By Megan HerringSouthern California’s beaches, sun, tranquility, and other resources makes it a prime area for people looking for a new place to plant roots and make their fortune.
By Katie LeeRecently, the New York Times Green Blog described how two major Southern California fisheries (kelp and barred sand bass) had collapsed "right under the noses of management agencies." The management and oversight of these fish stocks had not changed since 1959.
By Nathalie Sami and Janice Wong The hyperbaric chamber on Catalina Island at the USC Wrigley Marine Institute. Certified scuba divers are familiar with the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for decompression sickness treatment.
by Molly SullivanFor thousands of years, the sea has served Japan as a cultural and economic resource. The Japanese have made heavy use of the ocean surrounding their island nation, harvesting a host of marine organisms from sea cucumbers to whales.
By: Juliana Duran Map of Guam, an unincorporated territory of the United States. Green portions of the map represent the military bases.
Offshore Energy Acquisition in the Western Pacific: The Decline of the World s Most Abundant Fisheries
By Ryan GobarEast Asia and the Northwestern Pacific are home to some of the world’s biggest and most productive fisheries, with average yearly yields in the 20-24 million ton range (Ahlenius 2004).
By Lane JohnstonOkinawa has had a tumultuous history and a scattered identity throughout the twentieth century. As a Japanese territory before World War II, Okinawans did not ever fully adopted Japanese culture as their own.
By Paige Minteer The evolution of humans is the result of a number of speciation events that have built upon one another to create the modern-day human species: Homo sapiens.
By Amanda UngcoProud of their culture and successes, Americans have soaked up the American dream and have broadened their wings to influence the rest of the world.
by Brenna SchneiderAs a small, isolated island, the country of Palau has a limited number of income options. Today the tourism industry is a vital source of income for this nation state, as it makes up about 56% of Palau’s gross domestic product (GDP) (Vianna et al, 2012).
By Caroline SmithThe term ‘Heritage’ is not always an easy word for people to define. However, a word that is often used to describe one’s heritage is legacy .
by Amelia Moura This figure shows the location of the islands in relation to China, Taiwan, and Japan. Map by Koo, 2010. The Senkaku/Diaoyu islands have a long, complex, history of sovereignty disputes.
By: Caitlin MartinCoral reefs are one of the most diverse ecosystems on this planet. They are home to numerous species of marine life and offer a plethora of benefits both to natural ecosystems and to the human population.
by Britanny ChengWhat has more than 750 reefs and islands, has been claimed by 5 different countries, and has been the center of political disputes since the 1900s?
By Justin PearceChina’s economy and population are growing rapidly. As their population increases, so does the demand for food. Feeding 1.3 billion people is no small feat, so being resourceful is essential; China has started looking everywhere possible for food, including the world’s oceans, lakes, and rivers.
by Lauren StoneburnerThe Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) is a tropical marine haven. The region is made up of a string of fourteen small islands, originally formed by underwater volcanoes along the Marianas Trench.
Dreading the Dredging: Military Buildup on Guam and Implications for Marine Biodiversity in Apra Harbor
By: Meghan HeneghanIn 2006, The United States-Japan ‘Roadmap for Realignment Implementation’ agreement was signed—a bilateral agreement of a relocation of over 8,600 U.S.
by Laura Hough Editor’s Note: Prof. Haw has flown to Guam from the USC Global Conference in Korea in time to meet Prof. Ginsburg, Dr.
View from a high point in Avalon, Catalina Island. Photo by Allison Jervis. By Sarah WoodBalancing the environment and the economy is difficult, especially on a sparsely populated island such as Santa Catalina Island.
By Dana Handy The male elephant seals are known to have aggressive, bloody battles with each other to obtain dominance during mating season.