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.
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.
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.
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.
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.