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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


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


New paper on responses of porcelain crabs to temperature fluctuation

Jonathon Stillman was a co-author on a paper entitled "The proteomic response of cheliped myofibril tissue in the eurythermal porcelain crab Petrolisthes cinctipes to heat shock following acclimation to daily temperature fluctuations," published in the February 2015 issue of the Journal of Experimental Biology. February 1, 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


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