By Nate Emery, SBC LTER How do you catch a cloud and pull it down? It’s not easy, but that’s what I have been doing for several years: investigating how fog affects shrub species along the southern California coast. Figuring out how plants use fog water is a two-fold process that involves stable isotopes and... Continue Reading →
The Rigors and Rewards of Fieldwork
As our boat cut through the chop of the Santa Barbara Channel, sending fans of spray hissing in our wake, I couldn’t help but appreciate the beautiful day and consider how fortunate I was that my job requires regular SCUBA diving. While relishing this blissful feeling and the glorious weather, I noticed that my fin... Continue Reading →
Look at the Filters on that Rack!
I am a biological oceanographer and I study plankton - microscopic floating plants and animals. That means to do my research, I filter seawater - liters and liters of it. Why? Well, in order to study the small plankton in the ocean, you can’t use a net; they’ll slip right through even the smallest net.... Continue Reading →