In this Newsletter...

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

CMIL's real life Sally the Scientist, Kate Mcdaniel, at the 3rd Annual Open House (Photo credit: E. Jones).

In this issue:

We share the fun and festivities of CMIL's 3rd Annual Open House.

Photos of the Month:

This month Sally the Scientist traveled to Washington DC for the Zostera Experimental Network (ZEN) scientific conference held at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History. Conferences are a vital part of a scientist's job; it's when scientists share their research findings and network with one another. For more information on the ZEN project, including a blog about our research, please visit our website at (Photo credit: E. Voigt).


Join The Birch Aquarium for a special evening under the sea featuring UC San Diego music graduate students. Stroll through the aquarium and enjoy exciting live music written for this unique event and inspired by the ocean and marine life. There will be additional sound-art pieces composed by local high school students from A Reason To Survive (ARTS).  Click here for more information and directions.

What: Springfest
When: April 13th, 6-8pm 
Where: Birch Aquarium

Shout outs!

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


Emily Jones received a Susan and Stephen Weber Endowed Scholarship from SDSU.

Shelby Rinehart was awarded the Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetland Studies.

Alex Warneke won a Provost Award for her poster at the SDSU Student Research Symposium.

Staaterman ER, Bhandiwad AA, Gravinese PM, Moeller PM, Reichenbach ZC, Shantz AA, Shiffman DS, Toth LT, Warneke AM, Gallagher AJ. (2014). Lights, camera, science: The utility and growing popularity of film festivals at scientific meetings. Ideas in Ecology and Evolution 7:11-16


The Success of CMIL's 2014 Open House 

It was a sunny day in San Diego on Sunday March 9th, 2014. The Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory was bustling with activity. San Diego State University students, and members of the general public participated in educational activities put on by each of eight participating faculty, listened to fascinating talks by faculty members and graduate students, and the kids collected the tools we use for science with Sally the Scientist.

MEBSA members welcome visitors where they met Sally the Scientist for the first time (Photo credit: E. Jones).

This was the scene at the 3rd Annual CMIL Open House, Gadgets and Gizmos: The Tools We Use for Science. This annual event at the CMIL, hosted by MEBSA, allows students and public members to tour a working marine laboratory, participate in activities to learn about the systems we work in, and understand what we do. Highlights of the Open House included walking through a life size kelp forest, meeting our closest invertebrate relatives (sea squirts), and learning how to sample microbes from shark skin. 

SDSU M.S. Candidate, Breckie McCollum, explains how she modifies simple polypropylene rope to study the survival of kelp  (Photo credit: A. Renick).

Since its inception in May 2012, the Open House has grown tremendously. This year, we had approximately 600 guests, plus 75 volunteers who helped make the day run smoothly. Following the success of the faculty presentations last year,  Dr. Brian Hentschel discussed tidal currents and fluctuations in estuaries and Dr. Forest Rohwer talked about his research on coral reef microbial communities. In addition, six graduate students talked about their research projects. Sally the Scientist made her debut at the open house as well. We hope that the public take Sally on their scientific adventures in San Diego and send us pictures with her to put on our website and in our newsletters (check out the left hand column!). Thank you to all of the individuals and organizations, especially the Fish Market, that made donations at our Open House. Your contributions raised $1500 for MEBSA outreach activities and CMIL academic improvements. 

Kids help Sally sort fish for the Anderson's lab activity (Photo credit: A. Renick).

Cheers to an awesome Open House and to you, our wonderful supporters! We hope to see all you at the Open House next year.

Author: Nicholas Hayman, M.Sc., contact at

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