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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.