Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies

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SF State's bayside marine and estuarine research facility.

RTC News & Events Archive

 

2016

Oysters and eelgrass, unlikely heroes in the fight against rising seas

Living Shorelines Project shows species such as sea hares, eelgrass and even oysters shield the shore from erosion. Richmond Confidential, 12/8/16

 

Expert discusses causes of, solutions to overfishing during Romberg talk

Could the high seas become a “fish bank,” a place where the world’s fish can go to recover from the ravages of overfishing? The fish in our oceans are vital to the world’s population, feeding and providing livelihoods for hundreds of millions of people, Rashid Sumaila, a professor of fishery economics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, said during a recent talk at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies. The Ark, 11/30/16

 

Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies works to ensure healthy coastal ecosystems-Pacific Sun Education Issue

For students and scientists learning about and researching the condition of the ocean and its coasts, it’s hard to imagine a more scenic location than the one awaiting scholars and teachers at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies. David Templeton, Pacific Sun, 11/9/2016

 

NSF-funded program will prepare students to protect urban coasts

As the only marine laboratory located on San Francisco Bay, the Romberg Tiburon Center has long played an important role in studying coastal and estuarine ecosystems. Now, the Center will launch a new graduate program, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), that will prepare San Francisco State University students to help these regions adapt to global changes such as climate change, sea level rise and ecosystem shifts. SF State News, 10/19/16

 

Ocean conditions contributed to unprecedented 2015 toxic algal bloom

Senior Research Scientist Dr. William Cochlan is a co-author with researchers at the University of Washington and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on a new study that connects the unprecedented West Coast toxic algal bloom of 2015 to unusually warm ocean conditions — nicknamed “the blob” — earlier that year. "Previous laboratory studies by co-author William Cochlan of San Francisco State University showed that P. australis can take up nitrogen very quickly from a variety of sources, and appear to outcompete other, nontoxic phytoplankton in nutrient-depleted warm water. For the new study, Cochlan’s lab performed experiments with P. australis from the 2015 bloom. They showed that when these cells experience warmer temperatures and get more nutrients they can double or triple their cell division rates, allowing them to potentially bloom into a large population fairly quickly at sea." UW Today, 9/29/16

 

Secrets of sandy beaches revealed

The Ocean Science Trust has released a Sandy Beach Snapshot Report, one in a series of such reports on the South Coast Marine Protected Area (MPA) that highlights key scientific findings from monitoring conducted during the baseline period (2012-2017). Each Snapshot Report is a widely accessible translation of technical reports. The Sandy Beach report was created in part by RTC Director Karina Nielsen, expert in sandy beach ecology. 9/28/16

 

SF State is first West Coast institution to join global partnership to monitor marine ecosystems

Researchers at San Francisco State University’s Romberg Tiburon Center (RTC) for Environmental Studies have joined a global partnership, led by the Smithsonian Institution, aimed at better understanding the world’s marine ecosystems and how they may be affected by climate change. Jonathan Morales, SF State News, 9/13/16

 

California’s summer of slime: Algae blooms muck up waterways across state

"California waterways are exploding with potentially toxic algae blooms, another fallout from the prolonged drought." Once again, harmful algal bloom (HAB) expert Dr. Bill Cochlan is consulted on the phenomenon, which he attributes in part to excess nutrients accumulated in the drought and washed into waterways with last winter's rains. Ryan Sabalow, The Sacramento Bee, 8/12/16

 

Latest algae bloom, in Discovery Bay, threatens way of life

Harmful algal bloom (HAB) expert Dr. William Cochlan is quoted in this SF Chronicle story: “The frequency and duration of these algal blooms seems to be increasing,” said William Cochlan, a senior research scientist at San Francisco State University, while noting a trend that’s occurred for at least a decade. “Some of these are just natural events, and some may be exacerbated by human activities.” Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 7/27/16

 

Romberg partners with Smithsonian in global coastal research network (pdf, 981kb)

Scientists at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies are joining a global initiative, sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution, to study marine life in shallow water environments like Richardson Bay, where people and marine life most often come into contact. Gretchen Lang, The Ark Newspaper, 7/20/16

 

An Emissary from a Forgotten Past, Thriving in an Unlikely Home

Dr. Kathy Boyer and her students are working with ecologist Peter Baye on restoration of a rare coastal plant in SF Bay, which could be a sweet spot for restoration and conservation of entire ecosystems, and sea level rise adaption. “It was just this light bulb,” Boyer says. “It would be such an attractive way to go forward, trying to introduce a rare species but thinking about it from a much broader community or ecosystem level.” Eric Simons, Bay Nature, 7/19/16

 

Build waterfront park, not homes, at Point Molate

Journalist and author David Helvarg mentions Romberg Tiburon Center's interest in continuing to study and do restoration work in the healthy eelgrass bed at Point Molate in this Opinion piece about proposed development. San Francisco Chronicle, 7/18/16

 

Miles of Algae and a Multitude of Hazards

RTC Senior Research Scientist and harmful algal bloom expert Dr. William Cochlan is part of this New York Times Science article on the recent bloom in Florida and others around the world. The New York Times, 7/18/16

 

Climate change could further delay crab season

"When the state delayed our local Dungeness crab season last November, San Franciscans were upset. I heard people blame climate change for the toxic algae bloom that poisoned our crabs, but this explanation may be too simple. What really caused the unusual bloom of Pseudo-nitzschia phytoplankton and will our Thanksgiving plates be without crab again?" Robyn Purchia, San Francisco Examiner. 5/25/16

 

Humpback and blue whales feeding in record numbers off SF coast

The recently completed ACCESS Partnership Cruise made a "splash" while in port at the Exploratorium: "Record numbers of humpack and blue whales are feeding off the coast of San Francisco in a display of gluttony virtually unprecedented for this time of year, marine scientists fresh off a weeklong study near the Farallon Islands confirmed Sunday." Peter Fimrite, SFGate. 5/22/16

 

Scientists Seeing More Whales Than Ever Before In Bay Area Waters
"A group of scientists returned Sunday from their 13th annual research trip in the Farallones Marine Sanctuary, where they say they saw more whales than ever before." Mark Kelly, CBS Local (KPIX 5), 5/22/16

 

 

Scientists Find Whales & Rare Birds on Sonoma-San Mateo Ocean Study

Graduate student Ryan Hartnett (Nielsen Lab) is interviewed about findings on the latest ACCESS Partnership research cruise.

