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RTC science and outreach highlighted in two videos produced by SF State on Rosenberg Institute events

SF State's Academic Technology Department produced a short video on "Public Engagement in Science at SF State's Romberg Tiburon Center" and a complete recording of the recent Rosenberg Institute Public Forum, "MarineGEO: Taking the Pulse of the Coastal Ocean." San Francisco State University YouTube Channel. April 15, 2014


RTC's Katie Nuessly (Cohen Lab) selected for new STEM opportunity in Presidental Management Fellows program

Marine biology Master's student Katie Nuessly was selected as one of 91 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) finalists in the new PMF-STEM program of the Office of Personnel Management. Finalists have opportunities to be appointed to federal agency positions in STEM fields, and receive education, training, and some financial support. The program is designed to fill a gap in skilled STEM employees in federal agencies. April 15, 2014


Living Shorelines: Recruiting Oysters for Habitat Restoration and Climate Adaptation

Dr. Katharyn Boyer and the Living Shorelines Project are featured in "Dispatches from the Home Front," one in a series of articles highlighting groundbreaking work done by Bay Area institutions to comprehend, mitigate, and adapt to impacts of climate change on Bay Area ecosystems. Bay Nature, April-June 2014. April 2, 2014


Turning the Corner on Invasive Spartina

RTC graduate student Whitney Thornton is works with the Invasive Spartina Project to eradicate invasive Spartina alterniflora and restore native Spartina foliosa. Whitney and the ISP are featured in the Conservation in Action column of the current issue of Bay Nature. Bay Nature, April-June 2014. April 2, 2014


BioBlitz 2014 Species Inventory in Golden Gate National Parks

RTC scientists, students and colleagues participated in a two-day BioBlitz of citizen-assisted species inventories and educational events on Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29. They identified phytoplankton from Rodeo Lagoon in the Marin Headlands, helped citizen and professional scientists with inventories at Mori Point, conducted beach seines to inventory fish at Crissy Field, and counted dock fouling organisms at Horseshoe Cove and the NOAA Pier at Crissy Field. At the end of the BioBlitz, the preliminary count was 2,304 species, including over 80 species new to the GGNRA, and 15 threatened species. Click here for detailed results. March 29, 2014


BioBlitz 2014 Biodiversity Festival at Crissy Field

In addition to the science inventories, RTC is also participating in a Biodiversity Festival to celebrate Bay Area biodiversity with interactive exhibits and edutainment. Our intrepid volunteers will work with 1900 4th-8th graders on Friday, March 28 from 9am-5pm and the visiting public on Saturday, March 29 from 9am-4pm, to explore the biodiversity in a drop of Bay water. The event is free and no registration is required, please stop by! March 24, 2014


Phylogeography of a marine acanthocephalan: lack of cryptic diversity in a cosmopolitan parasite of mole crabs

The acanthocephalan worm Profilicollis altmani parasitizes intermediate hosts that are broadly distributed around the Americas and final hosts that are highly motile. We investigated the spatial genetic structure of this acanthocephalan found in three species of Emerita crabs: (1) to test whether land masses serve as biogeographic barriers promoting ocean basin divergence among parasite lineages or species; and (2) to test whether the distribution of parasite species matches the distribution of different crab host species. Goulding, T. C., Sarah Cohen, C. (2014), Journal of Biogeography. doi: 10.1111/jbi.12260


RTC Scientists and students present their research at 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu

Scientists and students from eight of our research labs are presenting their diverse research through posters and talks at the biennial Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, February 23-28. For individual abstracts, follow us on Facebook or Twitter. February 23, 2014


Amid California Drought, Migrating Birds Enjoy Pop-Up Cuisine

RTC Advisory Board member and Nature Conservancy scientist Mark Reynolds spoke to KQED's Lauren Sommer for NPR's special series on The Far Reach of the West's Drought. February 22, 2014


Romberg Tiburon research could aid in helping critical bay eelgrass

Researchers at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies believe they have found a way to grow hearty eelgrass, a long, sinewy green weed that supports life in San Francisco Bay.Marin Independent Journal. February 21, 2014


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