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Tue, 02 Oct 2012

2012 LTER All Scientists Meeting
The LTER Network-wide All Scientists Meeting (ASM) was held at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado from September 9th to 13th 2012. There were 21 SBC participants including our lead investigator Dan Reed and co- PI's Sally Holbrook, John Melack and Dave Siegel, as well as 5 project investigators, one postdoctoral scientist, our IM representative, 8 graduate students and 2 education specialists. For more information on the meeting and program visit
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SBC website adds sampling sites, Phase I
As part of upgrades for SBC-III, the SBC website added a dynamic map of sampling sites for all ongoing long-term time-series. The map replaces out-of-date static maps used since 2005. Groups of sites are selectable by habitat (watershed, beach, reef and/or inshore) or by individual time-series. The controls include links to the appropriate data collection(s).
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SBC Scientists Discover Clues to the Sustainability of Fish Populations
A 16-year study at Santa Cruz Island allowed SBC scientists to quantify how food availability becomes a critical limiting factor in the health of fish populations. They found that sufficient food can drive up to a 10-fold increase in the per capita birthrate of fish, and adequate food supports survival rates up to 10 times higher than without. Black surfperch (Embiotoca jacksoni) is not fished commercially, which makes it an ideal model species for assessing the the affects of food availability. Fish give birth to live young that rarely leave their natal reef, which allows population and cohorts to be accurately tracked for many years. First author Dan Okamoto, an SBC PhD student, said that not including food availability in calculating benchmarks for species conservation may leave out a critical element in fisheries management. However, there has been a lack of information about how survival and birthrates are influenced by food availability, which is known to fluctuate through time. The team is led by SBC scientists Russ Schmitt and Sally Holbrook, professors at UCSB. The complete story can be found at UCSB Public Affairs webpage.
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2012 International LTER Meeting
SBC investigator Scott Cooper traveled to Lisbon, Portugal to represent the SBC LTER at the Annual ILTER meeting held from 17 to 21 September 2012. The 2012 ILTER meeting was jointly hosted by the Portuguese Ecological Society (SPECO) / LTER Portugal Network and the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. Scott presented two posters at the meeting: on responses of coastal watershed to wildfires, and on Santa Barbara Coastal LTER science. More information on the meeting can be found at ILTER.
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Mon, 16 Jul 2012

Information managers discuss approaches to data discovery during China visit
In June 2012, the International Long Term Ecological Research (ILTER) Network hosted a workshop in Shanghai, China for representatives from the US, China, Israel, UK, Korea, Taiwan, Japan to examine tools to facilitate data exchange across the 40 member networks. SBC information manager, Margaret O'Brien, was invited to present SBC work on the Extensible Ontology for Observations (OBOE), with examples of how ontological systems can be applied to multilingual searches. This work is supported by the Semtools project (NSF/DBI). O'Brien is also a participates in the LTER IMC working group developing a controlled vocabulary with SKOS, which was also featured at the workshop. Other participants from US LTER sites were Kristin Vanderbilt (SEV), John Porter (AND), (SBC), and Don Henshaw (AND).
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Mon, 14 May 2012

Jenny Dugan featured in BBC rddio science broadcast
A recent paper published in PLoS ONE by U.S. and international long term ecological research scientists quantifying the ecological effects of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Chile in 2010 is attracting a lot of attention from popular and scientific media. The authors, including Jenny Dugan of the Santa Barbara Coastal Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) site, found that Chile's sandy beaches had experienced significant and lasting changes due to the earthquake and tsunami-including the reappearance of long forgotten coastal habitats and the return of species that had not been seen for years. In the wake of the publication, the authors were recently interviewed by the British Broadcasting Corporation's (BBC) radio magazine, Science in Action (listen at
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Tue, 20 Mar 2012

Workshop on Coastal Habitat Conservation and Climate Change - November 2011
BC LTER investigators, Dan Reed and Jenny Dugan, gave invited talks on kelp forest and sandy beach habitats at the Coastal Habitat Conservation in a Changing Climate: Strategies and Tools for Southern California Workshop held November 16-17, 2011, in Costa Mesa, CA. This Southern California-focused workshop was jointly organized and hosted by NOAA and a variety of partners to address the need for information, new tools, enhanced capacity and collaboration to support the management and conservation of coastal habitats under a combination of existing stressors and changing climate. Workshop participants included representatives from federal, state, local, tribal, and nongovernmental organizations directly involved in the planning and implementation of coastal habitat conservation activities in the region, including habitat protection and restoration efforts. A summary report is being prepared by NOAA. Presentations from the workshop can be accessed at Coastal Conservation and Climate Change Workshop.
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