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Of Mice and Men: An Endangered Bay Area Mouse in the Anthropocene

Grad student Anastasia Ennis blogged about her research on endangered salt marsh harvest mice for BAASICS latest program, "The Edge Effect." Learn more about the event to be held at SF State on June 14 here., May 22, 2015


"Cold-blooded" animals (ectotherms) find it hard to adjust to global warming

Analysis by RTC-SF State/UC Berkeley researchers Professor Jonathon Stillman and postdoctoral researcher Alex Gunderson finds that ectotherms may have trouble regulating their body temperature as the earth warms. Their study is published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Volume 282, Issue 1808. May 19, 2015


Coverage of the Cal Academy Philippines Expedition on CNN Philippines features RTC Board member Dr Terry Gosliner and Professor & Academy Fellow Sarah Cohen. May 13, 2015


Here We Go! On the road to getting data...

A fascinating update on graduate student Heather Richard's crowd-funded research on plastic pollution., May 9, 2015


What Does Biodiversity Do?

RTC grad student TJ Yokachonis and Smithsonian Marine Station researchers talk about it in Belize. Google Hangouts on Air, May 4, 2015


RTC Researcher introduces wetland ecology to Richmond's Kennedy High School

Stephanie Kiriakopolos, research technician for Dr. Kathy Boyer's wetland ecology laboratory, shared her expertise with Kennedy High School students on their field trip to Point Molate, one of the Boyer Lab's research sites. The event, "Connecting Richmond Students to their Waters" and its impact was mentioned by David Helvarg in the most recent Blue Frontier Campaign newsletter. April 14, 2015


Dr. Sarah Cohen joins California Academy of Sciences to conduct biodiversity survey in the Phillippines

Cohen, an Academy Fellow, is working with the Academy to catalog the incredible biodiversity of the Phillippines. "We are finding lots of new species here and working with local folks on education and outreach as well. Sort of like a seminar in coral reef biodiversity as we go. ...The outreach component of this NSF Biodiversity survey is an important and really interesting part of this project and I'm excited to participate in it more this year, in addition to the work on documenting diversity as a tunicate specialist." To read more about last year's similar expedition, visit Cal Academy's page here.


Romberg Tiburon Center researcher studies potential for plastics hosting metals in bay

How toxic heavy metals might attach themselves to plastics floating in San Francisco Bay is the subject of an ongoing research effort at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies. Marin Independent Journal, April 10, 2015


Cohen Lab collaborators at the University of Alaska post daily herring egg development

University of Alaska Southeast Sitka researchers, collaborators of Dr. Sarah Cohen on a National Fish and Wildlife Fund grant to study the impact of invasive "sea vomit" on herring eggs, publish photos of daily egg development on their Facebook page. April 8, 2015


From Drifter to Dynamo: the Story of Plankton KQED's Deep Look series recently spent two days with plankton experts Dr. Bill Cochlan and Dr. Wim Kimmerer, research technicians Melissa DuBose, Chris Ikeda, Toni Ignoffo and Anne Slaughter, and graduate student Charles Wingert to produce a webisode of their Deep Look series. KQED Science Deep Look. March 4, 2015


Research conducted at RTC reveals possible function of calcification in coccolithophores

RTC alumnus ('14) Roy Bartal recently published a groundbreaking paper with co-authors Bingyan Shi (NSF-funded Research Experiences for Ungraduates student), Dr. Ed Carpenter, and Dr. Bill Cochlan. Limnology & Oceanography, Vol. 60:1, 149-158, January 2015. March 4, 2015


Gene sequencing offers insight into how species adapt to climate change

In an article to be published in the March issue of BioScience, biologists Jonathon H. Stillman and Eric Armstrong, both affiliated with San Francisco State University and the University of California, Berkeley, characterize the opportunities provided by NGS: "Next-generation sequencing approaches are fundamentally changing the way in which environmental scientists undertake studies to understand how organisms are responding or may respond in the future to climate change." January 23, 2015


Racing with Copepods Premieres

Graduate student Ann Holmes and Sylvia Earle star in this short film on kids learning about sailing and the sea, which premiered at the Randall Museum. See more screening dates at January 22, 2015


Romberg researcher makes new discoveries about sea stars

Graduate student Laura Melroy's sea star research is front page news--Preliminary research on Leptaserias spp. has shown that climate change may be forcing the marine creatures north ouf of their traditional habitats. The Ark. January 21, 2015


All in the (bigger) family: Revised arthropod tree marries crustacean and insect fields

Professor Jonathon Stillman is quoted in this News article reporting from the recent Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology meeting. Science, VOL 347 ISSUE 6219. January 16, 2015


Sea stars of the past help solve scientific questions of today

Graduate student Laura Melroy's research on local sea stars is featured in Stanford University Journalism's Peninsula Press.

January 12, 2015


Sea stars of the past help solve questions of today

Graduate student Laura Melroy's research on local sea stars is featured in a Stanford University Journalism Graduate Program video on YouTube. December 15, 2014

We Make it Happen

RTC student researchers Allison Johnson, Mira Raykova, and Ann Holmes featured in new SF State promotional video., December 12, 2014


Coastal Crabs in Survival Mode Under Climate Change

Researchers at San Francisco State University’s Romberg Tiburon Center have just published a paper showing that porcelain crabs, which inhabit nearly all the world’s oceans including Northern California coastal waters, can run out of energy for much beyond survival when their environment becomes too warm and too acidic, even for a brief period of time. Bay Nature. November 18, 2014


Crab Adapts to Warmer Water, at a Cost

A version of the online article published on on November 17 is published in The New York Times, New York edition, p. D2. November 18, 2014


Warmer water may scuttle activities of crabs

Small crabs found on California’s shores may be capable of adapting to a warming climate, but the effort will leave them little energy for tasks like growth and reproduction, researchers are reporting. November 17, 2014


Climate change puts coastal crabs in survival mode, study finds

Porcelain crabs can adapt to a warming climate but will not have energy for much else beyond basic survival, according to new research published today from San Francisco State University. SF State Communications, November 12, 2014


Could More Diversity Break Conservation’s Polarizing Debate? 240 Leading Conservationists Say ‘Yes’ in New Open Letter

A new letter published in the journal Nature today from 240 leading conservationists argues that conservation’s impact on the world is being hindered by the field’s lack of inclusiveness — particularly of the many different values people hold for nature, and of the viewpoints of women and diverse ethnicities and cultures.

“This situation is stifling productive discourse, inhibiting funding, and halting progress,” argue the letter’s authors, which include former NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco; Heather Tallis, lead scientist of The Nature Conservancy; and Karina Nielsen, Director of the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies.

Nature 515, 27–28 doi:10.1038/515027a. November 6, 2014


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