Category Archives: Catalina Island

USC Dornsife Scientific Diving: The 2013 Guam and Palau Expedition Begins

Originally published at ScientificAmerican.com Every year we take an outstanding group of USC undergraduates through full American Academy of Underwater Sciences Scientific Diver training and then travel with them to the Micronesian Islands of Guam and Palau for investigations of … Continue reading

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2012 Wrap Up – Notes From a Field Course

By Jim Haw Originally published at ScientificAmerican.com 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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New Methods to Avoid Decompression Sickness

By Kaitlin Mogentale Originally published at ScientificAmerican.com 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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Catalina Ecotourism

By Christina Irvin Catalina Island is a gem located twenty-two miles off the Southern California Coast, and currently has nine protected areas surrounding it. It is part of the Southern California Bite, which, according to the MLPA (1999), provides habitats … Continue reading

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Entangled in the Excitement of Every New Day

By Nathaniel Kinsey Originally published at ScientificAmerican.com Note: By the time this posts the USC Dornsife students, staff and faculty will be in Guam. Immediately before the launch of the expedition the group spent a week at the USC Catalina … Continue reading

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The Navy Dive Tables

By Kaitlin Mogentale Originally published at ScientificAmerican.com If you asked me what my greatest fear is while scuba diving, I wouldn’t hesitate with my answer– the bends. The bends, or decompression sickness (DCS), is a decompression illness arising from the … Continue reading

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USC Dornsife Scientific Diving: The Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber

by Gerry Smith Originally published at ScientificAmerican.com Divers are at risk for a particular set of maladies that are generally caused by rapid changes in pressure. These include decompression sickness (DCS,) commonly known as “the bends”, and air (or gas) … Continue reading

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