In this Newsletter...

We feature current research, events and outreach activities at SDSU's Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory.

In this issue:

  • Flippers, fins & films
  • Photos of the Month
  • Events
  • Shout outs
  • Sally the Scientist
Photos of the Month:

The black turban snail, Tegula funebralis, is one of the most abundant snail species on California rocky shores.  When it munches on the brown algae Silvetia compressa seen here, the algae becomes less tasty to other hungry snails. (Photo credit: E. Jones)


A giant black sea bass cruises by to check out the urchins living on PhD student Robert Dunn's experimental rocky reefs in the Point Loma kelp forest. Robert studies the effect of predators, like black sea bass, on purple urchins. 
(Photo credit: R. Dunn)


High Tech Fair
Oct. 21 Student Parent night at the Del Mar Fair Grounds
Come see MEBSA's marine science exhibit!
Event organized by San Diego Science Alliance

2nd Annual CA STEM Symposium
Sept. 22-23 at the San Diego Convention Center

Shout outs!

Congratulations to MEBSA Co-Founder Violet Compton for completing her dissertation! Your enthusiasm for science and outreach inspires us to work hard, be creative and give back to the community.

Congratulations to Max Castorani for completing his PhD! Max will continue to study marine ecology in a post-doctoral position at UC Santa Barbara.

Congratulations to Josh Brower and Amalia Harrington for completing their masters degrees! Josh will continue to inspire the next generation of scientists as an environmental science teacher at High Tech High North County.



Melissa Blando, Erin Voigt and Miranda Brett received the Harold and June Grant Memorial Scholarship

Erin Voigt received the Lerner-Gray Grant for Marine Research


SDSU authors in bold
Bracken, M.E.S., R. Dolecal, and J.D. Long (2014) Community contexts mediates the top-down versus bottom-up effects of grazers on rocky shores. Ecology 95: 1458-1463.

Castorani, M.C.N., K.A. Hovel, S.L. Williams, and M.L. Baskett. (2014) Disturbance facilitates the coexistence of antagonistic ecosystem engineers in California estuaries. Ecology 95 (8):2277-2288.

Rinehart, S., M. Guidone, A. Ziegler, T. Schollmeier, and C. Thornber (2014) Overwintering strategies of bloom-forming Ulva species in Narragansett Bay, RI. Botanica Marina (0): 1437-4323.

Flippers, Fins and Films!

MEBSA members form expert panel at the Beneath the Waves Film Festival
This August CMIL scientists and Scripps Institution of Oceanography colleagues joined the Beneath the Waves Film Festival for a night of science on the silver screen. Our wonderful partners at the Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista hosted the festival and opened their aquariums to filmgoers of all ages.


Uniting ocean lovers with film 
The Festival united ocean enthusiasts with its unique global platform for ocean conservation, education and discovery. Six graduate students created the festival in 2009 and since then it has traveled all over the world in an effort to raise awareness of marine issues, science and ocean protection.

The movie night at the Discovery Center showcased a wide variety of ocean-themed films ranging from shark conservation to plastic pollution. During intermission visitors fed sharks and lounged with sea turtles.


Ocean Q's answered by MEBSA
MEBSA scientists led a Q&A panel for all in attendance. The audience was particularly interested in learning more about local and global ocean issues. Visitors engaged the panel in a 45 minute discussion.

The MEBSA panel helped address some of the audience's concerns about plastic pollution, the global trade of shark fin and the significance of Marine Protected Areas in CaliforniaMost importantly, the panel offered feasible solutions to lower our environmental impact and support sustainable oceans.

Author: Alex Warneke, M.Sc., contact at

Sally the Scientist

Sally helps divers from the Hovel Lab deploy predation tethers, sometimes referred to as "podcicles," in a seagrass bed. Scientists use tethers to measure predation. This summer the Hovel lab deployed these tethers in San Diego in conjunction with scientists at 40 sites around the world participating in the Zostera Experimental Network.

here to print your own Sally. Send in a picture of you and Sally exploring and we will post it on our webpage.  Every month we showcase our favorite Sally picture in our newsletter!
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