Monthly Archives: May 2013

Bringing War to the “Island of Peace” – The Fight for the Preservation of Jeju-do

Originally published at ScientificAmerican.com By Laura Hough Located approximately 130 km from South Korea’s southern coast, the beautiful Jeju Island (or Jeju-do) is South Korea’s largest island and smallest province.  Inhabitants of the island live lives primarily focused on fishing … Continue reading

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Guam and Palau 2013: New Recruits and New Experiences

Originally published at ScientificAmerican.com By David Ginsburg Flying across the Pacific Ocean, as I lead a group of USC undergraduates to Micronesia, it seems as though little has changed since my days as a Master’s Degree candidate at the University … Continue reading

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The Relationship Between the Economy and Tourism on Catalina Island

Originally published at ScientificAmerican.com By Sarah Wood Balancing the environment and the economy is difficult, especially on a sparsely populated island such as Santa Catalina Island. Located approximately 20 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, Catalina’s economy is largely … Continue reading

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Northern Elephant Seals: Increasing Population, Decreasing Biodiversity

Originally published at ScientificAmerican.com By Dana Handy In nature, a population recovery is not always what it seems, as the story of the Northern Elephant seal attests. This species, so named because the large male seal’s nose resembles that of … Continue reading

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Marine Protected Areas and Catalina Island: Conserve, Maintain and Enrich

Originally published at ScientificAmerican.com By Rachel Roenfeldt Marine protected areas (MPAs) have been an increasingly important and effective form of conservation and management of coastal habitats and species. The strengthening and enhancement of these sites began on May 26, 2000 … Continue reading

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USC Dornsife Scientific Diving: An Analysis of Sargassum Horneri Ecosystem Impact

Originally published at ScientificAmerican.com By: Richelle Tanner The giant kelp forests of Catalina provide not only a subaquatic wonderland for divers, but also a habitat for countless marine organisms. However, their existence is jeopardized by a number of invasive species, … Continue reading

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USC Dornsife Scientific Diving: A New Faculty Member on the Team

Originally published at ScientificAmerican.com By Kristen Weiss In a few short days, I will be heading to Micronesia with several USC staff and faculty members, as well as 26 bright, enthusiastic USC undergraduates. This trip is the culmination of a … Continue reading

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