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Fri, 19 Nov 2010

SBC Investigator, Mark Brzezinski, becomes Director of the Marine Science Institute
SBC Investigator Mark Brzezinski became the director of the Marine Science Institute at UC Santa Barbara, on November 1, 2010. Mark has served as the interim director of the Marine Science Institute (MSI) since January 2010. Between 2001 and 2009, Mark was the deputy director and frequently the acting director of MSI. Mark has been on the UCSB faculty in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology since 1989, and was the chair of the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Marine Science from 2004 to 2009. Mark's internationally recognized research in biological oceanography focuses on phytoplankton ecology with an major focus on diatoms and evaluating the role the role of silicon as a limiting resource for diatom growth. (for more information on his research, see Mark's website). For more information on the Marine Science Institute, visit the Marine Science Institute website.
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Fri, 05 Mar 2010

SBC research on genetics of giant kelp featured in ESA Podcast
A new research paper on the genetics of giant kelp by SBC investigators Filipe Alberto, Dan Reed, Ali Whitmer and their collaborators published in Ecology in January was chosen as the topic of a Field Talk in the Ecological Society of America (ESA) Podcasts. This feature, which interviews Filipe, highlights the importance of Euclidean distance and habitat continuity in determining genetic connectivity among populations of this important foundation species. ESA Field Talks explore research results and the stories of the ecologists behind them. The Field Talk on giant kelp can be viewed at: ESA Podcast
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Tsunami caused by Chilean earthquake detected in Santa Barbara Channel
The tsunami produced by the massive earthquake that struck Chile in February reached the coast of Santa Barbara ~14 hours after the event. The first tsunami waves appeared outside the harbor at about 12:45 p.m. on February 27 and continued for several hours. The waves were detected by a pressure sensor attached to a piling at a depth of 3 m on Stearns Wharf. The sensor is part of an instrument package maintained through a partnership of the SBC LTER, the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS) and the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO). Other near real time observations from the sensor package at Stearns Wharf can be viewed through our Stearns Wharf data display. The full press release is available from the UCSB Public Affairs office: Tsunami signal, February 2010.
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Thu, 18 Feb 2010

SBC to host cross-site working group meeting for NSF Math and Science Partnership project
SBC will host a teacher professional development working group meeting for the NSF Math and Science Partnership project on February 18-20 2010. Representatives from universities and research centers associated with four Long Term Ecological Research (SBC, BES, SGS, and KBS) programs across the nation will participate. These scientists and educators are partnering with school districts to a) define essential pathways for achieving environmental science literacy, and b) to develop and test teacher professional development programs that help accomplish this ambitious goal through innovative instruction in the sciences in middle and high schools. The NSF MSP Culturally Relevant Ecology, Learning Progressions, and Environmental Literacy project focuses on the critical education juncture of middle through high school (grades 6-12). The goal is to connect the research capabilities of partner universities and LTER sites with K-12 teacher professional development in science and math at partner schools. These targeted partnerships in math and science will be used to develop a program of teacher professional development in science and mathematics driven by framework of environmental science literacy surrounding the learning progressions of core concepts of science and math. At the meeting the teacher professional development working group will discuss teaching strategies, effective pedagogies, and content for environmental literacy. The group will tour the SBC LTER research site and meet with SBC scientists and students on Saturday, February 20.
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SBC-LTER Investigator, Mark Brzezinski elected as an AGU Fellow
SBC Investigator Mark Brzezinski has been elected a 2010 Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in recognition of his outstanding research accomplishments in ocean sciences. Mark is a professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology (EEMB) and the interim director of the Marine Science Institute at UCSB. Election as an AGU Fellow is a tribute to those who have made exceptional scientific contributions and have attained acknowledged eminence in the Earth and Space sciences. Fellows are nominated by AGU members, then reviewed by Section committees and elected by a Committee of Fellows. This honor is bestowed on no more than 0.1% of the membership in any given year.
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SBC LTER Investigator, Steve Gaines, becomes Dean of the Bren School
On January 1, 2010, SBC Investigator Steve Gaines became the new dean of the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara. Professor Gaines has been a member of of the UCSB faculty since 1994, and was the director of the Marine Science Institute from 1997 through 2009. He also served as acting vice chancellor for research from 2002-2005 and as acting dean of the Division of Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences in 2007-2008. Professor Gaines's internationally recognized research focuses on marine ecology and conservation, sustainable fisheries, the design of marine reserves, and the impact of climate change on ocean ecosystems (for information on Steve's research, see PISCO website). Under his leadership, ground will soon be broken for a new Outreach Center for Teaching Ocean Science (OCTOS), which will house state-of-the-art interactive exhibits to help connect students, educators, community groups, and the public with innovative educational programs based on the latest ocean science research.
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SBC-LTER Investigators, Brzezinski and Gaines named AAAS Fellows
SBC Investigators Mark Brzezinski and Steve Gaines have been awarded the distinction of Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in recognition of their research and distinguished contributions in their fields of study. Mark is a professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology and the acting director of the Marine Science Institute. Steve is the new dean of the Bren School for Environmental Science and Management (see news item below). Mark, Steve and 5 other UCSB faculty will receive their awards at the Fellows Forum on February 20th during the 2010 AAAS annual meeting in San Diego, CA.
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