• Tuesday, March 13, 2012

    120 fourth grade students and teachers from Pasadena, California's Washington Accelerated Elementary School journeyed to the REEF at UCSB as guests of the Moorea Coral Reef LTER on March 13th, 2012. The fourth graders enjoyed research presentations by MCR LTER gradute students Shirley Han, Jessica Nielsen and Sammy Davis and participated in three hands-on, group learning activities.

  • Thursday, March 1, 2012

    Russ Schmitt presented 'Managing for Resilience in Benthic Marine Environments' at the 2012 NSF Mini-symposium. View the 26 minute recorded presentation, complete with slides. Many ecologial systems can suddenly shift from one state to another and that alternate states can then provide substantially fewer ecosystem services. Some shifts are difficult to reverse. We need to forecast these changes and understand the reversiblity of these changes.

  • Wednesday, November 9, 2011

    MCR LTER investigators, postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, technicians and information manager gathered at UCSB for presentations in sessions integrating site science across all the disciplines: 'Fluxes and Connectivity', 'Reef Disturbance and Resilience', and 'Coral Reefs of the Future'. (See group pictures from all years.) A collaborator from outside the LTER gave a talk showing how MCR LTER coral photo surveys have been used to further computer-aided image recognition.

  • Tuesday, November 1, 2011

    From its humble beginnings in ramshackle trailers at Campus Point in the early 1970's, UC Santa Barbara's Marine Science Institute has grown into one of the most powerful incubators of marine research in the world. On any given day, you might find Marine Science Institute researchers off the coast of Moorea, in the icy waters of Antarctica, on the arctic tundra of Alaska or Greenland, in the highest elevations ofthe Sierra Nevada, in the watersheds of the Santa Ynez Mountains, or off the coast of Santa Barbara.