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.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
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