The past few weeks have been packed with activities. On Tuesday January 24th, the team headed to LMU to attend a talk given by Tom Ford, the Executive Director of The Bay Foundation (TBF). This talk was particularly important because it put our project in the scope of all the other amazing work TBF has been doing. For nearly 20 years, TBF has been working off the coast of Palos Verdes with the rocky reefs. Unfortunately, many of the kelp forests had been diminished. Finally, in 2005, after years of research and fundraising, they began restoring the kelp forests! In 3 years they hand removed 3.3 million sea urchins over 34 acres of rocky reef! Thanks to them, we now have flourishing kelp forests off the coast of PV!
A week later, on January 31st, we were joined by Kristen Elsemore and Parker House during our weekly meeting. They introduced us to different research methods and gave us a demo on how to use some of the research equipment! In the picture below, they are demonstrating how a Niskin bottle works – it gathers water samples from discrete depths in the ocean.
We are SO thankful they made time to come to our meeting and we can’t wait to get out on the water with them to gather some data!