Monthly Archives: April 2012

USC Dornsife Scientific Diving: My Journey to USC Dornsife

By Jordan Smith-Newman Last fall, I transferred from New York University to the University of Southern California. As much as I enjoyed the crowded chaos of Greenwich Village and the Lower East Side, it did not seem to add up … Continue reading

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USC Dornsife Scientific Diving: Crown-of-Thorns Outbreaks and Anthropogenic Pollution

by Max Martinez Originally published at ScientificAmerican.com Coral reefs across the Indo-Pacific Ocean attract thousands of scuba divers from around the globe on an annual basis. However many of these highly diverse and biologically rich ecosystems are at a risk … Continue reading

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USC Dornsife Scientific Diving: Why Experiential Learning Is Vital to Academic Life

By Kali Staniec Originally published at ScientificAmerican.com You can’t always tell from photos, but Garibaldi can give a mean staring contest. I have seen pictures of this famously highlighter-orange California State fish in countless books and brochures on Southern California … Continue reading

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USC Dornsife Scientific Diving: My Walden South of Los Angeles

by Laura Walsh Originally published at ScientificAmerican.com Over one hundred and fifty years ago, Henry David Thoreau sparked a cultural movement with a paradox; an introspective, self-preoccupied book that taught the lessons of humility and human triviality. Naturally, Walden became … Continue reading

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USC Dornsife Scientific Diving: Why USC Dornsife was the Right Decision For Me

By Dawnielle Tellez Originally published at ScientificAmerican.com Along the rocks of Big Fisherman’s Cove off Catalina Island, I wove in and out of the towering kelp beds as curious Sheephead and Garibaldi edged ever closer to me. It was my … Continue reading

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USC Dornsife Scientific Diving: The Devaluation of Ecosystem Services

By Stephen Holle Originally published at ScientificAmerican.com The United States Territory of Guam is the focal point of a military realignment strategy within the western Pacific Ocean. However, the plan has a number of shortcomings in relation to its environmental … Continue reading

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USC Dornsife Scientific Diving: Finding My Career Through This Course

By Iñaki Pedroarena-Leal Originally published at ScientificAmerican.com As a student and developing scholar, I consider my transition from the classroom setting to the real world—as many mentors and peers matter-of-factly call it. One of my majors, Environmental Studies, is figuring … Continue reading

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