It’s true: there are plenty of fish in the sea. A new service called seaHarmony matches lovers of the scientific method in different fields of marine research with classroom educators, managers and community groups to help foster new collaborations.
Marine scientists log into the webpage and create a profile detailing their field of research, availability and the level of commitment they’re willing to put into education activities or collaboration. Similarly, educators or resource managers also make a profile indicating their science interests, age/grade level of their audience and what kind collaboration they might want with a scientist. Then, seaHarmony matches scientists with educators and managers that have similar interests in topics and levels of participation, facilitating interactions with a built-in messaging system and fostering innovative and fulfilling partnerships.
A UH marine science research professor added, “I think it’s a great way to find opportunities and put people together.” With a little bit of technology and a lot of community involvement, the seaHarmony site promises to be a big success for the field of marine science.