Student scientific divers-in-training conducting underwater surveys off Catalina Island with transect tape and dive slates. Image: David Ginsburg Recently, the 2013 Guam and Palau course came to a close.
By Alanna WaldmanAs our world population continues to grow, it implies a higher demand for resources. Whether these resources are food, water, or land, the effect of this growth on our environment is often detrimental to biodiversity and the health of our natural ecosystems, especially our marine ecosystems.
By Michael Young and David Ginsburg Editors Note: The team has been in Palau for the past week conducting surveys. This post deals with the central opportunity afforded by this year’s trip.
May 21, 2013. The author reviewing underwater navigation skills with members of the USC Environmental Studies dive team at the Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island.
On a recent collecting excursion in Palau, I repeated the mantra "Think Like a Brittle Star" over and over as my colleague Jim Haw and I searched for a specimen ( Ophiotylos leucus ) that was last seen 76 years ago by Japanese scientists (cf.
Not long ago, I helped a colleague, Dr. Judith Connor from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, on her first scuba dive in Antarctica. This was a bit of change for me, since I’m usually the person who gets to go underwater.
Last week, my colleagues and I wrapped up our second annual Maymester course to Guam and Palau.While the course participants returned to Los Angeles, I stayed behind on the island of Guam to catch up with old friends and colleagues, and to begin sketching out a rough draft of next year’s scientific course content.
This year’s course was a tremendous success.
Problems Without Passports: Scientific Research Diving at USC Dornsife--Reflections at the Edge of the Pacific Ocean
Since arriving in the Republic of Palau, we have spent a lot of time reflecting on our experiences on Guam (in which the environmental situation is dire).
In the previous blog entry my colleague Jim Haw gave the rationale for our work on Guam. After a week on Guam we will make the two-hour flight to Palau.