Monthly Archives: June 2012

2012 Wrap Up – Notes From a Field Course

By Jim Haw Originally published at Planning for this year’s Guam and Palau course stated about two weeks after we got back from last year’s course. Halfway through our stay in Palau this year, my co-instructor Dave Ginsburg and … Continue reading

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“Think Like a Brittle Star”

By David Ginsburg Originally published at On a recent collecting excursion in Palau, I repeated the mantra “Think Like a Brittle Star” over and over as my colleague Jim Haw and I searched for a specimen (Ophiotylos leucus) that … Continue reading

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Monitoring Contaminants of Emerging Concern Using New Passive Sampling Techniques

By Abigail Joyce and Mallory Pirogovsky Originally published at Hydrophobic organic compounds are often introduced into aquatic environments through manufacturing and sewage discharge, storm water runoff, and by leaching out of consumer waste. The hydrophobic nature of these compounds … Continue reading

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An Interview with Karl Huggins

By Kaitlin Mogentale and Nicole Matthews Originally published at We recently sat down with Karl Huggins the director of the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber, located at the USC Wrigley Marine Institute on Santa Catalina Island to discuss his scientific contributions … Continue reading

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New Methods to Avoid Decompression Sickness

By Kaitlin Mogentale Originally published at On one of our multiple dive training trips to California’s beautiful Santa Catalina Island, we were fortunate enough to receive a tour of the hyperbaric chamber stationed on the island. Inside the chamber, … Continue reading

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Spending a Day With a Palauan Matriarch

By Katie Graves Coming from a family where mom managed the house and had a full time job along with other responsibilities, I am very familiar with women being in a leadership role, but I have never experienced a true … Continue reading

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Beginning My Journey as a USC Environmental Studies Major

By Judith Fong Originally published at Note: The students have now returned to Los Angeles from Micronesia and some are reflecting on their experiences. Remaining posts in this year’s blog will focus on lessons learned and ongoing environmental research … Continue reading

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