2015-2016 Annual Report Cover Pages

North Campus Open Space

Cat Reilly taking a soil core sample for laboratory testing in the North Campus Open Space Experiment

Arthropod study

Student interns with Katja Seltmann, Director of CCBER and entomologist, performing a sweep net sampling of wetland habitats as part of the Associated Student Coastal Fund Arthropod study.

Ocean color in the coastal Gulf of Mexico

Figure showing the color of various water masses in the coastal Gulf of Mexico.  The image was recorded as part of a project studying ocean mixing and the anisotropy of relative dispersion in the coastal ocean.  As part of the project, rhodamine dye was deployed in the shape of a circle.  The dye patch was then measured following its motion to quantify how it deforms spatially as it moves with the ocean currents.  In the upper right quadrant of the photo a once-circular dye patch can be seen in an elongated shape oriented in the along-shore direction.  Sharp fronts in water mass properties associated with different colored water parcels seen in the photo contribute to anisotropic relative dispersion by inhibiting flow in particular directions.  Results of the research will ultimately used to develop predictive transport and dispersion models of spilled oil.

Credit: Nick Statom

CCBER - Kids in Nature birdwatching at COPR

During winter quarter 5th grade students who are part of the Kids in Nature program visit COPR and participate in a series of fun activities designed to help them understand the importance and somewhat fragile nature of the beach environment, especially here at COPR. The 5th grade students are taught by UCSB students (KIN docents) enrolled in EEMB189/ES191. The photograph shows a 5th grade student and one of the KIN docents observing shorebirds.

Photo Credit – Jan Myers