National Trust, and the American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation.

NEW! Guide to the Science of Marine Protected Areas in the Bahamas
This guide offers a synthesis of research findings on how marine protected areas (MPAs) can work to conserve shallow coral reef ecosystems in The Bahamas. 

Multi-Media
Humans and Oceans: Survival Strategies
BBP research is featured online as part of “Science Bulletins,” a program of the American Museum of Natural History. Science Bulletins brings current events and research to a variety of public venues, including museums, science centers, NASA visitor centers, and the Internet. Through Science Bulletins, people can learn about BBP research and other current science topics through in-depth stories featuring scientists at work, nature news, and satellite images illustrating the changes in the biosphere. The website includes a video, essays, interviews, interactive maps, and activities. The site also includes an interactive game that challenges players to tally Bahamian fish along transects through reef and mangrove habitats, much as field biologists do.

Games
Survey a Marine Habitat
Scientists count fish and other organisms to study marine habitats. This game lets you try surveying fish of Caribbean coral reef and mangrove habitats.

Newsletters
BBP in Brief
An archive of BBP newsletters featuring BBP activities as well as marine and conservation-related happenings in The Bahamas.

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