Every month, the third Saturday is a special day at Birch Aquarium: SEA Days! As the tagline suggests, SEA Days are always full of “Science, Exploration and Adventure.” Visitors and members can meet a Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego scientist or other local researcher and get hands-on with science, participate in activity stations, and get creative with a thematic craft. Name: Maya deVries Hometown: Berkeley, CA Schooling Background: B.S. UC Davis, Evolution and Ecology Major, English Minor. Ph.D. UC Berkeley, Integrative Biology 1 word to describe a characteristic a scientist must have: Excitement Why are mantis shrimp so important? Mantis shrimp are important because they are “the best” at so many things. They strike with one of the fastest, most powerful movements ever reported in the animal kingdom. They also have the most complex visual system in the animal kingdom. By studying these impressive animals we can learn a lot about the biomechanics of movement, and we can also learn about the evolution of vision in animals. Not to mention, these animals are vicious predators, and learning about them can also reveal much about the food webs in which they live. How did you decide to work with this particular organism? In college, I became fascinated by all of […]
A few weeks ago, a student-led research cruise onboard Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s R/V Robert Godon Sproul was visible from Birch Aquarium. Naturally, guests, staff, and volunteers were all curious about the big blue ship zig zagging off of La Jolla Shores. It turns out, these students were conducting exciting research in the waters over La Jolla Underwater Canyon. Check out the above photo gallery from the ship! Madeleine Harmann, a Scripps Oceanography student onboard, let us know what the science team onboard the Sproul was up to: Over the last week, our team has been studying mixing patterns and internal waves in the La Jolla Canyon. Internal waves are waves that occur in the interior of the ocean where there are layers of water with increasing density——on the surface there is warm, fresh water from the sun and the rain and beneath that there is cold, salty water that was formed at the poles. Just like surface waves, internal waves can be generated very far away and travel across entire ocean basins until they reach the coast. And, just like surface wave, they can roll up and break when they do! This breaking creates lots of turbulence and mixing, and […]
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