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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.

Tiburon research shows bay invaders flail in fresh water

Last winter’s drought-busting wet weather was a boon for reservoirs and parched landscapes, but not so much for some invasive species in San Francisco Bay, according to a long-term study by Tiburon-based researchers.

All that fresh water that poured into the bay was bad news for certain invaders, which have turned up in droves in recent decades from around the world, often in ships’ ballast water.

Dry and wet periods drive rapid shifts in community assembly in an estuarine ecosystem

A long-term study of invertebrates in SF Bay demonstrates how extreme events and shifts in climate regimes alter ecological comminutions. Winter salinity has a dramatic effect on which invertebrates are present during the following summer. Changes may occur gradually as salinity changes, but only up to a point. Once a critical threshold is passed, the community is entirely replaced. 

Read about the study.

Architecture at Zero Registration Deadline is January 10th

The Architecture at Zero competition challenge is to create a zero net energy bayside community education and visitor’s center, in support of the mission of the Estuary & Ocean Science (EOS) Center to connect science, society and the sea for a healthy planet. The EOS Center is located on San Francisco State University’s Romberg Tiburon Campus, 53 acres of bayside property in Tiburon, California.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Teacher and Researcher Program at the EOS Center

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Teacher and Researcher (STAR) program, led by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, is a nine-week paid summer research experience program for aspiring K-12 STEM teachers. STAR aims to produce excellent K-12 STEM teachers by providing aspiring teachers with opportunities to do authentic research while helping them translate their research experience into classroom practice. STAR supports the continued development of our Teacher-Researcher Fellows with ongoing professional development and networking opportunities.

Research Experience for Undergraduates program at the EOS Center & SF State

SF State and the EOS Center are pleased to announce that the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Biological Research in Ecological and Evolutionary Developmental Biology (BREED) program has been funded for another five years by the National Science Foundation through 2021. Students accepted into the program participate in a 10-week summer program of hands-on research mentored by a scientist and learn additional professional skills. Students receive a stipend and financial assistance with living expenses and travel costs. Applications are due January 15th

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.