Out of the lab and into the world!
MEBSA scientists have two primary goals: (1) conduct experiments to understand our environment, and (2) to share our findings.
Although we often conduct our experiments by ourselves or in small teams, our second goal requires us to get out of the lab and into the world!
As part of our commitment to inspire the next generation of scientists, we offered activities to ~4000 students at the San Diego Science Alliance’s 16th High Tech Fair
The Fair consisted of 66+ science and engineering exhibits designed to motivate 6th
grade students to pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).
A rocky intertidal crime scene entices young scientists at MEBSA's High Tech Fair exhibit.
MEBSA’s booth consisted of two activities designed to provide students with a ‘Cliff Notes’ version of what it’s like to be a marine biologist. First, a “Whodunnit?” activity challenged students to use their observational and research skills to solve a crime scene.
Second, visitors explored a tank filled with live specimens of the crime scene suspects: crabs, snails, sea slugs, algae, and other marine invertebrates.
We believe that by engaging aspiring and accomplished scientists, marine scientists will be better prepared to meet the challenges ahead.
Events that bring together science enthusiasts create a hub for exchanging ideas, inspiring innovation, and learning about cutting edge research. One such event is the Western Society of Naturalists (WSN) Conference, a meeting that brings together ocean experts to discuss new research and emerging issues in marine ecology.
This November, MEBSA members and SDSU faculty showcased their research to fellow experts at the 95th
WSN Conference in Tacoma, WA.
Nick Hayman presents his research on estuarine ecosystems to the scientific community.
Twelve graduate students, SDSU alumni, and two faculty members presented at the meeting. MEBSA’s own Emily Jones was awarded Best Poster! The topics of these presentations were incredibly diverse ranging from how predators alter animal behavior to how future climate change may affect the development of an organism.
Over 20 current and former SDSU professors, graduate students, and undergraduate students presented research at the Western Society of Naturalists Meeting in Tacoma, WA.
The theme of the meeting challenged us to redefine what conservation means in today’s world.
A panel of experts reminded us that local communities and social scientists are important components to successful conservation initiatives.
The lessons we learned from WSN and the excitement of the students at High Tech Fair inspire the MEBSA community to get out of the lab and into the world!