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San Francisco’s love affair with Dungeness crab grows more toxic

According to a study published in the journal Harmful Algae, two EOS Center scientists...

A Biogeochemical Oceanographer at Sea: My Life with Nitrogen and a Nod to Silica

An autobiography by EOS Center scientist, Richard Dugdale, published in the Annual Review of Marine Science

Seagrass and Kelp as an Ocean Acidification Management Tool in California

EOS Center scientists, Karina Nielsen and Katharyn Boyer, were part of a working group of experts convened to address the challenges of ocean acidification. The resulting report communicates emerging scientific understanding of the ability of seagrass and kelp to ameliorate ocean acidification (OA) in a California-specific context. It provides guidance on next steps for the State as it considers future nature-based actions to reduce the negative impacts of OA in California and beyond.

Tiburon marsh restoration project underway

A Tiburon-based researcher is leading a tidal marsh restoration project along the Blackie’s Pasture shoreline that could provide protection from sea-level rise and help wildlife.

Katharyn Boyer, a professor of biology at the Estuary and Ocean Science Center at the Romberg Tiburon Campus, said Richardson Bay is experiencing shoreline erosion because of climate change. Read more in the Marin Independent Journal

New Estuary & Ocean Science Center launched at the Romberg Tiburon Campus

With the launch, San Francisco State continues to lead the way in the bay...

The effects of climate change on the ocean are extensive ― sea level rise, ocean acidification and the ocean’s changing influence on local weather patterns ― and affect more than just nature, continually impacting many facets of daily life. More...

Tiburon marine lab has new name, focus

The only university-run marine lab on San Francisco Bay is going through a shift to provide a sharper focus on ocean and climate change issues in an era when science is being questioned by the White House. On 53 acres on the backside tip of the Tiburon Peninsula sits what was known as San Francisco State University’s Romberg Center for Environmental Studies. But Tuesday will mark the rebirth of the 40-year-old research site as the Estuary and Ocean Science Center at the Romberg Tiburon Campus, or EOS Center.

Sea-Level Rise and Climate Change Impacts on an Urbanized Pacific Coast Estuary

Professor Kathy Boyer and her Biology Department colleague Professor Tom Parker publish a new article in the scientific journal, Wetlands, on the challenges to tidal wetlands and their management posed by sea level rise in SF Bay.  The San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary, the largest estuary on the west coast of North America, has lost over 90% of its tidal wetlands through conversion to agriculture, grazing or urban development.

The future of ecology is collaborative, inclusive and deconstructs biases

EOS Center Director Karina Nielsen and colleagues invite ecologists to join them in cultivating a paradigm shift in science as a whole, one that explores the ways that inclusion complements research, supports an increasingly diverse group of young ecologists, and enhances our ability to solve the world’s most pervasive and challenging ecological issues.

Application Deadline for the NSF supported RIPTIDES Graduate Program is February 1st

Applications for the RIPTIDES MS degree program in Interdisciplinary Marine and Estuarine Sciences are being accepted through February 1, 2018. This two-year program prepares students to solve the critical challenges facing urbanized coastal ecosystems in a time of rapid global change, with a focus on SF Bay. This innovative graduate degree was developed thanks to a Research Traineeship grant from the National Science Foundation. 

Marin sea stars still struggle with disease

Sea stars, once familiar and beautiful and iconic, suddenly had lesions covering their bodies; a sign that something was horribly wrong. Within a day, the stars with lesions started to melt, turning into globs of goo. And, soon after, any sea stars near them suffered the same gruesome fate.

In all, from 2013 to 2014, millions of sea stars died, the largest known Sea Star Wasting Syndrome incident on record. The die-off spanned from British Columbia to Marin to the shores of Southern California down to Mexico. It was, and is, a mystery.