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SF State's bayside marine and estuarine research facility.

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Restored wetlands welcome wildlife and protect against future floods in San Francisco Bay Area

Climate change and resulting rising sea levels threaten a number of dwindling species in the San Francisco Bay Area. A new restoration project transforms industrial salt ponds into thriving marshland habitats to provide a new home for rodents, birds and fish, as well as increased flood protection for human residents. Graduate student Anastasia Ennis, studying the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse, is seen in the video. October 10, 2014


Marin Snapshot: Biologist takes over as Romberg Tiburon Center's director

Karina Nielsen is the new director of the Romberg Tiburon Center For Environmental Studies, San Francisco State University's off-campus marine laboratory that was established in 1978 by then university president Paul Romberg. MarinIJ, October 4, 2014


New military base could seal fate of Okinawa dugong

A new U.S. Marine Corps base offshore of the Henoko district of Nago city in Oura Bay could be the death knell for the Okinawa dugong. Land reclamation needed for the air base threatens two of the region's few remaining major beds of seagrass, which dugong depend on. SCIENCEINSIDER, September 22, 2014


Bay Area Science Festival Schedule Announced

RTC will participate in the BASF on Sunday, October 26 from 2-4pm, as part of Explorer Days, offering open house-style tours (registration required). RTC will also participate in BASF's Discovery Day at AT&T Park on Saturday, November 1. September 8, 2014


Replanting the Bay's Underwater Meadows

In June, Dr. Kathy Boyer, associate professor of biology at San Francisco State University’s Romberg Tiburon Center, began a nine-year effort to restore 70 acres of native eelgrass in the SF Bay. The work is funded by settlement money from the Cosco Busan oil spill that emptied 58,000 gallons into the San Francisco Bay in 2007. August 26, 2014


Planting meadows in the ocean: technique may help restore disappearing seagrass beds

Seagrass meadows form important parts of many ocean ecosystems, but are disappearing due to human impacts. A study published recently in PLoS ONE found that they could benefit from a restoration technique using seed-filled pearl nets. August 11, 2014


Native Eelgrass Transplant and Seeding

Why are these buoys in the water? RTC and NOAA explain SF Bay eelgrass restoration funded by the 2007 Cosco Busan oil spill damage assessment. (pdf, 736kb) August 4, 2014


Retail Operations Close at Drakes Bay Oyster Company

RTC's Dr. Katharyn Boyer and Joe Mueller of COM recommend a thorough study and an inventory of Drakes Estero’s natural resources after the oyster farm shuts down. July 31, 2014


Phytoplankton, Considered the World’s Lungs, Are in Deep Trouble From Climate Change

A new study funded by the National Science Foundation has found that the world’s phytoplankton may be in serious jeopardy due to climate change. Listen to the radio segment with Dr. Bill Cochlan or read about the research. June 18, 2014


Ocean acidification cruise explored effects pH on marine food web

A collaborative team of scientists led by RTC's Dr. William Cochlan measured nutritional quality and toxicity of phytoplankton in corrosive waters. Two Teachers-at-Sea from Texas and Tennessee also joined the expedition. June 11, 2014


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