ABC7News, 5/22/16

 

Devoted senior dedicated to observing seals at Jenner Headlands. Graduate student Karen Backe (Hines Lab) is quoted in this story about citizen scientist Elinor Twohy and the value of her long-term data set. "Backe said she is the latest of several colleagues to utilize data collected by Twohy, applying it to work on climate change and coastal habitats. 'Elinor does amazing work, taking these daily observations in a way that is standardized, which makes it incredibly valuable,' Backe said." Mary Callahan, The Press Democrat, 5/12/16

 

New West Coast mission investigates ocean acidification threat.

On May 4, NOAA scientists, along with members and alumni of the Cochlan Lab, embarked on "the most extensive effort to understand changing ocean chemistry on the West Coast and its impact on economically and culturally important fish and shellfish." Research technician Chris Ikeda, and alumni Julian Herndon and Brian Bill are on board to investigate ocean acidification connections to harmful algal blooms. Keep track of the scientists' activities through this blog. 5/9/16

 

At Tiburon marine lab, kids spend quality time with eels, slugs and amphipods

Timmy Hsiao, 3, right, and brother Anthony, 5, watch as their mother Linda measures an invasive green crab Sunday during the Discovery Day event at the Romberg Tiburon Center. Janis Mara, The Marin Independent Journal, 5/2/16

 

Fishermen Ready for Opening of Bay Area Commercial Crab Season

As Dungeness crab season is set to open, ABC7's Wayne Freedman checks in with fishers and SF State's Dr. Bill Cochlan, who stated that aside from temperature, the parameters leading to toxin production is still unknown. ABC7 News, 3/25/16

 

See previous coverage of the impact of toxic algae on the Dungeness crab fishery in our News Archive.

 

More acidic oceans could reduce fertility for algae eaters

New research shows that increased levels of carbon dioxide in the oceans cause changes that alter key nutrients essential to the reproduction of animals low on the food web. According to graduate student researcher Morgan Meyers, the study “gives us a broader picture of how ocean acidification affects the food web beyond a single species." Lauren Lipuma, Earth & Ocean Science News, 2/29/16

 

Massive Public Works Project Will Help Clean Sacramento River

Senior Research Scientist Richard Dugdale was interviewed as part of this public radio report. Dr. Dugdale spoke about the potential impact of incompletely treated wastewater on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Amy Quinton, Capitol Public Radio News, 2/16/16

 

Federal relief may soon be on way for California Dungeness crab fisherman

ABC7's Wayne Freedman talks to Dr. Bill Cochlan about the need for research into the toxic algae blooms that shut down the fishery. "Well, I would say that if we don't want this to happen in the future, we have to understand the root causes," Cochlan said. Wayne Freedman, ABC7 News, 2/9/16

 

 

2015

Oyster work continues off San Rafael's shores (pdf, 199kb)

“It has not been a good year for eelgrass,” said Kathy Boyer, lead eelgrass researcher with San Francisco State University’s Romberg Tiburon Center. “It seems to have eroded away within the oyster reefs. The warmer temperatures in the bay is probably a cause. But all this work does help us better understand the restoration of eelgrass.” Mark Prado, Marin Independent Journal, 11/27/15

 

Tiburon Salmon Institute ordered to leave Romberg by September (pdf, 773kb)

"The Tiburon Salmon Institute, the salmon-rearing and education program behind the popular annual Kiss & Release event at Blackie’s Pasture, is looking for a new home after talks broke down between its director, Brooke Halsey, and San Francisco State University."

Mission clash: salmon releases 'not good science,' Romberg director asserts (pdf, 1MB)

"...in a document obtained by The Ark as part of a California Public Records Act request, Karina Nielsen, director of the Romberg Tiburon Center of Environmental Studies, says telling kids that releasing salmon into the bay is helping wild salmon populations is 'like telling kids unicorns and mermaids are real.' "

Documents: Romberg's conflicts with salmon institute pre-date new director (pdf, 757kb)

"Brooke Halsey dates his troubles at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies to 2014, when current director Karina Nielsen arrived. But long before Halsey went head to head with Nielsen, her predecessor, Newell “Toby” Garfield, recognized the need to regulate the Tiburon Salmon Institute for safety and liability reasons."

Gretchen Lang, The Ark, 11/25/15

 

California Lifts Fishing Ban On Certain Shellfish After Fewer Toxins Found

Toxic algae expert Dr. Bill Cochlan interviewed at RTC--“We’re moving in the right direction. But I wouldn’t plan your meal around crabs,” Cochlan said. KPIX news, 11/19/15

 

Romberg scientists study algae behind crab’s shutdown

"Scientists at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies are trying to uncover the root cause of the toxic algae bloom that has shut down the West Coast crab fishery and poisoned marine mammals up and down the coast, but their vital research may come to an abrupt halt if they don't receive more funding." Gretchen Lang, The Ark, 11/18/15

 

What's a 'toxic algal bloom'? SF State expert explains

A "toxic algal bloom" is the result of the rapid growth of an algal species that produces a biotoxin or phycotoxin, says William Cochlan, a senior research scientist at the Romberg Tiburon Center and a research professor of biology at San Francisco State University who has extensively researched harmful marine algae, including the primary species behind the current bloom, Pseudo-nitzchia australis. Jonathon Morales, SF State News, 11/17/15

 

RTC Director Karina Nielsen on KZYX Mendocino public radio

Dr. Nielsen, RTC Director and Professor of Biology at SF State, discusses California Marine Protected Areas, ocean warming, and the current situation with toxic algae and the Dungeness crab fishery with host Cal Winslow. Listen to the in depth interview here (mp3, 27MB). KZYK, 11/13/15

 

Toxin Spread That Delayed Crab Season Shines Light on Mysterious Algae

"The delay in opening California’s crab fisheries because of a toxin called domoic acid has made headlines lately. But for marine biologists, alarm over the summertime growth of Pseudo-nitzschia, the single-celled algae producing the toxin, started long ago." As reported on baynature.org. San Francisco Public Press, 11/11/15

 

From Mexico to Alaska, wasting disease kills off sea star populations

The Ark newspaper covered last week's Rosenberg Institute Public Forum, "The Sea Star Epidemic: An Arms Race for Marine Biodiversity," presented by Dr. Drew Harvell of Cornell University. "She urged citizens to keep supporting environmental legislation, marine research and research stations like the Romberg Tiburon Center. 'Your involvement in this incredible marine lab …that’s right here in your community — I think that’s one of the most important things,' she said." Gretchen Lang, The Ark, 11/11/15

