Tina Tennessen

Tina Tennessen has a background in radio journalism and loves hearing a good story. She is a science writer, web editor, and a former radio producer. Before joining the National Museum of Natural History team in early 2011, she held the position of Public Affairs Officer at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, Md. While at SERC, Tina created and edited a news blog called Shorelines and publicized Smithsonian research and educational programs, generating press coverage and public attention for issues such as ocean acidification, hypoxia, invasive species, sea-level rise, shoreline development, and over-fishing. Tina grew up near five of Minnesota's 10,000 lakes and feels fortunate to be working among marine scientists who have dedicated their lives to understanding the underwater realm and the issues that affect it.

Your Ode to the Big Blue

One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish. Your poem for the ocean is what we wish. Conjure your inner Dr. Seuss or Walt Whitman. Credit: Louiz Rocha April is National Poetry Month here in the United States. We'd like you to...

Pearl and Hermes Atoll Coral

A rainbow of tropical fish hovers over a coral head near the Pearl and Hermes Atoll, part of the Papahānaumokuākea World Heritage Site .

The Gulf Oil Spill: Send in Your Questions

Boats trying to control the fire on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig on April 21, 2010. Credit: U.S. Coast Guard With the nuclear and humanitarian crisis in Japan, major political changes in North Africa and the Middle East,...

Kids' Ocean Haiku Highlights

Kids wax poetic in the Sant Ocean Hall at the National Museum of Natural History. To celebrate National Poetry Month, visitors on April 9, 2011 were invited to pen a haiku to the ocean blue. Seven-year-old Christine Meng--a...

Resilient Coral

Is it lights out for corals once they have experienced a bleaching event? Not necessarily. This photo shows a coral reef near Bocas del Toro, Panama that is in the process of recovering from a mass bleaching event that...

Diseased Coral

A photo taken at a reef near Bocas del Toro, Panama. The reef suffered a mass bleaching event in the summer of 2010, when water temperatures were unusually high. In this photo, healthy brown coral gives way to the frontlines...

Laurie Penland

Laurie Penland is a professional photographer and the Diving Officer for the Smithsonian Institution .

Marine Debris

Plastic trash floats in the waters off the Smithsonian's Carrie Bow Cay field station , in Belize. This image is a still taken from a video recorded by Laurie Penland, a Smithsonian dive officer .

Your Ocean Poems

Is the ocean your muse? Send us your poems that celebrate the Big Blue. Credit: Photo by Flickr User Nattu May is here and that means National Poetry Month is officially over. As promised, we're going to highlight a few of...