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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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Tue, 20 May 2014

Two natural history applications for smart phones
The "California kelp forests" and "California tide pools" are 2 new free apps for smart phones, supported by UCSB Marine Science Institute's Outreach Center for Teaching Ocean Science (OCTOS) and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Together, these provide a rich experience for students and nature lovers to learn about the local marine life. Released in 2012, "California tide pools" is now available for iPhone, iPad and Android operating systems. "California kelp forests" is currently available only for iPhone, but plans are underway to develop a version for the iPad and Android operating systems as well. Coding was provided by Citrix Systems.
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Thu, 29 Aug 2013

Professional Development Workshop for Teachers
In Summer 2013, SBC and the Math-Science-Partnership (MSP) Project, Pathways to Environmental Literacy, hosted a summer Professional Development for Teachers workshop that included 15 junior high and high school teachers from Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. The SBC MSP team, which included SBC researchers and students, led teachers through a 3 day workshop that included training on in-class science curriculum based on SBC LTER field study sites, data and ecological principles in the context of the project's environmental literacy strands of Biodiversity, Carbon and Water. Each day of the workshop was highlighted with a strand-focused research seminar led by SBC graduate researchers, post-docs and senior scientists.
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Wed, 01 May 2013

MCR and SBC Host a Booth at 2013 Earth Day Festival
MCR and SBC LTER scientists, graduate students, and outreach staff hosted a booth at the 2013 Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival on April 21/22 to raise public awareness about MCR and SBC LTER research activities. This year's Earth Day festival attracted 35,894 people over its two day run. Visitors to the LTER booth were able to ask questions of SBC and MCR researchers and graduate students to view informational posters, and discuss research-related issues. Lead reef tech, Shannon Harrer, and SBC undergraduate students built a virtual kelp forest in which students acted as 'dive buddies' for children who toured the forest and collected data. For more information about Santa Barbara Earth Day 2013, visit
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Third California LTER Graduate Student Symposium at UCSB
In March 2013, CCE LTER hosted the 3rd bi-annual graduate student symposium at Scripps Institute of Oceanography in La Jolla to promote collegial exchange of research results among the southern California LTER sites (SBC, MCR, and CCE). The participants are students at UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and Cal State Northridge, and are researching marine ecosystems in the Antarctic, French Polynesia and southern California. The symposium's format allowed for both oral and poster presentations, and also allowed students to begin developing their future collaborations. Presenters posed topics for further collaboration and/or in areas where they would benefit from additional expertise. Accompanying this was discussion specifically on enhancing collaboration and interaction among the marine LTER sites. These three LTER sites plan to continue their regular graduate symposium. Contact your site's graduate student representative for more information.
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Tue, 18 Oct 2011

From the Ground Up - Professional Development Workshop
In Summer 2011, SBC and the Math Science Partnership program hosted "From the Ground Up," a summer Professional Development for Teachers workshop that included 22 new junior high and high school teachers from Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties from five different school districts. The SBC MSP team, which also included a researcher from the Colorado SGS MSP team, led teachers through a week-long workshop that included training on curricula associated with the project's environmental literacy strands of Biodiversity, Carbon and Water, as well as a theme-based Citizenship activity. Workshop participants also took a guided tour of an SBC watershed. Each day of the workshop was highlighted with a strand-focused research seminar led by SBC graduate researchers, post-docs and senior scientists.
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Tue, 01 Mar 2011

Second California LTER Graduate Student Symposium at UCSB
Graduate students from SBC, MCR and CCE met in February 2011 at the Marine Science Institute of UCSB for the second California LTER Graduate Student Symposium. The first event was held in 2009 at Scripps Institute of Oceanography. This year's event, hosted by the SBC and MCR LTERs, was organized jointly by student representatives Kyle Cavanaugh (SBC) and Sammie Davis (MCR). Student participants represented the University of California campuses at Santa Barbara and San Diego, (UCSB, UCSD) and the California State University at Northridge (CSUN). This all-day event featured more than 20 presentations of student research in talks and posters. Topics ranged from consquences of urban runoff for shore communities, chemical and microbial processes, population responses to resource limitations and predation, and the relationships between physical forcing and ecosystem structure. Oral presentations were recorded and can be viewed at the SBC web site, through the education page (
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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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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-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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Thu, 15 Nov 2007

SBC LTER hosts SEEDs field trip
SBC LTER hosted the fall 2007 Ecological Society of America SEEDS field trip for underrepresented undergraduate students in October 2007. ESA's SEEDS (Strategies for Ecology, Education, Development and Sustainability) program mission is to diversify and advance the profession of ecology through opportunities that stimulate and nurture the interest and involvement of underrepresented students ( The first day of the field trip featured a visit to the kelp forest and research divers at Mohawk Reef aboard the R/V Cormorant, a guided tour of Santa Barbara's working harbor led by California Sea Grant Extension Advisor, Carrie Culver, meeting with Roberta Cordero, a Chumash Elder at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, a visit to UCSB's Reef Education Experience Facility, rocky intertidal and sandy beach monitoring activities at Campus Point. The day's activities were culminated with dinner at the Cliff House on the UC Reserve at Coal Oil Point where SBC LTER graduate students and faculty speakers highlighted their research and opportunities for graduate studies at UCSB. Saturday's activities began with a presentation on SBC LTER watershed research followed by a tour of local watersheds and study sites. In the afternoon, the students explored downtown Santa Barbara before returning to their lodging at Camp Whittier in the Santa Ynez Mountains. The SEEDS field trip to SBC LTER was made possible by supplemental funding from NSF and ESA. (note I will provide photos)
Also of note, in November 2007, the SEEDS program received the 2006 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
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Mon, 01 May 2006

SBC at 2006 Science Fairs
Local high school students, Kristin Hempy and Angie Afman, mentored by Jenny Dugan, completed a science project comparing kelp wrack consumption by beachhoppers on groomed and ungroomed sandy beaches and competed in the Santa Barbara County Science Fair in April 2006. Their project entitled "Beach Grooming: Does it banish the beachhoppers?" was one of the three finalists for the Life Science division, which made them eligible to compete in the California State Science Fair in May. At the state science fair the students earned state honorable mention in the senior enviromental science category. They were also awarded $500 by American Shore and Beach Society for this project on coastal ecology.
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Thu, 20 Apr 2006

Arroyo Burro Watershed Virtual Tour released
The SBC Schoolyard project has developed a "virtual tour" of a local creek watershed, Arroyo Burro, on CD. Included are a flyover of the watershed, an interactive rain and runoff animation activity, plus chapters describing natural history and lesson plans. An abbreviated web version of the module can be accessed from our "Resources for Teachers" web page, and a copy of the CD requested from The virtual tour was demonstrated at the Kid's Creek Festival sponsored by the Community Environmental Council on June 25, 2006 at the Watershed Resource Center at Arroyo Burro Beach.
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