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Thu, 15 Dec 2016

Kelp beats the heat
In early 2014, a large-scale marine heat wave in the Pacific Ocean produced temperature anomalies greater than anything seen since record-keeping began in the early 1900s. SBC LTER researchers use their long term records to evaluate the sentinel status of giant kelp forests along the Southern California coastline as an indicator of climate change. They expected giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera), known to be sensitive to such increases as well as to the resulting low-nutrient conditions, to respond quite rapidly to a rise in water temperature. To their surprise, this was not the case; kelp's response to the oceanic heat wave was really no different than the variation in the long-term temporal record. Further, for most components of the kelp forest community, large responses to the unprecedented warm, nutrient-poor conditions were not obvious. "The fact that we did not see drastic responses in the rest of the community tells us that we don't know everything we think we know about this system and about its ecology," noted Dan Reed (Lead PI). "The results have caused us to pursue lines of research to understand how this happens. More importantly, the findings underscore the value of long-term data in terms of trying to tease apart these trends." Results are published in Nature Communications (UCSB press release).
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Mon, 30 May 2016

SBC Students in the UCSB Undergraduate Research Colloquium
Three undergraduate students presented posters of their SBC research projects at UCSB's Undergraduate Research Colloquium on May 17, 2016. This annual poster exhibition recognizes the scholarly achievements of undergraduates and offers an opportunity to share their hard work and develop their research and presentation skills. Over 250 students participated in the colloquium this year. The three presenters were Rose Dodgen, "Niche separation in California beachhoppers" (Honorable Mention Prize); Nicolette Flannery, "Impacts of urbanization on sandy beach ecosystems"; and John Liedle "Feeding and distribution of the Norris's kelp snail"; mentored by Jenny Dugan, Nick Schooler and Christie Yorke, respectively.
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Mon, 07 Mar 2016

Blog launched by LTER graduate students
A new blog, "Short Stories About Long-Term Ecological Research" (SSALTER), is up and running: The new blog was created by LTER graduate students following a joint SBC-MCR-CCE LTER graduate student symposium and the LTER All Scientists Meeting in 2015. The goal is to provide an outlet for students engaged in long term ecological research to informally share their research experiences with each other and the wider world. Current moderators are Stella Swanson (MCR) Ali Freibott (CCE) and Christie Yorke (SBC). SSALTER also has a facebook page ("ssalterblog") and a twitter feed ("ssalterblog1").
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