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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 The map replaces out-of-date static maps used since 2005.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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