Monthly Archives: September 2013

Smith Lab Ocean Acidification Experiments Featured in the Environmental Monitor

The Environmental Monitor is a journal, published by Fondriest Environmental, that covers topics like products, projects and trends in the environmental monitoring industry. It aims to keep professionals informed about developments in their field. Members of the Smith Lab at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Hamilton Lab at Moss Landing Marine Labs have been performing several experiments that look at the effects of ocean acidification on coastal organisms.

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Coral Club with Nick Graham

San Diego Coral Club with Nick Graham

The San Diego Coral Club is a monthly informal gathering of coral reef researchers visiting or working in the San Diego area. From students to established scientists, these coral reef enthusiasts have the opportunity to present preliminary data and discuss hot research topics among their peers.  Also it’s a great environment to develop new collaborations and exchange ideas about coral reef science and the conservation of tropical reefs over wine and pizza.

At the latest meeting of Coral Club,the gang gathered at Surfside (located on the UCSD-SIO campus) to listen to  Nick Graham, Senior Research Fellow at ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia present about “Climate change, over-exploitation and coral reef futures”. Nick spoke about some of his recent work on ecosystem recovery and what we might be able to expect the reefs of the future will look like.

If you are interested in learning more about coral reefs, you are welcome to attend the meetings of our San Diego Coral Club. The meetings are not on a regular schedule, so please contact us or check out the Smith Lab Facebook page if you would like to learn more about the when and where of the next meetings.



Scripps Ladies Return from Research Trip in Palmyra

Nickednamed the “Scripps Ladies,” Smith Lab members Amanda Carter and Maggie Johnson, along with Sandin Lab member Kate Furby spent 3 weeks of their summer in Palmyra, a uninhabited atoll part of the Line Islands in the Northern Pacific.  The Sandin and Smith Lab of UCSD/SIO have had ongoing research in the Line Islands for years, studying “baseline” coral reefs (coral reefs with little to no human disturbance) to develop more efficient ways to manage coral reefs around the world today.  Master’s Student Amanda Carter, gives us an “insider’s” perspective of what these coral reef ecology labs do best. Continue reading

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