California Academy of Sciences Planetarium show features Angelo

Angelo is featured on the upcoming Morrison Planetarium show “Habitat Earth” at the California Academy of Sciences, opening to the public on January 16 2015.  The theme developed by writer Ryan Wyatt is one of networks, from the transportation trade networks routing ships through San Francisco Bay, to the food web networks that feed the life beneathe the waves and link it, via nutrients and salmon, to river food webs, and in turn to the “wood wide web” (in David Read’s wonderful phrase) of roots and mycorrhizae underlying the forests that cool the rivers and influence their life-supporting hydrological cycles.  The hydrologic cycle, following drops of water from fractured rocks up through trees to the atmosphere is interwoven in his story.  Bill Dietrich, Todd Dawson, Mary Power, Collin Bode, and Peter Steel all helped Director Tom Kennedy, Ryan Wyatt, and film makers Jeroen Lapre, Mike Schmitt, and Matt Blackwell  during their Angelo visits.  We greatly enjoyed their visits and our interactions.

NASA climate forecasts–our drought continues

Thanks to Inez Fung for sending these links for those of us wanting updates on the longer-term, larger scale forecasts for precipitation and temperature over the coming year…

NOAA just issued a report on US weather/climate of 2014 –  you can find your favorite extremes.   Wunderground has a blog summary of the report.

The near-term outlook is here – you can click on the one-month or 3-month outlook for temperature and precip.  In any case the drought continues

Sea surface temperature in the equatorial pacific and El Nino outlook is here.  The bottom of the page has a lengthy discussion.

Hiromi Uno wins AAAS Pacific Division award and grant

Hiromi Uno was chosen as the AAAS, Pacific Division’s Alan E. Leviton Student Research Awardee for 2014.  She received a $750 grant from the American Association for the Advancement of Science Pacific Division and free registration for two of their annual meetings, for her work reporting on migratory mayflies and their importance in linking tributary, mainstem, and ocean food webs.  Her work was presented in a Symposium organized by Prof. Kurt Anderson on Conservation and Ecology in River Networks, at AAAS meetings in Riverside CA, June 2014.

National Academy of Sciences Report on Field Stations

Last July, the National Academy of Sciences released this report on Field Stations:

Schubel, J. R., Conrad, C. C., Debinski, D., Kareiva, P. M., Matsumoto, G. I., McKnight, D. M., Parmeson, C., Plowes, R., Power, A.G., Power, M.E., Stromberg, M.R.  (2014). Enhancing the Value and Sustainability of Field Stations and Marine Laboratories in the 21st Century. Report of the National Research Council of the National Academies of Sciences, pp. 1–84.

This entire report can be downloaded at http://dels.nas.edu/Report/Enhancing-Value-Sustainability/18806.  It describes the critical importance of field stations in the 21st century, but also charges those who use and care for them with being more entrepreneurial in order to sustain them through an era of declining federal grant support for science in the United States.

Here, you can also view a film that features four different Angelo sequences:

http://dels.nas.edu/Materials/Videos/Field-Stations?bname=

Field Station book