 

‘Unprecedented’ Toxin Spread That Delayed Crab Season Shines Light on Mysterious Algae

"The delay in opening California’s crab fisheries because of a toxin called domoic acid has made headlines lately. But for marine biologists, alarm over the summertime growth of Pseudo-nitzschia, the single-celled algae producing the toxin, started long ago." Graelyn Brashear, baynature.org, 11/11/15

 

Toxic Dungeness crabs inspire climate change action

"A toxic bloom of Pseudo-nitzschia phytoplankton has doomed crab season...But climate change may be too simple an explanation for this year’s toxic crabs, said Dr. William Cochlan of San Francisco State University’s Romberg Tiburon Center. He told me Pseudo-nitzschia regularly grows in the Pacific Ocean, although not at the scope and toxicity he’s seen this year. He also reminded me the Pacific Ocean has regular El Nino seasons with warmer-than-usual water. If warm oceans were the only reason we aren’t stuffing our faces with local Dungeness crabs, toxic blooms would have contaminated our crabs before." Robyn Purchia, San Francisco Examiner, 11/11/15

 

See the Marine Lab where Scientist study the Plankton that has stopped a $60 million dollar industry

Behind the scenes look in the Marine Laboratory where Scientist study the Plankton that has stopped a $60 million dollar industry. It's called Pseudo-Nitzschia and it produces Domoic Acid. Don Ford, KPIX News, 11/10/15

 

TIBURON RESEARCHERS STUDY THIS YEAR'S TOXIC ALGAE BLOOM

"By now, we know that the Dungeness crab season has been delayed and we know the reason a toxic acid produced by algae in warmer, El Nino waters. One of the world's foremost experts on algae blooms is in Tiburon." Wayne Freedman, ABC7 News Bay Area, 11/9/15

 

Marin starfish population under attack by widespread wasting disease

"Starfish in Marin are dying at an alarming rate, and researchers at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies are trying to understand why." Marin Independent Journal, 11/8/15, San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times, Woodland Daily Democrat, 11/9/15

 

A California crab ban reveals trouble in the Pacific Ocean

Crab fishing is delayed, and poisoned sea lions are washing ashore, with a toxic algae to blame. Azure Gilman, Al Jazeera America, 11/6/15

 

Scientists suggest that extreme weather events are consequence of human-caused climate change

"On Thursday, scientists from the government informed that 2014’s extreme weather events — like last year’s wildfires in California and the cyclones in Hawaii — were worsened by the pollution and its consequential climate change." Quotes CBS Evening News story with Dr. Sarah Cohen. Pulse Headlines, 11/5/15

 

CBS Evening News Blames Thursday’s Severe Weather on Global Warming

"Thursday’s CBS Evening News led with the severe weather threatening those in the Midwest, but in addition to looking at the storm track and damage thus far, the storms were hyped as a consequence of global warming." MRC Newsbusters, 11/5/15

 

Human-caused climate change exacerbates extreme weather

"It's unbelievably warm. We have never had a warming event like this -- the extent of it, the different contributing factors, and how this going to play out this season leads scientists to have huge concerns," said Sarah Cohen who is a marine biologist at San Francisco State University. CBS News, 11/5/15

 

Crab season pinched by toxic algal bloom

Dr. Bill Cochlan is interviewed for this story: "A rare convergence of environmental factors — global warming, the effects of El Niño and a mass of warm water in the Pacific Ocean known as “The Blob” — has combined to produce one of the largest toxic algal blooms on record and a seasonal crop of dungeness and rock crab that state health officials say is unsafe to eat." San Francisco Chronicle, 11/4/15

 

Marine biology class learns from West Coast waters

On a bright afternoon with a clear view of the Golden Gate Bridge, students traversed rocks looking for crabs, seaweed and other ocean life. Golden Gate Xpress, Issue 10, Volume CI. 10/28/15

 

San Francisco Bay: Race to build wetlands is needed to stave off sea-level rise, scientists say

RTC scientists Kathy Boyer and Wim Kimmerer, alumni Whitney Thornton and Brian Ort, SERC's Chela Zabin make major contributions to the 2015 Science Update for the Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals Project, covered by the San Jose Mercury News: "San Francisco Bay is in a race against time, with billions of dollars of highways, airports, homes and office buildings at risk from rising seas, surging tides and extreme storms driven by climate change." San Jose Mercury News, 10/18/15

 

Dueling reports show a healthy bay, threat from microplastics

Scientists at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies say society must act immediately to reduce the amount of plastic in the environment after a recent sampling showed massive levels of microplastic contamination in San Francisco Bay. The Ark, September 30, 2015

 

Director Karina Nielsen interviewed for a Marin Independent Journal article "Marin's bay shores in better health, more work to be done, report finds."

Mark Prado of the Marin IJ interviewed Dr. Nielsen about the health of San Francisco Bay at the biennial State of the Estuary Conference on September 18. The conference coincided with a 96-page report put out by the San Francisco Estuary Partnership, using data contributed by over 30 local scientists. Marin Independent Journal, September 18, 2015

 

‘Hometown hero’ returns to Tioga High School as teacher

Former STAR (STEM Teacher and Researcher) summer intern William Hilton talks about his research experience at RTC in this feature. The Union Democrat, September 1, 2015

 

Monterey Bay Recovery in the Spotlight with 'Big Blue Live'

Director Karina Nielsen participates in KQED Forum discussion on the Monterey Bay ecosystem. KQED Forum, August 31, 2015

 

A Comeback Story: Porpoises return to Bay

This week's The Ark Newspaper's cover story features research conducted by RTC-SF State scientists and grad students, along with colleagues and volunteers from Golden Gate Cetacean Research. Read the complete story here (pdf, 696kb). The Ark Newspaper, August 5, 2015

 

Recent research by RTC scientists gets attention

A recent study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B by RTC's Dr. Jonathon Stillman and postdoctoral researcher Alex Gunderson found that animals that regulate their own body temperature may have trouble as the earth warms. Phys.org 5/19/15; Independent (United Kingdom) 5/19/15; Science Daily 5/19/15; ScienceNews 5/20/15; Science Newsline 5/20/15; NZHealthTec.com 5/22/15; KJZZ 5/21/15; IOL scitech 5/21/15; domain-b 5/26/15; Sierra Sun Times 5/24/15; The Wildlife Society 6/2/15; Eco-Business 6/17/15; KCBS Radio 6/20/15. June 22, 2015

