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MARINe Rocky Intertidal Survey Program

Award Period: 

Friday, May 1, 2015 to Sunday, April 30, 2017

Award Amount: 

$19 681

Agency Name: 

UC Santa Cruz

Award Number: 

A15-0068-S005

PI First Name: 

Carol

PI last name: 

Blanchette

MSI Person: 

Area/s of Research: 

Abstract: 

The Multi-Agency Rocky Intertidal Network (MARINe) is a partnership of agencies,

universities and private groups committed to determining the health of the rocky intertidal

habitat and providing this information to the public. MARINe, a model partnership in

existence for over a decade, is funded entirely by the independent contributions of its

members who jointly publish data in peer-reviewed literature. Findings from this extensive

and unique long-term monitoring program indicate that many rocky shores along the coast,

particularly those near urban centers, are under stress, with some intertidal populations

changing significantly over the past several decades. MARINe cooperates closely with

PISCO and other intertidal programs, which utilize the monitoring sites for a variety of

ecological studies. MARINe funds undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral researchers

who publish their results in peer-reviewed papers. MARINe regularly presents joint

posters and papers on our findings at technical conferences, as well at annual network

Workshops. Blanchette will serve as a coordinator to unify the activities of this group in the

realm of data collection, management, analysis and in the production of papers. Blanchette

will help to train and supervise students and technicians involved in the Biodiversity

sampling. Blanchette will also work with other members of the MARINe group to produce

reports and manuscripts and present the results of MARINe work at scientific and public

conferences and symposia.