The 100 Island Challenge is a collaborative project led by Dr. Stuart Sandin’s lab, co-led by Dr. Jen Smith, that aims to work with partners worldwide to assess reef health in a holistic way that is comparable across all sites. News Deeply recently interviewed Dr. Smith to learn more about the goals of the 100 Island Challenge in assessing reef … Read More
Palmyra Atoll Bleaching Update (May 2016)
The abnormally warm water event associated with El Niño has been pummeling coral reefs worldwide. Last week the Sandin and Smith labs from Scripps Institution of Oceanography embarked on a rapid response expedition to survey the damage of the warm sea surface temperatures at one of our long term monitoring sites. Palmyra Atoll, a tiny island in the central Pacific, … Read More
Envisioning Maui’s Reefs: Photomosaics as a conservation and analysis tool
The Smith and Sandin Labs in the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation have been using new diver-operated technology to capture hundreds of reef images that will become a 200m² photomosaic. Coral reefs are global hotspots of species diversity and productivity that we value in the billions of dollars annually for fisheries, tourism, recreation, business, and coastal protection yet they … Read More
Smith lab takes on the Western Society of Naturalists
PhD student Maggie Johnson shares how the Smith & Sandin Lab continue to proudly represent Scripps Institution of Oceanography by participating in the Western Society of Naturalists annual conference in Seaside, California.
Volunteers from the Smith and Sandin Lab participated in the San Diego Oceans Foundation 27th annual Oceans Gala Benefit – Oceans for the Future: A Sustainable Seafood Celebration. They worked with local celebrity chefs helping them to prepare delicious seafood tastings as well as talk to a variety of guests about sustainable seafood.