Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies

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SF State's bayside marine and estuarine research facility.

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Romberg scientist leads group hoping to preserve Blackie’s Pasture shoreline

"Amid growing concern about sea-level rise due to climate change, a scientist from the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies has a plan to prevent tidal action from damaging the Blackie’s Pasture shoreline." The Ark, 8/23/17

see here for more on Dr. Kathy Boyer's research on the endangered plant mentioned in this article.


Tiburon environmentalists plan exhibits for bayside trail

"The scenic Old Rail Trail that stretches along the Tiburon waterfront will soon feature new interpretive signs telling the history of the Richardson Bay and how it became a sanctuary for wintering birds."..."The project team has been working with the Romberg Tiburon Center staff to find content for the displays." Marin Independent Journal, 8/20/17


Romberg eyes new eco-friendly education and visitor center

"The Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies is taking the first steps toward building an eco-friendly community education and visitor center at its Paradise Drive site." The Ark, 8/16/17


Two Artists, One Oyster-Filled Future, and the Vast Internet Archive

"For Lurid Ecologies: Ways of Seeing the Bay, Oakland-based artist Tanja Geis speculates about a re-colonization of the San Francisco Bay by Ostrea lurida."..."The centerpiece of the exhibition is Life in the Greenhouse, a three-channel video filmed in the research tanks at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies. The video’s connection to Ostrea lurida is less apparent, but unlike some of Geis’ other, more ethereal videos, this one is more straightforward, maybe even scientific." Learn more here. KQED Arts, 8/9/17.


PG&E and American Institute of Architects, California Council Open Seventh Annual Zero Net Energy Design Competition
Applicants are challenged to design two zero net energy buildings for community education and visitor's centers on Romberg Tiburon Center's bayside site. “As SF State’s interdisciplinary center for research and education supporting our mission to connect science, society and the sea, we are excited to partner with PG&E on this competition. Designing and developing a zero net energy community education and visitor’s center on San Francisco Bay reflects our commitment to California’s leadership in addressing climate change,” said Karina Nielsen, Director of the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies. Digital Journal, 6/22/17


How the Bay Area Is Restoring Nature's Delicate Balance

SF State Professor Kathy Boyer and her work on SF Bay wetland restoration are featured in this comprehensive story for National Geographic online. See an additional photo taken for the story on Instagram., 6/13/17


Salmon Are Losing Their Ability To Sense, Fear Nearby Predators

Research presented at University of Washington symposium on ocean acidification points to changing ocean chemistry due to carbon emissions, mentions Dr. William Cochlan's related research on harmful algal blooms. John Ryan, KUOW & Northwest Public Radio, 5/31/17 and 6/1/17


Scientist warns of rising carbon dioxide levels, ocean acidification at Romberg talk

Rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are turning oceans into an acid bath that could threaten the health of marine ecosystems on the West Coast. That was the message Tessa Hill, an associate professor in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department at the University of California at Davis, delivered to a packed house of scientists, students and local residents April 5 at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies. The Ark, 4/19/17

A video recording of the talk is available on SF State's YouTube Channel. 5/9/17


A Snail's Place

A meditation on the distribution of sea snails in tide pools and the sometimes hard-to-see patterns that affect nature and life includes Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies Director Karina Nielsen. "Ecologists are often accused of having physics envy, because physicists model things and come out with simple models that have strong explanatory power," Nielsen says in the the article, published by Bay Nature magazine. "Biology is more challenging than physical systems. But that doesn't mean there aren't underlying principles that drive the patterns that we see, and that they can't be understood.", 3/27/17


San Rafael Bay environmental work captured in book

Environmental work by a Tiburon-based researcher in the shallows of San Rafael Bay to protect the shorelines has been documented in a new book. The book, “Living Shorelines: The Science and Management of Nature-Based Coastal Protection,” ... is the first to compile, synthesize and interpret the science and practice of nature-based shoreline protection, according to the state Coastal Conservancy. “Our work in the bay is a terrific example of living shoreline concepts put into practice,” said Kathy Boyer, professor of biology at San Francisco State University’s Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, who led the work noted in the book. “We explain the importance of the data we’re collecting for maintaining healthy subtidal habitats and we give clear, practical instructions for creating a sustainable living shoreline.” Marin Independent Journal 3/18/17


Romberg Tiburon Center scientists conduct pilot pickleweed arboring project at Muzzi Marsh in Corte Madera Ecological Reserve

Kathy Boyer, Professor of Biology at San Francisco State University and head of the Wetlands Ecology Lab at SF State's Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, is conducting a pilot project with her SF State Wetlands Ecology class to test pickleweed "arboring" methods. Arboring uses trimmed branches to raise the native plant canopy in order to enhance high tide refuge for birds and mammals, including the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse and Ridgway's rail. The pilot is being conducted in cooperation with California's Department of Fish & Wildlife in advance of a larger study funded by the State Coastal Conservancy's "Advancing Nature-based Adaptation Solutions in Marin County” program, to begin in fall 2017. See the informational sign posted at the study location here (pdf, 286kb). 3/15/17


Proposed $3 billion in cuts to EPA and NOAA budgets worry Romberg scientists (pdf, 490kb)

Scientists at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies are anxious over reports the Trump administration wants to slash $3 billion in federal funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, including millions of dollars dedicated to environmental research and clean-water monitoring in San Francisco Bay. The Ark, 3/15/17


Poor fisheries struggle with U.S. import rule

Ellen Hines, Professor of Geography at SF State and Director of the Marine & Coastal Conservation and Spatial Planning Lab at Romberg Tiburon Center, is one of nine international marine mammal and fisheries scientists funded by NOAA's Office of International Affairs to assess the risk of marine mammal bycatch in small-scale fisheries in Southeast Asia. The group submitted their assessment in Science Letters, published in the March 10 issue. Science, 3/10/17.


Heavy rain altering SF Bay’s salinity, threatening wild California oysters (pdf, 483kb)

This winter’s robust rainfall has filled California’s rivers and reservoirs to bursting and sent millions of cubic feet of freshwater pouring into San Francisco Bay. While that’s good news for ending the state’s drought, scientists say it’s bad news for marine creatures, such as wild oysters, that need a salty bay to survive. The Ark, 3/8/17


San Francisco State University research could improve conservation in regional marine sanctuaries

A new study by SF State geographer and RTC alum Anna Studwell and colleagues could prove life-saving for foraging seabirds along the Central California coastline in the event of an oil spill. EurekAlert, 1/25/17


Restoring seagrass under siege

Seagrasses are disappearing at rates that rival those of coral reefs and tropical rainforests, losing as much as seven percent of their area each year. Replanting success rates have been unpredictable — but scientists are making new advances that could change that., 1/2/17



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