With the collaboration of students and faculty of SDSU, the Marine Ecology and Biology Student Association (MEBSA) and the Biology Department at SDSU are organizing our second Open House at the SDSU Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory (CMIL) to occur on March 10th 2013 from 10 am to 3 pm. The 2013 Open House will showcase current research at SDSU, the facilities at CMIL, and tons of fun educational activities related to marine ecology and conservation. This is the second time CMIL has opened its doors to the public and is a rare opportunity to experience what goes on at a working marine research laboratory.
The Open House is free and geared toward students, teachers, families and people of all ages and backgrounds. Interactive and educational activities will demonstrate key topics of ongoing research and related issues in marine science. You’ll learn how to survey kelp forests using scuba, how fish camouflage with their environment, what happens to plastic debris in the ocean, and much more! At the end of the event, a fundraising raffle will be held with prizes of donations from community vendors such as gift certificates, snorkel gear, and museum tickets.
10:00 am Doors Open!
11:00 am Faculty Presentation
11:30 am Guided Lab Tour
12:00 pm Raffle
1:00 pm Faculty Presentation
1:30 pm Guided Lab Tour
2:00 pm Raffle
3:00 pm Doors Close
Title of Presentation: Things that suck in salt marshes
Research Interests: I study how the interactions of predators and prey shape several marine communities including salt marshes, rocky shores, and subtidal habitats. I am fascinated by the chemicals plants and animals make, and the roles these chemicals play. I like to bring science to a broader audience through music videos.
Title of Presentation: The amber forest: what’s in there?
Research Interests: The goals of my lab are to study the physiology, population biology, ecology and biogeography of seaweeds, with an emphasis on eastern Pacific kelp forests. Our research integrates organismal biology, population and community ecology, and a strong emphasis on quantitative and experimental techniques to assess spatial and temporal patterns in coastal marine communities. Members of our group do field research in California, Washington, Alaska, Mexico, Chile and Peru on topics ranging from dispersal and dormancy in marine seaweeds to the effects of global warming and El Niño-Southern Oscillations on their latitudinal range limits.