CMIL Annual Open House


Ever wonder what goes on inside a marine research laboratory?  Ever wonder what gadgets and gizmos scientists use to study the marine environment?  Come visit the SDSU Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory and find out! Meet marine biologists and scientists at San Diego State University, interact with local sea creatures, and learn about San Diego’s diverse marine ecosystems.

2014OHlogoMEBSA Member Holding Vermillion Rockfish

March 9th, 2014

10 am – 4 pm

Coastal and Marine Institute Lab

4165 Spruance Rd

San Diego, CA 92101

A collaboration of students and faculty at SDSU, MEBSA, and CMIL, we are thrilled to invite you to our third annual Open House at the SDSU Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory (CMIL) to occur on March 9th 2014 from 10 am to 4 pm. The 2014 Open House will showcase current research at SDSU, the facilities at CMIL, and tons of educational activities related to marine ecology and conservation. This a once a year opportunity where CMIL has opened its doors and is a rare chance to experience what goes on at a working marine research laboratory.

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 The Open House is free and geared toward students, teachers, and families. This is especially true for SDSU students who might be interested in joining SDSU marine biology labs to gain valuable laboratory experience.  Educational activities will demonstrate key topics of ongoing research and related issues in marine science. In addition guests will have the opportunity to interact with the faculty and graduate student marine researchers. The theme of this year’s open house is: Gadgets and Gizmos: The Tools we use for Science. Research groups will showcase the tools scientists at SDSU use to answer important research questions about local marine ecosystems.  Come find out how simple tools can help scientists tackle complicated questions!  Learn how to make artificial seagrass, measure kelp forest microbes, survey kelp forests using SCUBA, and much more!

Get to know SDSU scientists by attending presentations from graduate students and faculty members held every hour.  Join the fun and even get the chance to walk away with great prizes from one of our many raffles like snorkel gear, museum tickets, and kayak excursions.

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 Schedule of events:


10 am     Doors Open!

11 am     Student Presentations, 11:30 Raffle

Sarah Wheeler What lasers, satellites, and ear bones tell us about fish populations

Amalia Harrington Bodyguards and Small Houses: How to Survive When you’re a Juvenile California Spiny Lobster

12 pm     Faculty Presentation, 12:30 Raffle

 Dr. Brian Hentschel, How do tidal currents affect food webs in salt marshes? When people think about tides, the change in water level between low tide and high tides always comes to mind. The rise and fall of the tide also creates currents that vary in speed from one hour to the next and from place to place, especially in bays and estuaries. Drs. Brian Hentschel and Todd Anderson are studying how the speeds of tidal currents in salt marsh creeks influence predation by bottom-feeding fish on small invertebrates living in the mud. Click here to see estuarine California Killifish feeding on the common spionid polychaetes in his flow manipulations studies using a flume!

1 pm       Student Presentations, 1:30 Raffle

Priya Shukla Some like it Hot, Kelps like it Not: Kelp Forests in a Changing Ocean

Alex Warneke A disturbance in the force: The impact of human chemicals on ecological interactions

2 pm      Faculty Presentation, 2:30 Raffle

Dr. Forest Rohwer, Sampling Water Underwater. Dr. Rohwer and his marine microbial ecology lab focus on the important role of microbes and viruses in coral reef ecosystems.  They collect water samples from places like the Line Islands, Palmyra Atoll and most recently the Arctic.  Although tiny (in one water sample there can be thousands to millions of microbes!) Dr. Rohwer is proving that these mighty microbes are big players in coral reef ecosystems.

3 pm      Student Presentations, 3:30 Raffle

Josh Brower Scared and Stressed Out: Fish Predators and Prey

Kate McDaniel In-gene-uity: Decoding the Invisible Life Stage

4 pm       Doors Close