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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 (http://www.esa.org/seeds/). 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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