LiMPETS Data at Research Symposium
LiMPETS Science Education & Technology Manager, Monika Krach, presented coastal ecological data trends at the Bay Area’s Beyond the Golden Gate Research Symposium in December 2016 held at San Francisco State University. Through an oral presentation, attendees learned about the LiMPETS youth-based citizen science program and its long-term population trends of sea stars, mussels, and sea lettuces at monitoring sites along the North-central California coast. In a poster presentation, LiMPETS’s 15 years of sandy beach monitoring data revealed a correlation between El Nino events and recruitment of sand crabs at Ocean Beach in San Francisco.
LiMPETS Presents Ecological Trends to Non-profit
On September 14th, the Greater Farallones LiMPETS team, Abby Nickels and Monika Krach, presented to Friends of Fitzgerald board members. LiMPETS in the Greater Farallones management area have collected ecological data at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in Half Moon Bay since 2006. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve is a Marine Life Protected Area that lies within the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The non-profit that supports the Reserve, Friends of Fitzgerald, is a vital partner to the LiMPETS program. The Board learned about the long-term, ecological trends revealed by LiMPETS student-collected data, as well as the scientific and educational updates to the program. After the presentation, Friends of Fitzgerald donated funds to buy new equipment and create field materials for the LiMPETS rocky intertidal program. Thank you Friends of Fitzgerald!
Publication Shows LiMPETS’ Effective Education Outcomes
Our partners at UC Davis published an article that profiles LiMPETS in the scientific journal Biological Conservation: “Youth-focused citizen science: Examining the role of environmental science learning and agency for conservation.” It reveals findings that show the positive influence of LiMPETS on students, particularly the science communication projects lead to increase student environmental agency.
LiMPETS Paper Published
Dr. John Pearse et al. used LiMPETS data to publish a paper on the Santa Cruz surfgrass community and its long-term recovery after sewage discharge. Thank you to all of the volunteers and students who collected information in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary for LiMPETS!
LiMPETS in Monterey Bay Sanctuary Condition Report
The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary just released its 2015 Condition Report. LiMPETS contributed to the rocky intertidal analysis, providing valuable results on changes in mussel and sea star abundances.
From the report: “On-going monitoring efforts in the sanctuary, including Multi-Agency Rocky Intertidal Network (MARINe), PISCO, RCCA and LiMPETS, will be the key to track these potential changes in the status and condition of structure-forming species in nearshore habitats.”
LiMPETS Students Present at the American Geophysical Union Conference
LiMPETS students presented their research among 24,000 scientists at the American Geophysical Union Conference in San Francisco. High school students from the Branson School displayed a poster on the correlation between El Niño and decline in abundance of certain rocky intertidal organisms. Also using LiMPETS data, high school interns from the California Academy of Sciences explained the relationship of sex and gravidity on the prevalence of parasites in Pacific mole crabs.