 

Special Issue of the Journal of Experimental Biology features RTC scientists

A special issue of JEB, entitled "Biochemical adaptation: conservation and innovation in the face of environmental change," was just published to honor George Somero, a pioneer in biochemical adapation and comparative environmental physiology. Jonathon Stillman was a guest editor, is co-author on a paper entitled "Biochemical adaptation to ocean acidification" with Adam Paganini, and Paganini also designed the cover. June 17, 2015

 

Marin IJ Editorial: Oil-spill penalty pays dividends for bay

The Marin Independent Journal supports RTC's eelgrass restoration work in an editorial. June 14, 2015

 

Cosco Busan settlement helps Romberg Tiburon Center improve the bay

RTC scientists and others are using settlement fund dollars to try to kick-start eelgrass along Marin’s coast, including near the Rod and Gun Club in San Rafael, Corte Madera Bay and in Richardson Bay. Marin IJ, June 9, 2015

 

Professor Kathy Boyer's Wetlands Ecology class photographed by National Geographic

See the photo of SF State students examing fish collected from a local eelgrass bed, taken by Peter Essick (@peteressick) on Instagram! June 6, 2015

 

Of Mice and Men: An Endangered Bay Area Mouse in the Anthropocene

Grad student Anastasia Ennis blogged about her research on endangered salt marsh harvest mice for BAASICS latest program, "The Edge Effect." Learn more about the event to be held at SF State on June 14 here. baasics.com, May 22, 2015

 

"Cold-blooded" animals (ectotherms) find it hard to adjust to global warming

Analysis by RTC-SF State/UC Berkeley researchers Professor Jonathon Stillman and postdoctoral researcher Alex Gunderson finds that ectotherms may have trouble regulating their body temperature as the earth warms. Their study is published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Volume 282, Issue 1808. May 19, 2015

 

Coverage of the Cal Academy Philippines Expedition on CNN Philippines features RTC Board member Dr Terry Gosliner and Professor & Academy Fellow Sarah Cohen. May 13, 2015

 

Here We Go! On the road to getting data...

A fascinating update on graduate student Heather Richard's crowd-funded research on plastic pollution. experiment.com, May 9, 2015

 

What Does Biodiversity Do?

RTC grad student TJ Yokachonis and Smithsonian Marine Station researchers talk about it in Belize. Google Hangouts on Air, May 4, 2015

 

RTC Researcher introduces wetland ecology to Richmond's Kennedy High School

Stephanie Kiriakopolos, research technician for Dr. Kathy Boyer's wetland ecology laboratory, shared her expertise with Kennedy High School students on their field trip to Point Molate, one of the Boyer Lab's research sites. The event, "Connecting Richmond Students to their Waters" and its impact was mentioned by David Helvarg in the most recent Blue Frontier Campaign newsletter. April 14, 2015

 

Dr. Sarah Cohen joins California Academy of Sciences to conduct biodiversity survey in the Phillippines

Cohen, an Academy Fellow, is working with the Academy to catalog the incredible biodiversity of the Phillippines. "We are finding lots of new species here and working with local folks on education and outreach as well. Sort of like a seminar in coral reef biodiversity as we go. ...The outreach component of this NSF Biodiversity survey is an important and really interesting part of this project and I'm excited to participate in it more this year, in addition to the work on documenting diversity as a tunicate specialist." To read more about last year's similar expedition, visit Cal Academy's page here.

 

Romberg Tiburon Center researcher studies potential for plastics hosting metals in bay

How toxic heavy metals might attach themselves to plastics floating in San Francisco Bay is the subject of an ongoing research effort at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies. Marin Independent Journal, April 10, 2015

 

Cohen Lab collaborators at the University of Alaska post daily herring egg development

University of Alaska Southeast Sitka researchers, collaborators of Dr. Sarah Cohen on a National Fish and Wildlife Fund grant to study the impact of invasive "sea vomit" on herring eggs, publish photos of daily egg development on their Facebook page. April 8, 2015

 

From Drifter to Dynamo: the Story of Plankton KQED's Deep Look series recently spent two days with plankton experts Dr. Bill Cochlan and Dr. Wim Kimmerer, research technicians Melissa DuBose, Chris Ikeda, Toni Ignoffo and Anne Slaughter, and graduate student Charles Wingert to produce a webisode of their Deep Look series. KQED Science Deep Look. March 4, 2015

 

New paper on responses of porcelain crabs to temperature fluctuation

Jonathon Stillman was a co-author on a paper entitled "The proteomic response of cheliped myofibril tissue in the eurythermal porcelain crab Petrolisthes cinctipes to heat shock following acclimation to daily temperature fluctuations," published in the February 2015 issue of the Journal of Experimental Biology. February 1, 2015

 

Research conducted at RTC reveals possible function of calcification in coccolithophores

RTC alumnus ('14) Roy Bartal recently published a groundbreaking paper with co-authors Bingyan Shi (NSF-funded Research Experiences for Ungraduates student), Dr. Ed Carpenter, and Dr. Bill Cochlan. Limnology & Oceanography, Vol. 60:1, 149-158, January 2015. March 4, 2015

 

Gene sequencing offers insight into how species adapt to climate change

In an article to be published in the March issue of BioScience, biologists Jonathon H. Stillman and Eric Armstrong, both affiliated with San Francisco State University and the University of California, Berkeley, characterize the opportunities provided by NGS: "Next-generation sequencing approaches are fundamentally changing the way in which environmental scientists undertake studies to understand how organisms are responding or may respond in the future to climate change." TerraDaily.com. January 23, 2015

 

Racing with Copepods Premieres

Graduate student Ann Holmes and Sylvia Earle star in this short film on kids learning about sailing and the sea, which premiered at the Randall Museum. See more screening dates at racingwithcopepods.com. January 22, 2015

 

Romberg researcher makes new discoveries about sea stars

Graduate student Laura Melroy's sea star research is front page news--Preliminary research on Leptaserias spp. has shown that climate change may be forcing the marine creatures north ouf of their traditional habitats. The Ark. January 21, 2015

 

All in the (bigger) family: Revised arthropod tree marries crustacean and insect fields

Professor Jonathon Stillman is quoted in this News article reporting from the recent Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology meeting. Science, VOL 347 ISSUE 6219. January 16, 2015

 

Sea stars of the past help solve scientific questions of today

Graduate student Laura Melroy's research on local sea stars is featured in Stanford University Journalism's Peninsula Press.

