In this Newsletter...

We recap the 2nd Annual Open House at SDSU's Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory.

Attendees enjoyed the various activities at CMIL's 2nd Annual Open House.

In this issue:

Recap of the 2nd Annual Open House

  • Highlights

  • In the News and Media

Photo of the Month
Shout Outs!

Photo of the Month:

SDSU faculty, students, and volunteers pose for a quick picture after a fun and eventful day at CMIL's 2nd Annual Open House. 


Join the largest free annual environmental fair in the world, right here in sunny San Diego. There will be 300 exhibits, an art show, food pavilion, live entertainment, kids area, parade, and much more.

What: 2013 San Diego Earth Fair
When: April 21st, 10am-5pm
Where: Balboa Park

Shout Outs!

We would like to acknowledge the following SDSU faculty and students:

Dr. Kevin Hovel received the Dr. Roger Revelle Perpetual Award. He is recognized as an individual who takes initiative to help resolve ocean issues and encourages stewardship of ocean resources. Read more about Dr. Hovel's research here . 

MEBSA won the Ocean Leadership Award (category: community organization) for excellence in ocean stewardship.

Sarah Wheeler was nominated for the Ocean Leadership Award (category: community member) for excellence in ocean stewardship.

Chris Millow received 1st place for the Student Presentation Award at the Pacific Seabird Group Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon

Recent Publications:
MacDonald, B.D., Madrak, S.V., Lewison, R.L., Seminoff, J.A., Tomoharu, E. Fine scale diel movement of the east Pacific green turtle, Chelonia mydas, in a highly urbanized foraging environment. J.Exp.Mar.Biol.Ecol., 443 (2013), pp. 56-64

Madark, Sheila V. and Dodds, Derek. "Guardians of the Sea." Deep Surf Magazine April 2013: 68. Print.

Student Research Awards
Congratulations to the SDSU students receiving research grants this past month! 

Alex Warneke: Women's Environmental Council Scholarship


CMIL gets Connected at
the 2nd Annual Open House

          It was a scene of inquisitive exploration and creation. Masses of kids and their families huddled around the fish printing station, and they learned how fish coloration allows fish to hide in different habitats. Girl scouts walked around CMIL with fish tails waving from “fish vests” made at the pollution/recycling table. In the kelp forest tunnel, a student looked incredulously at a small, purple spiky ball and learned that urchins is responsible for transforming a kelp forest into an aptly named urchin barren.  This, of course, was the scene at the 2nd annual Coastal and Marine Institute Lab Open House hosted by the Marine Ecology and Biology Student Association. One of the goals of the Open House was to bring public awareness of how we are connected to the environment. To find out more, watch our informational video here.

Lee helping kids create marine critters out of plastic bottles and paper bags.
          The 2nd annual Open House at the Coastal and Marine Institute Lab, held on March 10th, introduced the San Diego public to the inner workings of an active marine lab. The open house included lab-wide activities, as well as demonstrations and activities hosted by individual faculty members’ labs focusing on their area of research. Visitors to CMIL enjoyed a guided tour of the lab, raffles for prizes donated by local businesses, and engaging presentations by Dr. Jeremy Long and Dr. Matt Edwards about the research they do at CMIL and its relevance to citizens of San Diego. Faculty labs hosted a variety of fun, interactive activities, including a walk-through kelp forest replica and a larval settlement game that had kid “larvae” racing away from predators and getting trapped in eddies. The event included fresh grilled fish, and other sustainable food, generously donated by The Fish Market. If you missed it this year, we hope to see you next year!
Josh giving a tour of CMIL's facilities to the public.
          This event was made possible by the generous support of Associated Students of San Diego State University: Cultural Arts and Special Events, Ocean Enterprises, Girl Scouts of San Diego, Trader co, San Diego State University Aztec Shops, Daniel Gualuppo Productions, the USS Midway Museum, and our hard working volunteers.

Author: Nicholas Hayman, M.S. student, Open House coordinator, contact at
Juvenile halibut

MEBSA helpers (Priya, Matt, and Wesley) educating kids about marine organisms at the touch tank activity.


  • Over 750 people attended (800 including volunteers).
  • We had approximately 50 volunteers.
  • San Diego 6 and KUSI channel 9 news teams covered the event, reaching 24,293 and 42,190 TV viewers, respectively.
  • Thanks to the generous donations $920 was raised for MEBSA/CMIL.
  • We had 2 fantastic faculty presentations given by Dr. Jeremy Long and Dr. Matthew Edwards
  • We had 9 interactive activities from 8 different laboratories.

Violet holding a rockfish before making a fish print.

In the News and Media 

  • San Diego 6 and KUSI channel 9 news teams visited and reported the 2nd Annual Open House. Click here to view the San Diego 6 news coverage and here to view the KUSI channel 9 news coverage.
  • CMIL compiled a video to educate the public about CMIL's research and outreach activities. Click here to view.
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