All along North America’s West Coast, sea stars are vanishing. The colorful invertebrates are falling victim to one of the largest epidemics ever seen in the ocean: a mysterious plague known as sea star wasting disease. A new study by researchers in the lab of Professor of Biology Sarah Cohen delves into the dramatic decline this disease has caused in Leptasterias — also known as six-rayed sea stars — around San Francisco Bay.
Research by EOS Center scientists suggests otters could thrive in wetlands like those in the Bay Area.
San Francisco Bay has seen a recent resurgence in marine mammal species, and new research by a team including San Francisco State University scientists suggests that there might be room for one more. Sea otters, the study shows, would find widespread food and habitat in the Bay — and could perhaps spread to other estuaries, too.
The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Biological Research in Ecological and Evolutionary Developmental Biology (BREED) program at SFSU's Estuary & Ocean Science Center is now accepting applications for summer 2020. 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 February 22, 2020.
What’s being done to protect Marin’s coastal lands from the effects of climate change?
If you joined us for the discussion with New York Times award winning investigative reporter Ian Urbina, you will want to watch his moving testimony before Congress.
EOS Center researchers write in the SF Examiner about their work on sea stars, whales and more
At the Estuary & Ocean Science (EOS) Center in Tiburon, San Francisco State University faculty and students tackle the toughest issues facing the Bay, from toxic algae blooms to whales tangled in fishing gear. Now EOS researchers are bringing this science to the public through an ongoing series in the San Francisco Examiner.
Read more at SF State News.
On October 21 and 22, a number of EOS Center students, faculty and alumni took part in the 14th “State of the San Francisco Estuary” conference in Oakland, an event held by the San Francisco Estuary Partnership to highlight efforts to manage and understand San Francisco’s estuary. Researchers at the EOS Center and its partner organizations presented 19 posters, and Professor of Biology Katharyn Boyer and EOS Center Executive Director and Professor of Biology Karina Nielsen both gave plenary talks at the event.
As Californians, there are few things we love more than the ocean. The water and beaches aren’t just remarkable natural resources, though—they’re essential to our state’s economy. Every day, research makes it more clear how climate change threatens California’s precious coasts, perhaps irrevocably.
Congratulations to EOS Center’s Dr. Katharyn Boyer who was inducted as a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences this month. The Fellows of the California Academy of Sciences are a group of distinguished scientists, nominated and appointed in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the natural sciences. Dr. Boyer was recognized for her teaching on conservation and management and her pioneering restoration work for climate change adaptation and protecting shorelines against erosion.
Global shipping traffic in and out of San Francisco Bay continues, which means a higher risk of introducing more invasive species.
In 1849, the Gold Rush brought over 700 ships carrying fortune-seeking gold miners to the San Francisco Bay Area looking to “strike it rich.” Little did they know that historical events like this, and a boom in the maritime industry, would bring an influx of vessels carrying tiny aquatic hitchhikers. Today, after a century and a half of maritime industry, San Francisco Bay is now home to more invasive species than any estuary in the world.