Creature Feature: A cute, quirky SF Bay fish resembles a baby dragon close-up

Looking like a baby dragon when photographed close up, this fish has been calling the San Francisco Bay home since the 1960s. The yellowfin goby -- with its large protruding eyes and unusual pelvic fin -- is a unique, quirky little fish that is now commonly found throughout the Bay and into the Delta region. As such, it is also commonly used in Marine Science Institute’s education programs. The yellowfin goby first surfaced in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River system in 1963. It is believed to have been to California via ballast water or as eggs on oysters attached to ships hulls.

Marine Science in the News: Surgical glue inspired by a marine animal

Bioengineers at UC Berkeley took a close look at a local marine species to create a new glue for medical procedures inside the body. Their animal influence? Mussels (Mytilus edulis)! How is this beneficial? Using the mussels’ underwater attachment abilities as inspiration, the team of scientists developed a glue that will stick and stay stuck completely underwater. The adhesive will be particularly useful for closing incisions during fetal surgery, in which doctors operate through a pregnant woman’s uterus to repair anatomical defects before birth. Despite the advancements in this procedure over the last 35 years, a major threat remains: the incision can split after the procedure, springing

Marine Science in the News: Surgical glue inspired by a marine animal

Bioengineers at UC Berkeley took a close look at a local marine species to create a new glue for medical procedures inside the body. Their animal influence? Mussels (Mytilus edulis)! How is this beneficial? Using the mussels’ underwater attachment abilities as inspiration, the team of scientists developed a glue that will stick and stay stuck completely underwater. The adhesive will be particularly useful for closing incisions during fetal surgery, in which doctors operate through a pregnant woman’s uterus to repair anatomical defects before birth. Despite the advancements in this procedure over the last 35 years, a major threat remains: the incision can split after the procedure, springing

Teachers look to nature for ideas at recent "Ship to Shore" Teacher Workshop

San Francisco Bay Area teachers delved deeper into biomimicry and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) at Marine Science Institute’s recent free teacher workshop called, “Ship to Shore – All you need to know and more!” The event was held Wednesday, March 8 from 4:30-6:30 pm. Through the workshop, MSI showcased their school programs -- particularly focusing on how they align with NGSS. Educating teachers in the areas of incorporating NGSS and environmental education into their classroom is one of MSI’s goals. By adding an MSI program to their curriculum, teachers are able to address many of the state’s new science standards. Yearly, MSI educates more than 56,000 people (including area stu

Marine Science Camp: Scholarships

Every child deserves the opportunity of summer camp and we recognize that some families might require a little help. Each year, Marine Science Camp offers scholarships to families with demonstrated financial need to enjoy the fun, learning and benefits of camp. The Marine Science Camp Scholarship Fund was created to send deserving children to camp that could not afford to join otherwise. It is supported entirely by the charitable donations of people like you. Last summer, 12 qualifying children received scholarships allowing them to experience the fun and learning of Marine Science Camp 2016 and it was all because of our generous donors. This summer our goal is to provide a scholarship to ev

Marine Science Camp: Scholarships

Every child deserves the opportunity of summer camp and we recognize that some families might require a little help. Each year, Marine Science Camp offers scholarships to families with demonstrated financial need to enjoy the fun, learning and benefits of camp. The Marine Science Camp Scholarship Fund was created to send deserving children to camp that could not afford to join otherwise. It is supported entirely by the charitable donations of people like you. Last summer, 12 qualifying children received scholarships allowing them to experience the fun and learning of Marine Science Camp 2016 and it was all because of our generous donors. This summer our goal is to provide a scholarship to ev

Creature Feature: Decline of Small Delta Fish Predicts Health of Environment

The Delta smelt (Hypomesus transpacificus) may be a tiny fish, but this indicator species’ lack of presence looms large in California’s water allocations as it nears closer and closer to extinction despite being protected by the Endangered Species Act. An indicator species is defined as a species whose presence or absence in a specific environment is a direct correlation to that environment’s health and condition. In this case, the Delta smelt, which is considered threatened, is an indicator species for the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. See the Creature Feature card below to learn more about the Delta smelt and what's causing the population decline.