January 12, 2015

 

2014

Sea stars of the past help solve questions of today

Graduate student Laura Melroy's research on local sea stars is featured in a Stanford University Journalism Graduate Program video on YouTube. December 15, 2014


We Make it Happen

RTC student researchers Allison Johnson, Mira Raykova, and Ann Holmes featured in new SF State promotional video. YouTube.com, December 12, 2014

 

Coastal Crabs in Survival Mode Under Climate Change

Researchers at San Francisco State University’s Romberg Tiburon Center have just published a paper showing that porcelain crabs, which inhabit nearly all the world’s oceans including Northern California coastal waters, can run out of energy for much beyond survival when their environment becomes too warm and too acidic, even for a brief period of time. Bay Nature. November 18, 2014

 

Crab Adapts to Warmer Water, at a Cost

A version of the online article published on www.nytimes.com on November 17 is published in The New York Times, New York edition, p. D2. November 18, 2014

 

Warmer water may scuttle activities of crabs

Small crabs found on California’s shores may be capable of adapting to a warming climate, but the effort will leave them little energy for tasks like growth and reproduction, researchers are reporting. www.nytimes.com. November 17, 2014

 

Climate change puts coastal crabs in survival mode, study finds

Porcelain crabs can adapt to a warming climate but will not have energy for much else beyond basic survival, according to new research published today from San Francisco State University. SF State Communications, November 12, 2014

 

Could More Diversity Break Conservation’s Polarizing Debate? 240 Leading Conservationists Say ‘Yes’ in New Open Letter

A new letter published in the journal Nature today from 240 leading conservationists argues that conservation’s impact on the world is being hindered by the field’s lack of inclusiveness — particularly of the many different values people hold for nature, and of the viewpoints of women and diverse ethnicities and cultures.

“This situation is stifling productive discourse, inhibiting funding, and halting progress,” argue the letter’s authors, which include former NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco; Heather Tallis, lead scientist of The Nature Conservancy; and Karina Nielsen, Director of the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies.

Nature 515, 27–28 doi:10.1038/515027a. November 6, 2014

 

Restored wetlands welcome wildlife and protect against future floods in San Francisco Bay Area

Climate change and resulting rising sea levels threaten a number of dwindling species in the San Francisco Bay Area. A new restoration project transforms industrial salt ponds into thriving marshland habitats to provide a new home for rodents, birds and fish, as well as increased flood protection for human residents. Graduate student Anastasia Ennis, studying the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse, is seen in the video. October 10, 2014

 

Marin Snapshot: Biologist takes over as Romberg Tiburon Center's director

Karina Nielsen is the new director of the Romberg Tiburon Center For Environmental Studies, San Francisco State University's off-campus marine laboratory that was established in 1978 by then university president Paul Romberg. MarinIJ, October 4, 2014

 

Bay Area Science Festival Schedule Announced

RTC will participate in the BASF on Sunday, October 26 from 2-4pm, as part of Explorer Days, offering open house-style tours (registration required). RTC will also participate in BASF's Discovery Day at AT&T Park on Saturday, November 1. September 8, 2014

 

Replanting the Bay's Underwater Meadows

In June, Dr. Kathy Boyer, associate professor of biology at San Francisco State University’s Romberg Tiburon Center, began a nine-year effort to restore 70 acres of native eelgrass in the SF Bay. The work is funded by settlement money from the Cosco Busan oil spill that emptied 58,000 gallons into the San Francisco Bay in 2007. baynature.org. August 26, 2014

 

Planting meadows in the ocean: technique may help restore disappearing seagrass beds

Seagrass meadows form important parts of many ocean ecosystems, but are disappearing due to human impacts. A study published recently in PLoS ONE found that they could benefit from a restoration technique using seed-filled pearl nets. mongabay.com. August 11, 2014

 

Native Eelgrass Transplant and Seeding

Why are these buoys in the water? RTC and NOAA explain SF Bay eelgrass restoration funded by the 2007 Cosco Busan oil spill damage assessment. (pdf, 736kb) August 4, 2014

 

Retail Operations Close at Drakes Bay Oyster Company

RTC's Dr. Katharyn Boyer and Joe Mueller of COM recommend a thorough study and an inventory of Drakes Estero’s natural resources after the oyster farm shuts down. July 31, 2014

 

Phytoplankton, Considered the World’s Lungs, Are in Deep Trouble From Climate Change

A new study funded by the National Science Foundation has found that the world’s phytoplankton may be in serious jeopardy due to climate change. Listen to the radio segment with Dr. Bill Cochlan or read about the research. June 18, 2014

 

Ocean acidification cruise explored effects pH on marine food web

A collaborative team of scientists led by RTC's Dr. William Cochlan measured nutritional quality and toxicity of phytoplankton in corrosive waters. Two Teachers-at-Sea from Texas and Tennessee also joined the expedition. June 11, 2014

 

RTC Director Karina Nielsen to speak at Belvedere-Tiburon Library

"From Cod Packing to Climate Change: the Past, Present, and Future of SF State University's Romberg Tiburon Center," will be presented by new Director Karina Nielsen on Thursday, September 11 at 7:30pm. Free and open to the public. September 8, 2014


RTC Scientists Participate in 2nd Google Science Fair Hangout

Associate Professor Kathy Boyer hosted a Google Hangout On Air for Google Science Fair 2014 and Connected Classrooms on Friday, June 13 at 10am, on the topic of restoring coastal ecosystems. Watch the recorded Hangout here. June 10, 2014

 

Rebuilding A Living Shoreline in San Francisco Bay - Experiments with Oysters and Eelgrass
Dr. Kathy Boyer participated in The Exploratorium's Conversations About Landscape series on Thursday May 29, from 6-8:30 pm at the Bay Observatory. She was part of a team speaking about an important restoration project in the Bay. Efforts by local scientists to re-introduce native oysters and eelgrass are creating new habitat for diverse species, and are also reducing wave action - showing promise as a mitigation factor in sea level rise. May 27, 2014

 

RTC Scientists Featured in Google Science Fair 2014 Hangout Highlights

Sarah Cohen and graduate student Darragh Clancy were featured in the “Google Science Fair 2014 Hangout Highlights.” They participated in the Google Science Fair Hangout in December 2013, discussing "sea vomit" and other invasive species, as well as biodiversity. See the full-length Hangout here. May 12, 2014

 

Our Souring Seas: How Will Ocean Acidification Affect Phytoplankton and Marine Food Webs?

