Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies

Image: Ripples on water

SF State's bayside marine and estuarine research facility.

Rosenberg Institute Discovery Day Open House at the Romberg Tiburon Center

2017 Discovery Day

Data Collection Results


  • How do marine animals respond to changes in temperature?

Our data show that all animals have different breathing rates due to size differences and energy needs. For example, a fast swimming fish needs a lot more energy than a slow snail! We also showed that high temperatures are a "double whammy" for ocean animals - an important property of water is that warmer water holds less oxygen. On top of this, animals in warm water need to breathe more to get enough energy to maintain their normal activities. This means that they need more oxygen but have less available - this is one reason scientists are concerned with ocean warming from climate change. 


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