You Make All the Difference: A BayLines Original Article

This year, we set a goal to raise $20,000 by April 30 for our marine science programs through our Earth Day fundraising campaign. Earth Day isn’t just one day of the year for the Marine Science Institute. It isn’t Earth Week or even Earth Month for us. Earth Day is every day. Every day, every week, every month of the year, the Marine Science Institute opens its doors to school children and to the public. However, this is the time of year when we join with the rest of the community in the great initiative to celebrate the planet. We need your help to meet this $20,000 Earth Day goal. Your unrestricted gift to MSI lowers the cost-share for school classes to receive marine science education.

Learning by Doing -- The Role of Dissection in Science: A BayLines Original Article

Throughout the year, students visit the Marine Science Institute to deploy a giant net to catch fish, use dichotomous keys to identify species, become immersed in habitats, such as the tidepools, and so much more. Student interaction with organisms and habitats is one of the most effective mechanisms and teaching tools for science. At Marine Science Camp over the summer, campers interact with live animals, cultivate a physical connection with San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean habitats, and engage in scientific practices. An important, albeit contentious, method of study is that of dissection. Students who join us for Marine Science Camp may use dissection as an educational opportunity to e

Board Updates - Welcome: A BayLines Original Article

As an organismal biologist, I have dedicated my career to wildlife and marine conservation. I have worked at conservation centers around the world, focusing on research, education and rehabilitation. After my last position as the manager of a marine mammal rehabilitation center in Ireland, I'm excited to be back in California to serve on the Marine Science Institute's Board of Trustees. I also work very closely with The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito and am currently the operations manager at an agricultural technology start-up company in San Francisco. In my free time I love dancing, swimming, traveling, martial arts and spending time with friends. We are excited to welcome Lisa to the t

Learning by Doing -- The Role of Dissection in Science: A BayLines Original Article

Throughout the year, students visit the Marine Science Institute to deploy a giant net to catch fish, use dichotomous keys to identify species, become immersed in habitats, such as the tidepools, and so much more. Student interaction with organisms and habitats is one of the most effective mechanisms and teaching tools for science. At Marine Science Camp over the summer, campers interact with live animals, cultivate a physical connection with San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean habitats, and engage in scientific practices. An important, albeit contentious, method of study is that of dissection. Students who join us for Marine Science Camp may use dissection as an educational opportunity to e

You Make All the Difference: A BayLines Original Article

This year, we set a goal to raise $20,000 by April 30 for our marine science programs through our Earth Day fundraising campaign. Earth Day isn’t just one day of the year for the Marine Science Institute. It isn’t Earth Week or even Earth Month for us.  Earth Day is every day.  Every day, every week, every month of the year, the Marine Science Institute opens its doors to school children and to the public. However, this is the time of year when we join with the rest of the community in the great initiative to celebrate the planet. We need your help to meet this $20,000 Earth Day goal. Your unrestricted gift to MSI lowers the cost-share for school classes to receive marine science education.

Funder's Corner - Oracle: A BayLines Original Article

MSI’s grant funders are the BEST!  Oracle Corporation works to improve the quality of life in the communities where it does business. They are one of San Mateo County’s biggest corporate supporters of nonprofit organizations and their missions. Oracle sponsors more than 1,000 nonprofit organizations globally each year.  In FY13 and FY14, Oracle donated $21 million in cash to nonprofit organizations to advance education, protect the environment, increase opportunity and enrich community life. Since 1998, Oracle has granted Marine Science Institute more than $300,000, specifically to sponsor youth from low-income schools in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties to take field trips to the San Fran

Board Updates - Welcome: A BayLines Original Article

As an organismal biologist, I have dedicated my career to wildlife and marine conservation. I have worked at conservation centers around the world, focusing on research, education and rehabilitation. After my last position as the manager of a marine mammal rehabilitation center in Ireland, I'm excited to be back in California to serve on the Marine Science Institute's Board of Trustees. I also work very closely with The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito and am currently the operations manager at an agricultural technology start-up company in San Francisco. In my free time I love dancing, swimming, traveling, martial arts and spending time with friends. We are excited to welcome Lisa to the t

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