National Ocean Sciences Bowl: Regional Winners Awarded Research Cruise on San Francisco Bay
Following last year's success, we are once again offering a science cruise on San Francisco Bay
to two high school teams placing in the Northern
California Regional Ocean Sciences Bowl. Called the "Otter Bowl," this year's regional
competition was held on February 12 and 13 at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The
first-place winner, from Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, CA, will travel to Baltimore,
MD, to compete in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl finals at the Maritime Institute of Technology
on April 14-17.
The USGS/CMGP is one of the sponsors of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl,
an academic competition in which teams of high school students answer rapid-fire questions on
ocean-related topics in the fields of biology, chemistry, geology, physics, history, and economics.
The finals will be attended by both John Haines (Associate Program Coordinator of
CMGP) and Jeff Williams (Program Coordinator), who calls the competition "a very
important and productive outreach and educational effort."
Both locally and nationally, competing students receive prizes and recognition for their efforts and
teamwork. The second- and third-place winners of the Northern California regional competition -- York
School of Carmel and Sierra High of Tollhouse (near Fresno) -- have been invited to spend a
morning with USGS scientists studying San Francisco Bay. The cruise will take place on May 5,
leaving from the USGS Marine Facility at Redwood City to tour the south bay. The cruise is a
joint effort with the USGS Water Resources Division, which is supplying the 96-ft research
vessel, R/V Polaris, and many of the scientists who will host the students.
The plan is to present the students and their teachers with mini-lectures and hands-on
experience in several ongoing USGS San Francisco Bay research projects. The scientists will
discuss the R/V Polaris' role as a research vessel (Byron Richards),
explain water-column profiles obtained by CTD (Brian Cole, Jody Edmunds, Tara Schraga),
demonstrate grab sampling and benthic surveys (Cindy Brown and
discuss the impact of invasive species on the bay's ecosystem (Mary McGann
and Rendy Keaten).
Also on board will be Tooky Campione, a USGS volunteer who coordinates
local USGS tours and speaking engagements. She will show the students around campus
later in the day.
Consortium for Oceanographic Research & Education
University of California, Santa Cruz
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
in this issue:
Monitoring Hawai'i Coral Reefs
Environmental Careers Symposium
Nat'l Ocean Sciences Bowl
Blue Lobster Bowl
Science Fairs & Career Day Events
Oceans Day 2000
Letters to the Editor
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Symposium
Association of Women Geoscientists
Coordination with EPA
Two Talks at WHFC
WHFC Personnel Training
New Staff at St. Pete
April Publications List