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.
If you’ve visited the rocky California coast at low tide, you’ve probably seen, stepped on, and stuck fingers into carpets of aggregating sea anemones, or sea flowers. These elegant and colorful masses of tentacles, ever-present in the intertidal, close up during low tide to present as dark green blobs.
About 85% of the West Coast’s estuaries, which provide vital habitat for a diverse set of wildlife and various benefits for humans, have been lost in large part because of development.
Captain of the Ship – a woman at the helm
An interview with Estuary & Ocean Science Center's Amanda Dostie by staff members Aimee Good and Sarah Ferner
On a recent sunny day, we pounded large wooden branches into the sand and mud next to newly planted shrubs at a salt marsh in a northern part of San Francisco Bay. Our research lab, led by Dr. Katharyn Boyer at San Francisco State University’s Estuary & Ocean Science (EOS) Center, was testing whether an endangered plant with a propensity to climb can help provide endangered animals with refuge from increasingly rising seas.
Dr. Wim Kimmerer’s publications featured in “Ten Essential Bay–Delta Articles”. His publication from 2009 “Is the Response of Estuarine Nekton to Freshwater flow in the San Francisco Estuary explained by variation in habitat volume?” was included as one of the ten essential papers.
The conservation work of our faculty, students and staff reaches far and wide, bridging generations, across the Bay Area, both at work and at home.
Our own Dr. Mike Vasey (Director of the SF Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve) helped save the land at Mori Point [San Mateo Co.] in 2000. Now his daughter Georgia Vasey works for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy stewarding that land nearly every day.