Original Air Date: May 7, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern
Length: 30 minutes


This webcast was for everyone who loves the ocean and is curious about what lives in its depths. We showed you incredible footage of underwater creatures and habitats. We also demonstrated some hands-on activities you can do at home to help you learn more about this amazing environment and the creatures that live in it! Thanks for joining Ocean Today host Symone Barkley and guests Debi Blaney and Amanda Netburn Ph.D as we explored the deep ocean. Stay tuned for more info on our next Every Full Moon Watch Party on June 5.

Host: Symone (Johnson) Barkley

Symone has studied algae, blue crabs, and tiger and sandbar sharks over the years. Even with her exciting research experience, Symone’s passion for educating young people remains at the forefront of her priorities. She is proud to be supporting students and teachers in her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland through her work at National Aquarium and across the country with NOAA Ocean Today.

Symone (Johnson) Barkley

Amanda Netburn Ph.D

Amanda N. Netburn, Ph.D., is an Oceanographer at NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, where she serves as a Program Manager for ocean exploration grants and leads efforts to advance exploration in the water column. Amanda has a PhD in Oceanography and a Masters degree in Marine Conservation and Biodiversity from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. In the past, Amanda has researched sustainable seafood at a non-governmental organization, taught SCUBA, captained small boats, and worked in aquaculture. She has sailed on fifteen oceanographic cruises, and uses submersible technologies, acoustics, and trawling to explore the deep open ocean.

Amanda Netburn

Debi Blaney

Debi Blaney is an ocean explorer, scientist, and education outreach specialist. A native of Germany, she started her education in Dortmund and Münster, Germany. She holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Iowa and an M.S. in Neuroscience from Georgetown University. Debi has extensive experience in neuro-scientific research, as well as science education and outreach in the fields of space and ocean exploration. Since early 2016, Debi has worked as a Senior Education and Outreach Specialist at NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research to help improve ocean literacy and inspire future generations of explorers and scientists. Debi lives in the Washington, DC, area, and when she is not working, she enjoys traveling and being outdoors, especially scuba diving and rock climbing.

Debi Blaney