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Dueling reports show a healthy bay, threat from microplastics

Scientists at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies say society must act immediately to reduce the amount of plastic in the environment after a recent sampling showed massive levels of microplastic contamination in San Francisco Bay. The Ark, September 30, 2015


Director Karina Nielsen interviewed for a Marin Independent Journal article "Marin's bay shores in better health, more work to be done, report finds."

Mark Prado of the Marin IJ interviewed Dr. Nielsen about the health of San Francisco Bay at the biennial State of the Estuary Conference on September 18. The conference coincided with a 96-page report put out by the San Francisco Estuary Partnership, using data contributed by over 30 local scientists. Marin Independent Journal, September 18, 2015


‘Hometown hero’ returns to Tioga High School as teacher

Former STAR (STEM Teacher and Researcher) summer intern William Hilton talks about his research experience at RTC in this feature. The Union Democrat, September 1, 2015


Monterey Bay Recovery in the Spotlight with 'Big Blue Live'

Director Karina Nielsen participates in KQED Forum discussion on the Monterey Bay ecosystem. KQED Forum, August 31, 2015


A Comeback Story: Porpoises return to Bay

This week's The Ark Newspaper's cover story features research conducted by RTC-SF State scientists and grad students, along with colleagues and volunteers from Golden Gate Cetacean Research. Read the complete story here (pdf, 696kb). The Ark Newspaper, August 5, 2015


Recent research by RTC scientists gets attention

A recent study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B by RTC's Dr. Jonathon Stillman and postdoctoral researcher Alex Gunderson found that animals that regulate their own body temperature may have trouble as the earth warms. 5/19/15; Independent (United Kingdom) 5/19/15; Science Daily 5/19/15; ScienceNews 5/20/15; Science Newsline 5/20/15; 5/22/15; KJZZ 5/21/15; IOL scitech 5/21/15; domain-b 5/26/15; Sierra Sun Times 5/24/15; The Wildlife Society 6/2/15; Eco-Business 6/17/15; KCBS Radio 6/20/15. June 22, 2015


Special Issue of the Journal of Experimental Biology features RTC scientists

A special issue of JEB, entitled "Biochemical adaptation: conservation and innovation in the face of environmental change," was just published to honor George Somero, a pioneer in biochemical adapation and comparative environmental physiology. Jonathon Stillman was a guest editor, is co-author on a paper entitled "Biochemical adaptation to ocean acidification" with Adam Paganini, and Paganini also designed the cover. June 17, 2015


Marin IJ Editorial: Oil-spill penalty pays dividends for bay

The Marin Independent Journal supports RTC's eelgrass restoration work in an editorial. June 14, 2015


Cosco Busan settlement helps Romberg Tiburon Center improve the bay

RTC scientists and others are using settlement fund dollars to try to kick-start eelgrass along Marin’s coast, including near the Rod and Gun Club in San Rafael, Corte Madera Bay and in Richardson Bay. Marin IJ, June 9, 2015


Professor Kathy Boyer's Wetlands Ecology class photographed by National Geographic

See the photo of SF State students examing fish collected from a local eelgrass bed, taken by Peter Essick (@peteressick) on Instagram! June 6, 2015


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