In this Newsletter...

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

In this issue:

  • Out of the lab and into the world!
  • Photo of the Month
  • Events
  • Shout outs
  • Sally the Scientist
Photo of the Month:
Garibaldi (Hypsypops rubicundus) are official marine fish of California. These bright orange fish are a common sight around San Diego kelp forests. As member of the damselfish family, Garibaldis males are very territorial and act aggressively to protect their offspring  Sometimes they charge divers that get too close!
Photo Credit: Miranda Brett, M.S. student


Events & Opportunity

Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture: We can save coral reefs
Dr. Jeremy Jackson, marine biologist
Jan. 12th, Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Opportunity at the SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific Bioassay Laboratory: Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program. Apply at by Dec. 19th.
Contact: Marienne Colvin,

One of MEBSA's first members, Joshua Brower, is launching a Bike Lending Program at High Tech High North County and he could use your support! Check out his PledgeCents campaign here. Your donation will be matched by another donor between now and Dec. 16th.

Shout outs!


Tye Nichols finished his Masters Thesis studying the effects of boat noise on coastal fishes. Congratulations!
Alex Warneke presents her Master's Thesis research to the scientific community at SDSU.
Alex Warneke defended her Master Thesis evaluating the effects of copper pollution in a marine intertidal food web. Congratulations for finishing your Masters. We will miss you!


MEBSA received $6000 from the SDSU Student Success Fee to enhance our Marine Science Seminar Series! Please send us your speaker requests. Stay tuned for a new and improved seminar schedule.

Emily Jones awarded Best Student Poster at the Western Society of Naturalists Conference!
Poster title:  Geographic variation in the sensitivity of an herbivore-induced seaweed defense
Sally the Scientist

Click 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!

Support MEBSA

Our entire budget comes from donations and grants. If you would like to make a contribution to marine science outreach in San Diego, CA, please click here to donate. We greatly appreciate it! 

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 this October.

The Fair consisted of 66+ science and engineering exhibits designed to motivate 6th thru 12th grade students to pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).

MEBSA member exhibit at High Tech Fair
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, M.S. student at SDSU, presents his research on estuarine ecosystems to the scientific community.
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.
SDSU students, alumni, and faculty celebrate together at the Western Society of Naturalists Meeting in Tacoma, WA.
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!

Author: Priya Shukla, M.S. Candidate, contact at
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