Wrangling Pythons (coding scripts) and refining my knowledge of West Coast oceanography and ocean organization acronyms has helped me realize that integrated, policy-applicable oceanographic work is what I want to do in the future.
New research shows that salinity plays a major role in salt marsh grass’s response to insect grazing.
“Through my fellowship, I had the opportunity to participate in a great example of California’s support for citizen science – Reef Check California – that showed me how it is possible to give ocean-minded citizens a stake in how we manage our ocean.” – Liz Parissenti, CA Sea Grant State Fellow
“This transition from a marine system to an estuarine/freshwater one was not as difficult as I had initially thought, and it’s been more rewarding then I had ever imagined.” – Jenny Bigman, CA Sea Grant State Fellow
California Sea Grant announced the hiring of Deborah Seiler as communications coordinator. She will be responsible for science writing, program and research reporting, and the development of communications strategies to advance the Sea Grant mission.
“I’m a scientist, and I learned that I’m not the most effective messenger. People don’t trust scientists (or politicians) these days to tell them about climate change.” – Mary Matella, CA Sea Grant State Fellow
“Through my fellowship, I’ve found my mountain and it’s called Sacramento. While it has been a bit of a steep learning curve, I’ve embraced the challenge and have already gained an immense amount of knowledge regarding aquaculture, regulations, and the permitting process.” – Nicole Bobco, CA Sea Grant State Fellow
Marine ecologist Jennifer O’Leary has been appointed as an Extension Specialist at California Sea Grant. Dr. O’Leary will join a group of seven specialists who develop and execute research and outreach initiatives for the California coast to improve public and policy decisions.