On Tuesday, May 13, Dr. Bill Cochlan and his team embarked on a 25-day mission to study the effects of ocean acidification—the chemical changes caused by increasing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere--on phytoplankton, which are the foundation of all oceanic food webs. Before they went to sea, Dr. Cochlan explained the why, how, where, when and what of the research at The Exploratorium's Bay Observatory at 2pm Saturday, May 10. Free with Exploratorium admission. www.exploratorium.edu, May 9, 2014

 

Science Saturday: Submerged Aquatic Vegetation of Mountain Lake

Dr. Kathy Boyer kicked off this year’s series of "Science Saturday" talks at Mountain Lake Park in San Francisco on May 10 at 2pm with a talk on submerged aquatic vegetation.These cool underwater plants are helping to restore the health of Mountain Lake and other aquatic habitats throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Science Saturdays are held the second Saturday of each month at Mountain Lake Park. Golden Gate Parks Conservancy, May 9, 2014

 

New Genetics Research May Shed Light on the Secretive Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse

Genetics research being conducted by RTC graduate student Anastasia Ennis may help biologists with the US Fish and Wildlife Service keep tabs on the tiny salt marsh harvest mouse, and to develop future management decisions for the endangered mice. Bay Nature, May 6, 2014

 

“Zombees Present New Threat to Hive Activity” 

Interim Director and SF State Professor of Biology John Hafernik was interviewed about parasitized "Zombees" for a USA Today news video. usatoday.com, May 5, 2014

 

Climate change: Pacific Ocean acidity dissolving shells of key species, new study builds on Tiburon research

In a troubling new discovery, scientists studying ocean waters off California, Oregon and Washington have found the first evidence that increasing acidity in the ocean is dissolving the shells of a key species of tiny sea creature at the base of the food chain.

The report builds on Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies research that shows global warming is having an impact in the ocean. Marin Independent Journal, May 3, 2014

 

Two teachers to spend month on Pacific research ship with RTC scientists

Tennessee middle school teacher Trey Joyner will join Dr. Bill Cochlan and his collaborators on a month-long cruise to examine the physiological effects of ocean acidification on phytoplankton. Chattanooga Times Free Press, April 28, 2014

Texas high school teacher and SF State alumnus Denis Costello will also return for his fourth cruise with Dr. Cochlan. Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, February 16, 2014

 

Marin County student recognized by Romberg Tiburon Center

Romberg Tiburon Center awarded Max Brinegar of Novato, a fifth-grader at Montessori de Terra Linda, a special recognition award for his outstanding aquatic/environmental science project "Tidal wetlands restoration: determining optimum nursery growing conditions for Salicornia pacifica (pickleweed). A ten-week project." Max also won the grand prize in the environmental science division at the Marin County Elementary Science Fair. Marin IJ, April 27, 2014

 

RTC science and outreach highlighted in two videos produced by SF State on Rosenberg Institute events

SF State's Academic Technology Department produced a short video on "Public Engagement in Science at SF State's Romberg Tiburon Center" and a complete recording of the recent Rosenberg Institute Public Forum, "MarineGEO: Taking the Pulse of the Coastal Ocean." San Francisco State University YouTube Channel. April 15, 2014

 

Living Shorelines: Recruiting Oysters for Habitat Restoration and Climate Adaptation

Dr. Katharyn Boyer and the Living Shorelines Project are featured in "Dispatches from the Home Front," one in a series of articles highlighting groundbreaking work done by Bay Area institutions to comprehend, mitigate, and adapt to impacts of climate change on Bay Area ecosystems. Bay Nature, April-June 2014. April 2, 2014

 

Turning the Corner on Invasive Spartina

RTC graduate student Whitney Thornton is works with the Invasive Spartina Project to eradicate invasive Spartina alterniflora and restore native Spartina foliosa. Whitney and the ISP are featured in the Conservation in Action column of the current issue of Bay Nature. Bay Nature, April-June 2014. April 2, 2014

 

BioBlitz 2014 Species Inventory in Golden Gate National Parks

RTC scientists, students and colleagues participated in a two-day BioBlitz of citizen-assisted species inventories and educational events on Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29. They identified phytoplankton from Rodeo Lagoon in the Marin Headlands, helped citizen and professional scientists with inventories at Mori Point, conducted beach seines to inventory fish at Crissy Field, and counted dock fouling organisms at Horseshoe Cove and the NOAA Pier at Crissy Field. At the end of the BioBlitz, the preliminary count was 2,304 species, including over 80 species new to the GGNRA, and 15 threatened species. Click here for detailed results. March 29, 2014

 

BioBlitz 2014 Biodiversity Festival at Crissy Field

In addition to the science inventories, RTC is also participating in a Biodiversity Festival to celebrate Bay Area biodiversity with interactive exhibits and edutainment. Our intrepid volunteers will work with 1900 4th-8th graders on Friday, March 28 from 9am-5pm and the visiting public on Saturday, March 29 from 9am-4pm, to explore the biodiversity in a drop of Bay water. The event is free and no registration is required, please stop by! March 24, 2014

 

Amid California Drought, Migrating Birds Enjoy Pop-Up Cuisine

RTC Advisory Board member and Nature Conservancy scientist Mark Reynolds spoke to KQED's Lauren Sommer for NPR's special series on The Far Reach of the West's Drought. npr.org. February 22, 2014

 

Romberg Tiburon research could aid in helping critical bay eelgrass

Researchers at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies believe they have found a way to grow hearty eelgrass, a long, sinewy green weed that supports life in San Francisco Bay.Marin Independent Journal. February 21, 2014

 

Seed-filled buoys may help restore diverse sea meadows in San Francisco Bay

A pearl net filled with seedpods, tethered by a rope anchored in the coastal mud but swaying with the tide, could be an especially effective way to restore disappearing marine meadows of eelgrass, according to a new study. SF State News. February 21, 2014

 

Professor of Biology John Hafernik's research of parasitized honeybees has uncovered the first “ZomBees” on the East Coast.

