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Congratulations RTC Student Winners at the 2014 Bay-Delta Science Conference!

Three RTC graduate students were recognized for outstanding research at the annual conference. Allison Johnson (Wilkerson Lab) and Jamie Lee (Wilkerson Lab) won first and second place respectively for their student presentations. Anastasia Enis (Cohen Lab) won first place in the student poster category. Congrats all! December 1, 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


Many RTC scientists, students, and alumni present at 8th Biennial Bay-Delta Science Conference

Dr. Wim Kimmerer and Distinguished Alumnus Dr. Lenny Grimaldo are co-chairs, and nine research scientists based at RTC, four research technicians, seven graduate students, and three other alumni from 1990-2010 are presenting their research on Bay-Delta science. The conference is held in Sacramento from October 28-30, 2014. October 28, 2014


Documenting Manatee (Trichechus manatus manatus) Presence at Turneffe Atoll, Belize, Central America and its Conservation Significance

Dr. Ellen Hines was part of a team of researchers monitoring endangered Caribbean manatees at Turneffe Atoll to help facilitate the designation of the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve for their protection. Journal of Caribbean Science, Vol. 48, No. 1, 71-75, 2014. October 16, 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


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


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