MCR and SBC LTER scientists, graduate students, and Outreach staff shared a booth at the Community Environmental Council's 2011 Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival on April 16th and 17th to raise awareness about LTER research. The theme for this year's Earth Day was "Powered by the People" and the festival attracted 38,214 people over two days. Participants were able to stop by to ask questions, view informational posters, complete a coloring and word problem activity, and discuss research related issues with MCR and SBC LTER representatives.
- Sunday, April 17, 2011
- Wednesday, April 6, 2011
CNN recently featured a global scientific field study from the journal PlosBiology suggesting that the most diverse coral reef fish systems are the most impaired by human populations. MCR data was used in the analysis. Additionally, National Geographic interviewed MCR deputy director Andrew Brooks and lead principal investigator Russell Schmitt in an article discussing research applications of the Moorea BIOCODE project.
- Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Washington Accelerated Elementary School fourth graders made the trip on March 30th from Pasadena, CA to the REEF at UCSB in collaboration with the Moorea Coral Reef LTER. The fourth graders enjoyed research presentations by MCR LTER gradute students Shirley Han, Emily Rivest and Sammy Davis. They also participated in hands on activities at the REEF touch tanks and at Campus Point beach. This field trip presents a hands-on conclusion to their life science unit. For more information about visiting the REEF, click here.
- Friday, February 4, 2011
Graduate student representatives from the 3 California LTER sites: Moorea Coral Reef, California Current Ecosystem, and Santa Barbara Coastal have organized a Graduate Student Symposium to promote collaboration among sites. The symposium will take place at UCSB's Marine Science Institute. Students will present their work in talks and posters.