Meet The Homeschool Symbiosis Team
This energetic group of four "environmental enthusiasts" will be presenting at our upcoming Oceans conference about the importance of biodiversity in the oceans, impacts from climate change and overfishing, and their vision of a biodiverse aquatic future. We caught up with Jamila dePeiza-Kern and Annie Selle to learn more about The Symbiosis Team!
Bio4Climate: Hi Annie and Jamila! Who is on the Team and how did you guys come up with that awesome name?
Annie & Jamila: It's the two of us, plus Hayden (Latimer-Ireland) and Lynus (Erickson). The name actually developed very organically. The first conference we spoke at was about keystone species and ecosystems working together and really focused on symbiosis as a concept. And the four of us were all working together; we work together as a team really well. So the name fit!
Bio4Climate: Broadly speaking, what type of topics is the Team currently focused on?
Annie & Jamila: We focus on topics ranging from ocean acidification, rising sea levels, and how overfishing and factory farming affect the ocean, to Halley's Comet. Halley will be visible again in mid-2061 and we've made a promise to watch it together!
Bio4Climate: That's a wonderful plan. You gave an incredibly insightful presentation, "Restoring the Gulf of Maine," at the April 2016 conference. Can you tell us what your presentation for Oceans 2016 will be about?
Annie & Jamila: We'll be talking about all of the topics just mentioned, along with our vision for the future: more biodiversity! We envision a future where people respect all life forms on earth and work more closely together with nature. All of our topics revolve around the oceans and climate change.
Bio4Climate: Who currently inspires you in the scientific field?
Annie & Jamila: We LOVE (American astrophysicist) Neil deGrasse Tyson and his show Cosmos. We watched the entire series as a team last year. We also have read the work of Rachel Carson and she really inspires us as one of the early leaders of the modern field.
Jamila: The work that NOVIC--Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Collaborative--is doing really inspiring work with seagrass restoration. They're working on a lot of individual and collaborative projects with estuary restoration.
Annie & Jamila: And our wonderful teacher, Jim (Laurie), is very supportive and has really encouraged us. He tells us that we can make a real difference.
Bio4Climate: How do you think adults can help get young people excited about science?
Annie & Jamila: It's really important to talk about the practical implications of science and how you can use it in the world to make a positive impact. Individual and group projects [should be] applicable to making actual change and/or individual strides.
Jamila: Last year, when I joined the Team, I was nervous because I hadn't taken Biology yet, but just knowing that we were going to use this information to help educate others made a big difference. Passive education can be kind of boring but if you can use your knowledge to pass on information to the next person, that's exciting. That could be a different approach than just lecturing. It's a great feeling knowing that you're sharing knowledge. That's also what is so great about this conference--that everyone is involved and interacting and really engaged.
Bio4Climate: Thank you so much for speaking with us, Annie and Jamila! We can't wait to hear your presentation on the many wonders of the oceans!
Check out the Team's presentation at our April 2016 Conference:
|Restoring the Gulf of Maine