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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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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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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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Monitoring Contaminants of Emerging Concern Using New Passive Sampling Techniques

By Abigail Joyce and Mallory Pirogovsky Originally published at ScientificAmerican.com 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 ScientificAmerican.com 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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