SF State Professor and RTC Interim Director Dr. John Hafernik gets international press in USA Today, the Huffington Post and the following outlets upon discovery of "ZomBees" in Vermont. KFOR 2/5/14 ; KPLC 2/5/14 ; WPTV 2/5/14 ; My High Plains 2/5/14 ; KFDX 2/5/14AgriNews 2/4/14Tottenham News 2/3/14 ; Die Welt 2/4/14Tech Times 2/3/14French Tribune 2/2/14Web.de  2/3/14WFMY 2/2/14Guardian Liberty Voice 2/1/14WRTV 2/1/14WPRO 2/1/14 SF State News. January 28, 2014

 

New studies needed to predict how marine organisms may adapt to the future's acidic oceans

Dr. Jonathon Stillman speaks to SF State News about the article he co-authored in Trends in Ecology and Evolution. January 27, 2014

 

Scientists Test Responses of Fish in Early Life Stages to Acidifying, Warming Oceans

Anne Todgham's research examining how well developing marine life tolerate changes in temperature and CO2 levels was the focus of an Antarctic Sun article. January 17, 2014

 

More Antarctic research being conducted by RTC scientists.

Graduate student Andrew Kalmbach from Dr. Ed Carpenter's Microbial Ecology lab is in the Dry Valleys region studying algae, and keeping a blog at http://www.radioactivealgae.blogspot.com/. January 16, 2014

 

More Financial Awards for RTC Student Research

Congratulations to multiple Climate Change Scholars award winners Maribel Albarran (Cochlan Lab) and Abraham King Cada (Komada Lab), and to COAST Graduate Student Research Award winners Elize Papineau (Stillman Lab) and Charles Wingert (Cochlan Lab). Elize is working on differential gene expression of the "water flea" Daphnia pulex evolving under different conditions of salinity and temperature, while Charles is studying the effects of increasing ocean acidity on the diatoms of the California upwelling system. January 28, 2014

 

How do you solve a problem like Spartina?

Alameda-based marine research suggests a promising outlook for the Bay’s once-threatened aquatic environment. The story incudes an interview with graduate student Whitney Thornton (Boyer Lab) about her thesis research on restoration ecology of cordgrass, and research by Dr. Kathy Boyer and former graduate student Stephanie Kiriakopolos. Alameda Magazine. January 3, 2014

 

Aquatic Diversity in the Bay: What, When and Why?

Dr. Sarah Cohen will introduce audience to "sea vomit", and other species as she spotlights aquatic diversity in the Bay as part of the multimedia event BAASICS.4: Watershed at the ODC Theater in San Francisco on Saturday, January 18 from 7-9pm. January 5, 2014

 

2013

Interim Director Dr. John Hafernik's ZomBee Watch one of KQED's Top Ten Science Stories of 2013

Dr. Hafernik's "zombee" research was one of the most popular stories of the year. View the influential story on KQED. December 20, 2013

 

Hangout in the Cohen Lab with Google Science Fair and Connected Classrooms

Dr. Sarah Cohen and graduate student Darragh Clancy presented "Sea Vomit! How an invasive creature from the deep affects biodiversity" on Friday, December 20. View the recorded session on YouTube. December 20, 2013

 

A New Course For RTC

With a generous gift from Barbara and Richard Rosenberg, it’s full speed ahead for SF State’s Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies. SF State Magazine. December 6, 2013

 

Watershed Field Trip #3: Nets, stars, and vomit.

Dr. Sarah Cohen leads a virtual field trip at RTC for the Bay Area Art and Science Interdisciplinary Collaborative Sessions, in advance of a January prestentation on watersheds. www.baasics.org. December 4, 2013

 

2-Million Oysters Settle Into New Home On San Francisco Bay

RTC's Dr. Katharyn Boyer talks to CBS about the Living Shorelines Project. December 3, 2013

 

The Bizarre, Beautiful, Fascinating World Beneath Antarctic Ice

A team of environmental physiologists led by Anne Todgham is spending several seasons at McMurdo conducting experiments on two Antarctic species—the dragonfish and the emerald rock cod—to determine what their fate might be, and by extension, the fate of the larger polar ecosystem. slate.com. November 26, 2013

 

More than 2 million Olympia oysters populate project off San Rafael shores

As part of the state Coastal Conservancy's San Francisco Bay Living Shoreline Project, reefs were built and dropped about 600 feet into San Rafael Bay near Starkweather Park last July. A little more than a year later, more than 2 million Olympia oysters, and other associated creatures, have turned up. November 15, 2013

 

2 million oysters in bay begin restoration effort

RTC scientists are working with UC Davis researchers and others as part of the San Francisco Bay Living Shorelines Project. Thursday researchers reported that two million native oysters have settled on man-made reefs in San Francisco Bay over the past year, marking the first major success in an effort to bring back a species ravaged by human excess. November 15, 2013

 

Tiburon Romberg study shows algae may have positive impact on global warming

A single-celled algae may still be able to grow calcified shells even as oceans grow warmer and more acidic, which could help slow or reverse global warming, according to research at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies. marinij.com. August 26, 2013

 

Carbon-sequestering ocean plants may cope with climate changes over the long run

A year-long experiment on tiny ocean organisms called coccolithophores suggests that the single-celled algae may still be able to grow their calcified shells even as oceans grow warmer and more acidic in Earth's near future. August 26, 2013

 

Searching for clues on fish declines in the Delta

Delta Science Fellow Julien Moderan is searching for clues as to why so many pelagic fishes in San Francisco Estuary are declining, despite efforts to protect them. August 15, 2013

 

Limpets may be biggest clue to local climate change

Most people associate climate change with dramatic events like big storms, or drought, or large chunks of ice disappearing from the arctic. In most cases, the effects are more subtle. ABC7 News follows a San Francisco State University researcher who has been looking at climate change on a much smaller scale. August 2, 2013

 

Gift creates Rosenberg Institute for Marine Biology and Environmental Science

San Francisco State University announced today the creation of a new Institute at the Romberg Tiburon Center (RTC), funded by Barbara and Richard Rosenberg who donated $1 million to support the research center’s efforts to communicate the science behind the world’s ocean environments. July 17, 2013

 

New and improved Bay Currents app is available

SF State's updated Bay Currents app is now available in the iTunes Store for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. In addition to measuring near real-time surface currents using HF radar, the app now forecasts up to 6 hours into the future. Learn more on our Monitoring Site and in our last issue of bayside. July 16, 2013

 

America's Armada anchored near the Romberg Tiburon Center

The July issue of Marin Magazine features rare photos and an account of the Great White Fleet's visit to the RTC site, which was a Navy coaling station in 1908. July 11, 2013

 

