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  1. TX – Penrose/Chapman Coastal, Wrap-Up

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    April 19, 2013 by Dr. G

    My students know I am a big fan of having them write reflective statements during the semester after attending a …
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  2. TX – Penrose/Chapman Coastal, Day 5

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    April 19, 2013 by Dr. G

    All good things must come to an end, which includes my participation in the first-ever combined Penrose/Chapman Conference. The focus …
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  3. TX – Penrose/Chapman Coastal, Day 4

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    April 18, 2013 by Dr. G

    Day 4 of the Penrose/Chapman conference was the last full day of the meeting – and what a full day …
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  4. TX – Penrose/Chapman Coastal, Day 3

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    April 17, 2013 by Dr. G

    Wednesday was split at the conference into morning talks on “Case Studies and Carbonate Environments,” and an afternoon fieldtrip on …
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  5. TX – Penrose/Chapman Coastal, Day 2

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    April 16, 2013 by Dr. G

    We all headed back to the conference center (across the street from the hotel) for Day 2 of Coastal Processes …
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  6. TX – Penrose/Chapman Coastal, Day 1

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    April 15, 2013 by Dr. G

    Let the conference begin! John Anderson from Rice University, one of the conference conveners, started us bright and early at …
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  7. TX – Penrose/Chapman Coastal, Travel Day

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    April 14, 2013 by Dr. G

    I’m off to a conference like no other I have been to, like no other that has ever been offered!  …
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But I have to share one more post from the #OSM20 fieldtrip to @birchaquarium and @scripps_ocean. And I don't know why this didn't click with me before I went on the trip, but Scripps Institution of Oceanography was the home of Charles Keeling (you know... the "Keeling Curve" guy). He was mentioned briefly during our time on campus, but I wanted more! So I ran over to his building to snap some photos, including photos in front of the historic markers. After visiting the Mauna Loa Laboratory back in 2014 (throwback photo included), it was great to come complete circle on the journey of CO2 measurements! #historicmarker #ACSmarker #Keeling
The last stop on the #OSM20 @scripps_ocean tour was the marine vertebrate collection. This collection focuses on fish-only, as the whale bones were given to NOAA once the Marine Mammal Protection Act went into effect. The collection was founded in 1944 and focuses mostly on eastern Pacific marine fish. We learned many cool, random fish facts! For example, this collection has over 2 million individual fish specimens that represents more than 6,000 fish species. Yet there have been 35,000 fish species identified in the world, with 500 new fish species identified each year. We saw the deepest fish ever caught - a type of snail fish from the Mariana Trench (~7,966 m deep). We also saw lots of fish in jars - a whale shark, goblin shark, viper fish, angler fish, and blob fish!
Next stop at #OSM20 @scripps_ocean was the Hubbs Research Aquarium - which is true to its name, as it clearly resembles a research laboratory! So many cool experiments are being done here by Scripps faculty. The work on the white sea bass was interesting, looking at the otoliths (inner ear bone) and what impact changing ocean pH will have on them for equilibrium and their growth? As this fish is used alot in the aquaculture industry, this work has great releavance. The sea urchin work on the white, purple (no photo), and red varieties was also fascinating. For example, how do human chemicals that wash into the ocean impact the growth and defense mechanisms of these sea creatures? In some cases, the reaction can be seen under a microscope. And the albino shark was just really cool to see...
Being a part of the #OSM20 fieldtrip allowed us special access to the @scripps_ocean Scripps Pier. This 1,000 foot-long pier increases six feet in height as you walk out from the shore, so water can filtered and be pumped back to the laboratories in the black seawater flume that runs along its length. The pier is designed to lower their smaller research vessels and divers, but it also takes important water measurements (looking down the opening where literally a bucket is lowered to collect a sample) and air measurements through weather stations and the pink pole at the end of the pier. These temperature measurements are critical for climate change mapping. What a view of sandstone faces, surfers, and oh yes - we saw dolphins, too!
Next stop on the #OSM20 fieldtrip was to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. We had a box lunch (with a box of water!) and a fascinating summary of the history of Scripps presented by Kirk Gardner. We heard about Revelle, Keeling, and more! @scripps_ocean