In this Newsletter...

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

In this issue:


Meet Sally the Scientist!

Sally is the newest scientist to join the SDSU family, and will be a permanent fixture at SDSU's Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory.  Sally helps researchers get the word out about their science, and gives you a behind the scenes look into the day to day events of a scientist.  Sally will go wading through the intertidal, take a dive in the local kelp forests, collect specimens in San Diego Bay, and will monitor experiments at the marine lab.  Sally will post about her science excursions and experiences on her own web page

But Sally wants everyone to join in! Go to here to print up your own Sally the Scientist, send in a picture of you and Sally doing science and we will post your picture on our webpage.  Every month Sally and MEBSA members will pick the best Sally the Scientist picture to showcase on our newsletter!
Want to meet Sally in person?  Come to the CMIL Open House on March 9th from 10 am to 4 pm and let Sally show you around the marine lab. Explore the tools and techniques Sally and other marine scientists use to conduct their experiments and meet the researchers of CMIL.

Photos of the Month:

SCUBA Sally explores the Point Loma kelp forest and takes a break next to a giant sea star and red algae.

Estuary Sally tromps through the mud flat at Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve and uses a sieve to find tiny tube worms.

In the News and Media

News stations all over San Diego interview CMIL’s very own Dr. Matthew Edwards! Dr. Edwards, along with Dr. Todd Anderson, shed light on questions regarding the testing of Fukushima radiation on kelp. Click the links below to read and hear all about it!

KPBS interviews Dr. Edwards

KPBS interviews Dr. Edwards and Dr. Anderson



Shout Outs!

Congratulations to the following students and faculty who published research and/or received awards.


SDSU Graduate Student Travel Fund recipients: Violet Compton, Emily Jones, and Sarah Wheeler
Mallarie Yeager received the Inamori Fellowship

CSU COAST Grant recipients: Katie Sievers, Erin Voigt, and Nick Hayman

Dolecal, R.E. and J.D. Long (2014). Chemically-mediated foraging by subtidal marine predators: a field test of tritrophic signaling. Marine Ecology Progress Series 498: 161-171.
Long, J.D., G. Toth, and H. Pavia (2013). Proximate and ultimate causes for transatlantic variation in seaweed defenses. Marine Ecology Progress Series 493: 83-89.


Support Student Research

Monica Tydlaska needs your help! Click the link below to support CMIL's graduate student, Monica, on her research regarding Marine Protected Areas.

How can we better protect the biodiversity of the rocky intertidal?

Ever wonder what goes on inside a marine research laboratory?  Ever wonder what gadgets and gizmos scientists use to study the marine environment?  Come visit the SDSU Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory (CMIL) and find out! Meet marine biologists and scientists, interact with local sea creatures, and learn about San Diego’s diverse marine ecosystems.

As a collaboration of students and faculty at SDSU we are thrilled to invite you to our third annual Open House at the SDSU Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory (CMIL) to occur on March 9th 2014 from 10 am to 4 pm.  Our annual Open House allows you a rare behind the scenes glimpse of research at a marine research laboratory.
The Open House is free and geared toward students, teachers, families.   The theme of this year’s open house is: Gadgets and Gizmos: The Tools we use for Science. Interactive activities will showcase the tools scientists at SDSU use to answer important research questions about local marine ecosystems.  Come find out how simple tools can help scientists tackle complicated questions.  Learn how to make artificial seagrass, measure kelp forest microbes, survey kelp forests using SCUBA, and much more!

Get to know SDSU scientists by attending presentations from graduate students and faculty members held every hour.  Join the fun and even get the chance to walk away with great prizes from one of our many raffles like snorkel gear, museum tickets, and kayak excursions.


10 am     Doors Open!

11 am     Student Presentations, 11:30 Raffle

  •  Sarah Wheeler What Lasers, satellites, and ear bones tell us about fish populations
  • Amalia Harrington Bodyguards and Small Houses: How to Survive When you're a Juvenile California Spiny Lobster

12 pm     Faculty Presentation, 12:30 Raffle

  • Dr. Brian Hentschel, How do tidal currents affect food webs in salt marshes? When people think about tides, the change in water level between low tide and high tides always comes to mind. The rise and fall of the tide also creates currents that vary in speed from one hour to the next and from place to place, especially in bays and estuaries. Dr. Brian Hentschel studies how the speeds of tidal currents in salt marsh creeks influence predation by bottom-feeding fish on small invertebrates living in the mud.  Click Here to see estuarine California Killifish feeding on the common spionid polychaetes in his flow manipulations studies using a flume!

1 pm       Student Presentations, 1:30 Raffle

  • Priya Shukla Some Like it Hot, Kelps like it Not: Kelp Forests in a Changing Ocean
  • Alex Warneke A disturbance in the force: The impact of human chemicals on ecological interactions

2 pm       Faculty Presentation, 2:30 Raffle

  • Dr. Forest Rhower Sampling Water Underwater? Dr. Rohwer and his marine microbial ecology lab focus on the important role of microbes and viruses in coral reef ecosystems.  They collect water samples from places like the Line Islands, Palmyra Atoll and most recently have begun research in the Arctic.  Although tiny (in one water sample there can be thousands to millions of microbes!) Dr. Rohwer is proving that these mighty microbes are big players in coral reef ecosystems.

3 pm       Student Presentations, 3:30 Raffle

  • Josh Brower Scared and Stressed Out: Fish Predators and Prey
  • Kate McDaniel In-gene-uity: Decoding the Invisible Life Stage

4 pm       Doors Close

Copyright © 2012 Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
4165 Spruance Rd.
San Diego, CA 92101
This Newsletter is brought to you by: