Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies

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SF State's bayside marine and estuarine research facility.

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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


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


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


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