A Reflective Field Season

This is my 20th summer of doing field research in Bahía de los Ángeles. I started back in the summer of 2000, working with Gary Huxel and Paco Piñero, trying to keep things together (on a number of levels) following the deaths of Gary Polis and colleagues Mike Rose, Shigeru Nakano, Takuya Abe, and Masahiko Higashi in a tragic research accident.

A lot has happened in the last 20 years. We moved back to San Diego; we both have jobs we love, have forged new friendships and collaborations while strengthening those we already had, welcomed a wonderful daughter into our lives, and had to say goodbye too soon to some friends and family. Through it all, Bahia has been a constant, both as a source of renewal, my second home, a nexus for creating scientific and personal relationships, and as a natural laboratory for exploring ecological questions.

So, not only was this a great trip for many of the usual reasons (exciting research, working with friends, amazing students, and a stunning location), but it also reminds me of just how lucky I am.

Art and Science

So, there are these two phenomenal artists (Joey Rose and Alexandra Underwood) who were working on an art project related to climate change and ocean acidification. They were wondering who some of the key scientists are in the field, past and present, and I put that question out to a bunch of fellow scientists.

A few names kept reappearing on people’s lists (maybe a future post here). But one of those names that kept showing up, but is probably NOT on the radar of the general layperson, is Dr. Lisa Levin, who ALSO happens to have been my PhD advisor.

I have mentioned Lisa before - recently, in fact, in this post. But I could not state her achievements better than the artist, Joey Rose did in his instagram post:

Lisa Levin: Educator. Explorer. Scientist. Researcher. Conservationist. Policy Influencer. She does everything! Her studies and observations revolve around deep sea ecosystems deprived of oxygen and those subject to acidification and sulphide stress. (All very recently discovered man-made issues.) Among many achievements, she’s also the founder of the Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative.
— Joey Rose

Joey’s portrait of her is just too good not to share, so here you go! What an incredible display of talent.


a great op-ed in the union tribune

So nice to hear a thoughtful, powerful woman in STEM talk about diversity and inclusion in our local paper. Marlem is a wonderful, articulate young scientist. She, her husband, and her brother are all making the world a better place.

now reposted with improved photo - a picture of Marlem doing fieldwork back in 2007, while a student at Hoover High

now reposted with improved photo - a picture of Marlem doing fieldwork back in 2007, while a student at Hoover High

Click the picture above to go to the article.

Another great talk at The Nat - Rachel Ignotofsky

If you can go see this tonight, do it. I absolutely love her books, and her artwork is wonderful. As The Nat says:

With vibrant drawings, Rachel explores the complex and fragile relationships between plants, animals, and habitats across all of Earth’s regions, in a true celebration of biodiversity and interconnectedness.

Click the picture below to get your tickets! Tonight at 7pm.