Drive less. Turn off the lights. Use efficient appliances. Some steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are straightforward; others are trickier. Delta Science Fellow Gavin McNicol has been investigating one of the latter: wetland restoration.
All water is not equal when it comes to fish habitat, and this is especially true in the varied salinity zones of the San Francisco Bay Estuary (the Estuary). For the protected species Delta and Longfin smelt, Delta Science Fellow Brittany Kammerer is uncovering the limits of just how much salt these fish can handle.
Wrangling Pythons (coding scripts) and refining my knowledge of West Coast oceanography and ocean organization acronyms has helped me realize that integrated, policy-applicable oceanographic work is what I want to do in the future.
“I learned how to communicate more effectively with people outside my field through the mentoring process. My degree heavily depended on the use of specific technologies, and I had fallen into the trap of using jargon that is not easily understood by the public.” – Ryan Freedman, CA Sea Grant State Fellow
“Through my fellowship, I had the opportunity to participate in a great example of California’s support for citizen science – Reef Check California – that showed me how it is possible to give ocean-minded citizens a stake in how we manage our ocean.” – Liz Parissenti, CA Sea Grant State Fellow
“This transition from a marine system to an estuarine/freshwater one was not as difficult as I had initially thought, and it’s been more rewarding then I had ever imagined.” – Jenny Bigman, CA Sea Grant State Fellow
“I’m a scientist, and I learned that I’m not the most effective messenger. People don’t trust scientists (or politicians) these days to tell them about climate change.” – Mary Matella, CA Sea Grant State Fellow