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Mon, 01 Dec 2008

SBC Investigator serves as acting Dean of Bren School
SBC-LTER investigator John Melack will serve as the Acting Dean of UCSB's Bren School of Environmental Science and Management beginning January 1, 2009. Dr. Melack is currently the Associate Dean of our Bren School, and previously served as Acting Dean from July to December of 2005. He has been a member of the UCSB faculty since 1977, and is recognized around the world for his research achievements and contributions. Professor Melack has played a pivotal role in the development of the Bren School, including chairing the committee that wrote the original proposal for the school. For more information on the School, go to this link:
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New webcam and instruments to monitor conditions following the 2008 Gap fire
In response to the July 2008 GAP fire that charred nearly 10,000 acres of watershed lands in the Goleta foothills, the USGS and cooperating agencies have installed new automated monitoring instruments, including three rainfall gauges, a stream flow gauge and a remote webcam on San Pedro Creek in Goleta. Two of the new gauges are located in the upper reaches, and the third in agricultural land, between Fairview Avenue and Los Carneros Road. Data are collected every 15 minutes, then transmitted by satellite to USGS, and by microwave radio to Santa Barbara County Flood Control. The solar-powered webcam monitors one of the waterfalls on San Pedro Creek, providing real time visual information on creek conditions. Real time data for stream flow are available on the USGS website ( These data will also be harvested for the Climate and Hydrology Database (CLIMDB/HYDRODB). The remote webcam can be accessed at: (
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Mon, 23 Jun 2008

ME students developing wave presssure sensor
UCSB Mechanical Engineering majors are developing a low-cost programmable pressure instrument as an alternative to commercially available devices. The specialized device is designed to be mounted to the ocean floor at a depth of approximately 30 meters for up to six months. It uses a pressure transducer to measure pressure variations due to the change in water column height, and can be enhanced to measure temperature if needed. Data is collected, processed and stored on a Standard Digital (SD) Card. Wave measurement parameters are programmed using a Graphical User Interface (GUI). For more information on the project, contact Libe Washburn.
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Mon, 05 May 2008

SBC Wildlife: Sea otters and gray whales
A group of 20-30 sea otters are using the kelp beds just west of the University of California campus this spring. Although otters have been sighted regularly in the western end of the channel since 1998, this is the largest group to linger this far east into the Santa Barbara Channel for many decades. This is also a great time of year to watch California gray whales, including females with young calves, just off the coast and diving in the kelp beds as they migrate through the channel to their summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea.
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SBC-Students and Postdocs to participate in 1st UC-LTER symposium at Scripps
Six SBC students and postdocs will participate in the 1st UC-LTER Graduate Student/Postdoc symposium hosted by the California Current Ecosystem-LTER at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography on Thursday May 29th. A goal of this event is to stimulate cross site exchange and collaboration among the UC-based LTERs. The symposium is a one day event featuring short AGU-style talks, poster sessions and socializing. Please contact Jenny or Ryan Rykaczewski for more information.
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Tue, 01 Apr 2008

SBC Publications DB makes use of XQuery.
All citations in SBC's publications database have been added to the eXist database and can be queried using XQuery, a specification approved by the W3C in 2007. It is expected to be available on the public website by the end of February. See dev version at:
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Tue, 15 Jan 2008

SBC Investigator, John Melack, named AAAS Fellow
SBC Investigator John Melack was awarded the distinction of Fellow by AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) in recognition of his research on the inherently interdisciplinary topics of limnology and watershed-level biogeochemical cycles in high mountains, saline lakes and Amazon wetlands. John will receive the award at the Fellow Forum during the 2008 AAAS annual meeting in Boston, MA.
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International supplement from NSF facilitates research collaboration in kelp genetics
SBC LTER was awarded supplemental funding from NSF's International Office of Science and Education to continue its collaboration on kelp genetics with researchers from the Centre of Marine and Environmental Research (CMER) at the Universidade do Algarve, Portugal. Molecular microsatellites for the giant kelp Macrocystis pyrifera are being developed in the laboratory of Drs. Filipe Alberto and Ester Serrao from samples collected at SBC LTER's long-term study sites and being used to investigate levels of population connectivity and self-fertilization in giant kelp forests in the Santa Barbara region. Supplemental funds are being used to support the travel of SBC LTER researchers and graduate students to CMER to learn these newly developed protocols. In summer 2007 Drs. Alberto and Serrao hosted SBC LTER PhD student Laura Carney for a three month visit during which time she refined the molecular protocols for use in her studies of delayed development in the gametophyte stage of Macrocystis.
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Mon, 14 Jan 2008

SBC News is syndicated.
News items submitted to SBC are stored in RSS format making them available for syndication. To submit stories, contact Jenny Dugan, or Margaret O'Brien. SBC news is delivered with "blogging" software, and RSS feeds on individual pages are powered by software from Both products are open source. Contact Margaret for more information.
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