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Members of the SDSU Marine Ecology and Biology Student Association
 


A Look into SDSU's Marine Lab

SDSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory will open its doors to the public on March 10.
By David Rozul
 

San Diego State University's Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory will open its doors to the public, for only the second time.

Offering rare opportunities to experience what goes on in a marine research lab, the SDSU Marine Ecology and Biology Student Association is sponsoring an open house on March 10.

The open house will showcase current SDSU research and the facilities at the Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory through interactive exhibits and educational activities related to marine ecology and conservation.

“This is a great opportunity for the community to understand and explore local marine ecosystems in an interactive way,” said Violet Compton, graduate student and Marine Ecology and Biology Student Association co-founder.  “It’s a fun opportunity to learn and ask the scientists questions at SDSU.”

Some of the day’s events include research talks, lab tours, marine touch tanks, and SCUBA gear demonstrations. There will also be a raffle and local food provided by the Fish Market by donation.

Current SDSU marine research

During the open house there will be two lectures on the research currently being done at the lab.

SDSU Assistant professor of Biology, Jeremy Long, will discuss research on a salt marsh insect that may influence the restoration success of sensitive habitats.

“A lot of the research we do at the lab is very relevant,” Compton said. “We hope that this event will enhance the public’s knowledge of current conservation efforts to protect our local ecosystems and inspires people to become environmental stewards.”

Event details

  •  What: SDSU Coastal Marine Institute Laboratory Open House
  •  When: March 10, 2013 - 10 a.m.to 3p.m.
  •  Where: 4165 Spruance Rd., San Diego, CA 92101
  •  Cost: Free

The event is presented by the Marine Ecology and Biology Student Association and the biology department at SDSU in collaboration with SDSU students and faculty.

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