CFCC marine technology instructor selected for national BIOS workshop
Congratulations to CFCC Marine Technology Instructor Jacqueline Degan! Degan was recently selected from a nationwide pool of applicants to participate in the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) High Dive Into Ocean Data workshop.
The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) is a non-profit marine research organization with over 100 years of ocean science research and education. BIOS regularly hosts researchers from around the world to expand global understanding of marine organisms, processes, and functions.
Degan, along with nine other community college educators, will travel to Bermuda in June to explore ocean themes through field and lab activities, data collection, and data interpretation.
“This experience will be an amazing opportunity to expand Jacqui’s skill set in oceanography,” said CFCC Marine Technology Department Chair Jason Rogers. “It will result in a huge benefit to our Marine Technology students.”
Degan has been teaching marine biology, oceanography, and marine vertebrate zoology at Cape Fear Community College for 16 years. Prior to her time at CFCC, she earned her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences at the University of British Columbia and her master’s degree in marine biology from East Carolina University. Moreover, Degan’s experience includes serving as a habitat biologist at the Pacific Biological Station in British Columbia, Canada and as a fisheries technician at the Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST) in Morehead City, NC. Degan is always seeking new learning opportunities that she can bring to her classroom.
“The High Dive into Ocean Data Workshop presented itself late last year and I applied as soon as it opened, never thinking that, with only 10 openings, I would be one of them,” shared Degan. “I’m excited and proud to represent the Marine Technology program at CFCC and hope to make lifelong connections with faculty and researchers from around the country, while at the same time creating curricular activities for students in the marine sciences.”