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Fri, 14 Dec 2007

Former SBC graduate student, Stu Levenbach, accepts position with NOAA Office of Management and Budget
In November 2007 former SBC LTER graduate student Stu Levenbach started a position as the Program Examiner for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the agency's Office of Management and Budget (OMB). As an examiner for NOAA, Stu reviews the agency's annual budget request and helps recommend the level of funding referred to Congress as part of the President's budget. In addition to budgetary responsibilities, the examiner performs in-depth program evaluations, reviews proposed regulations, approves agency testimony, and analyzes pending legislation. The examiner is often called upon to provide analysis for the Executive Office of the President. Stu served as the SBC LTER Graduate Student Representative until 2006 and he represented California as a Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow placed with staff of the Senate's Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Stu completed his PhD in June 2007. His dissertation research focused on community-wide ramifications of an associational refuge on shallow rocky reefs.
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Thu, 15 Nov 2007

SBC LTER hosts SEEDs field trip
SBC LTER hosted the fall 2007 Ecological Society of America SEEDS field trip for underrepresented undergraduate students in October 2007. ESA's SEEDS (Strategies for Ecology, Education, Development and Sustainability) program mission is to diversify and advance the profession of ecology through opportunities that stimulate and nurture the interest and involvement of underrepresented students ( The first day of the field trip featured a visit to the kelp forest and research divers at Mohawk Reef aboard the R/V Cormorant, a guided tour of Santa Barbara's working harbor led by California Sea Grant Extension Advisor, Carrie Culver, meeting with Roberta Cordero, a Chumash Elder at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, a visit to UCSB's Reef Education Experience Facility, rocky intertidal and sandy beach monitoring activities at Campus Point. The day's activities were culminated with dinner at the Cliff House on the UC Reserve at Coal Oil Point where SBC LTER graduate students and faculty speakers highlighted their research and opportunities for graduate studies at UCSB. Saturday's activities began with a presentation on SBC LTER watershed research followed by a tour of local watersheds and study sites. In the afternoon, the students explored downtown Santa Barbara before returning to their lodging at Camp Whittier in the Santa Ynez Mountains. The SEEDS field trip to SBC LTER was made possible by supplemental funding from NSF and ESA. (note I will provide photos)
Also of note, in November 2007, the SEEDS program received the 2006 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
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Mon, 01 Oct 2007

Seven SBC graduate students graduated in 2007
Complete citations for their Theses or Dissertations are in our publications database.
Clarissa Anderson: Environmental Controls of phytoplankton community structure in the Santa Barbara Channel: application to the dynamics and detection of harmful diatom blooms. PhD., Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Marine Science University of California Santa Barbara.
Jeff Brinkman: Influences of human disturbance and natural physical and chemical variables on biological community structure in streams of southern coastal Santa Barbara County, California, and an index of biological integrity. M.A., Dept. of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Brian Kinlan: Quantitative spatial ecology of benthic ecosystems in temperate coastal upwelling zones. PhD. Dept. of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Kristi Klose: Complex effects of an invasive consumer Procambarus clarkii on temperate and tropical stream benthic communities PhD. Dept. of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Sarah Lester: Marine macroecology: the effects of dispersal and reproductive output on species' geographic distributions. PhD. Dept. of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology University of California, Santa Barbara.
Stu Levenbach: Community-wide ramifications of an associational defense on shallow temperate reefs PhD. Dissertation. Dept. of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Michael Rossiter, Maya Dehner, Ruyan Siew, Christina Ciarametaro and Drew Beckwith: Evaluation of rainfall-runoff relationships to inform development of an incentive program for stormwater pollution reduction in South Coast watersheds. Group project as part of the Masters of Environmental Science and Management professional degree program at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara.
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Mon, 01 Jan 2007

Stu Levenbach receives John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship
California Sea Grant announced that Stu Levenbach, an SBC graduate student, is one of two new Knauss Fellows from California and will join 42 other winners in Washington, D.C. for a yearlong mentoring program in federalmarine policy. Stu has been placed with republican staff on the Senate's Commerce Committee, which includes Olympia Snowe (Maine) and Ted Stevens (Alaska). "I have always been interested in policy," Levenbach said. "But I wanted to earn my stripes as a scientist before I ventured into policy. The fellowship allowed me to enter into the world of policy from a science background. ... I think there will be a lot of fisheries and aquaculture issues, as well as climate issues." More information on Sea Grant and the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships can be found at (under "Education").
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Remote assessment of kelp dynamics
PIs Siegel, Gaines, Kyriakidas, Zimmerman (ODU) and Hill (ODU) received new funding from NASA to develop a predictive understanding of kelp canopy cover, biomass, productivity and canopy condition using SPOT imagery along with metapopulation and bio-optical modeling. They will integrate their results with measures of disturbance and other evnvironmental factors to develop a unified remote assessment of kelp dynamics for the nearshore waters off California.
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