Marin Independent Journal reports on partnership agreement between SERC and RTC

The environmental research arm of the prestigious Smithsonian Institution has signed an agreement to team with the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies to take the pulse of San Francisco Bay's health. MarinIJ.com, June 21, 2013

 

RTC signs partnership agreement with Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

The Romberg Tiburon Center’s partnership with the Smithsonian Institute will pave the way for collaborative research of the coastal marine environment. June 17, 2013

 

Tiburon marine research shows peril global warming brings to sea species

A San Francisco State University student who spent nearly three years analyzing dime-sized sea snails along the Tiburon shore has compiled data indicating global warming could affect not only the species but other sea life critical in the food web. Brittany Bjelde's original paper was published in the Journal of Experimental Biology. June 10, 2013

 

Buoy to gauge bay's changing chemistry

Romberg Tiburon Center equipment specialist Chris Raleigh helped to install a buoy at the Exploratorium at Pier 15 that will collect and transmit water chemistry data for six months to a year. April 30, 2013

 

Crash of the waves calls sea urchins home

The purple sea urchin knows it’s time to settle down when it senses the turbulence of breaking waves on a rocky shore, according to research by an ecologist at Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies. April 26, 2013

 

Red tide isn't red, but it is toxic

In two years of painstaking lab experiments using chemically regulated artificial seawater laced with quantities of nitrogen-containing chemicals, Dr. Cochlan and Maureen Auro, his former graduate student, studied the precise effects of nitrogen on the toxic species of phytoplankton called pseudo-nitzschia that is common in the massive blooms of algae seen in the ocean off Bay Area shores. SF Gate. February 28, 2013

 

Springtime ocean currents drive growth of toxic plankton

Dr. Bill Cochlan's recent study published in the Journal of Phycology examined the diatom (a form of phytoplankton) known as Pseudo-nitzschia cuspidata and the toxin that it produces when exposed to higher than average nitrate levels.

Ocean Beach Bulletin. February 28, 2013

 

Phytoplankton Causing Disorientation In Sea Lions, Potentially People

Video interview with RTC's Dr. Bill Cochlan. CBS San Francisco. February 22, 2013

 

Tiburon researchers discover more about toxin that attacks sea life

Researchers at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies are uncovering what's behind harmful toxins in the ocean that sicken thousands of sea mammals and birds every year. MarinIJ.com. February 19, 2013

 

Nitrogen Pollution Drives Harmful Algae Growth

Nitrogen in oceans fuels the growth of two tiny but toxic algae species harmful to marine life and human health, warns a new study. Zeenews.comFebruary 12, 2013

 

Dr. Jonathon Stillman and Tessa Page on coral bleaching

Their in-depth article was published in the recent issue of Reef Hobbyist. February 1, 2013

 

RTC/SF State graduates join select group of CA Sea Grant Fellows

Hayley Carter (former Stillman Lab) and Andrea Dransfield (former Hines Lab) are among 13 selected for year-long fellowships in marine policy and resource management. Read more here. January 24, 2013

 

Congrats RTC Winners of COAST Student Awards for Marine Science Research

Congratulations Carley Turner (Stillman Lab), Lauren Scheinberg (Boyer Lab), Morgan Meyers (Carpenter Lab), Darragh Clancy (Cohen Lab), Katherine McLean (Todgham Lab) and Nicole Travis (Wilkerson Lab), winnners of COAST Awards for Marine Science Research. January 22, 2013

 

Dr. Bill Cochlan interviewed in Scientific American

Dr. Cochlan was interviewed for the December 21 issue of Scientific American, on the topic of harmful algal blooms. January 3, 2013

 

2012

RTC Alumni published in Microbial Ecology

Former graduate students Nastassia Patin, now a PhD student at Scripps Institute of Oceanography, and Ulrika Lidstrom, now employed at Taxon Biosciences, publish paper on microbial diversity. December 12, 2012

 

Dr. William Cochlan on Phytoplankton

Dr. Cochlan spoke to Cordell Bank Marine Sanctuary's Jennifer Stock on this month's Ocean Currents radio show on KWMR. December 6, 2012

 

Of Geese and Eelgrass

RTC Research Technician Stephanie Kiriakopolos and grad students Evyan Borgnis and Aaron Johnson are featured in the November issue of Estuary News. November 28, 2012

 

Dr. William Cochlan: Crafting Competitive Research Proposals

Dr. Cochlan's course on effective research proposal writing yields multiple successful student proposals. SF State's Biology Department BioNews. November 27, 2012

 

Science on the Land: Suisun thistles get a helping hand at Rush Ranch

RTC graduate student Rosa Schneider asks "why the federally-endangered Suisun thistle is rare, and if invasive, non-native pepperweed has anything to do with it." Solano Land Trust Vistas. November 26, 2012

 

Exploratorium to reopen on SF waterfront

RTC research is part of three outdoor exhibits at the new Exploratorium, set to reopen April 17 on Pier 15. November 1, 2012

 

Discovering the Bay at Romberg Tiburon Center

Graduate student Chris Ikeda made the front page of The Ark newspaper after the October 21 Discovery Day open house. October 29, 2012

 

Discovery Day featured in the Ark Newspaper

Sea vomit? Ocean floor samples that you can eat? Racing phytoplankton? These are some of the weird and wonderful things you will encounter when the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies hosts its annual Discovery Day on Oct. 21. October 18, 2012

 

Scientists look for ways to kill Sitka tunicate

Sarah Cohen has built her career studying invasive marine species. But even this San Francisco State University professor admits there are some unique hurdles when working with Sitka’s most unwelcome visitor, D. vex. September 25, 2012

 

Living laboratory to study harmful algal blooms in Puget Sound

RTC's Dr. William Cochlan and collaborators have set up a mobile harmful algal bloom (HAB) lab at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratory to investigate the growth and toxicity of the fish-killing algae, Heterosigma akashiwo. July 9, 2012

 

Submerged Surprise in Suisun

Dr. Katharyn Boyer's NOAA funded surveys show extensive beds of native sumberged aquatic vegetation (SAVs). Estuary News. April 20, 2012

 

RTC science featured in SF Bay primer

Dr. Katharyn Boyer graces the cover of A Natural History of San Francisco Bay, a complete primer on the bay with research from RTC scientists. April 20, 2012

 

New app for smooth sailing

Free Bay Currents app, developed by SF Sate researchers now available. Current conditions are updated every half-hour, along with a projection for the next two hours. March 11, 2012

 

 
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