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Oct 2017- Wrapped up our RNA-Seq workshop at Scripps Institution of Oceanography-thanks to all the participants, organizers and instructors for a great workshop!! All the materials are available here through SIO Open Data Science.

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Sept 2017- Just wrapped up Pacific leatherback in-water field work in Northern California. Despite three weeks of bad weather, equipment failures and other obstacles, our fantastic field team persisted!! Honored to work with such a fun and talented group of researchers at NOAA-SWFSC.

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June 2017 – Excited to share this interview, talking about my path in science and dealing with imposter syndrome and diversity issues.

June 2017 – Curious how to use genetic/genomic tools in sea turtle biology? Check out our new review in Frontiers in Marine Science!

May 2017 – This post is long overdue; things have been busy with travel and, well, life. But I am very excited to soon join the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst as an Assistant Professor in Conservation Genomics and Ecophysiology!

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I will continue working with NOAA-SWFSC and other West Coast collaborators, and can’t wait to get to know New England and develop projects in East Coast rivers and marine ecosystems. Interested students, technicians and post-docs please contact me at lisa.komoroske@noaa.gov. 

February 2017 – Dr. Camryn Allen and I led a necropsy workshop at NOAA-SWFSC with a fantastic group of colleagues and volunteers (thanks to Erin and Joel for organizing!). We have had high numbers of sea turtles strand in the past year in southern California, which we never like to see. But they give us an opportunity to learn so much about their biology and what might have caused their deaths. So many thanks to the hard work of all participants! *note: all turtles necropsied were deceased stranded animals; if you see a stranded turtle or marine mammal, do not handle the animal-please call NOAA or the local authorized California stranding network partner*

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December 2016 – Excited to be part of the editorial team for this new Research Topic in Frontiers! Please share with anyone who might be interested in contributing, and contact me with any questions!

October 2016 – Our new Functional Ecology paper on climate change and invasive predator-native prey interactions is featured on NPR – Congratulations Brian!

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September 2016 – Despite the best efforts of the Monterey Bay fog to keep us grounded, we had some great weather days for California foraging leatherback aerial surveys and boat research (all research and photos conducted under NOAA permit #15634). Always a privilege to work with this amazing research team in the sky and on the water!

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September 2016- Up at the gorgeous University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station for the 2016 Conservation Genomics Workshop. Long but rewarding hours crunching big data and connecting with students, post-docs, and PIs from around the world to learn the many ways they are applying genomics techniques in wildlife conservation. Great opening perspective by Fred Allendorf yesterday, followed by Paul Hohenlohe today sharing his group’s hot off the press Nature paper using genomics to understand disease and recovery in Tasmanian devils.

August 2016- It’s been a fun, busy summer of data analysis & manuscripts. Last week we said goodbye to our amazing Cal Poly STAR interns Sarina Fernandez and Warren Asfazadour who are off to take all the inquiry-based science they learned into high school STEM classrooms! Best of luck!!

We did manage to squeeze in some camping in the Washington Olympic Peninsula and San Juan Islands. Refreshed and ready for Fall to begin!

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June 2016- It’s been a good week! Our paper demonstrating how sublethal salinity stress contributes to habitat limitation is out too! Evol_Apps_screenshot

June 2016- Our paper investigating how high temperatures affect smelt in extreme California drought is featured as an ‘Inside JEB’ article. Congratulations Dr. Jeffries!

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Jan. 2016- Our paper combining physiological metrics with climate models is out in PLoSOne! This was a truly collaborative effort with USGS scientists, and I think is a great demonstration of how scientists from different disciplines can synthesize knowledge and help inform management. Check it out:

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Dec. 2015-I finally had a chance to write a bit more about the SWFSC loggerhead research, and it’s featured on the NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region News page! Check it out here:loggerhead header

Nov. 2015- Our review paper on bycatch is featured on the Frontiers Journal webpage!

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Many thanks to UC Davis for helping us make our work open access to facilitate sharing of scientific ideas and advancing conservation goals!

Oct 2015- California loggerhead & green turtle field work

It’s been a busy last few months sampling green turtles in San Diego Bay

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  And boat captures and aerial surveys for loggerheads in the Southern California Bight

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As I am settling back at my desk and into data analyses, I am humbled by the pretty amazing people who coordinate the many moving pieces of these large projects. I will have more on this research coming soon.

In the meantime, let’s all just reflect on the El Niño visitors this year. In addition to loggerhead food all the way up in Bodega Bay, there’s been whale sharks and a yellow-bellied sea snake in the SCB -the northernmost sea snake ever documented in the Pacific Coast of North America according to Greg Pauly. It’s going to be an interesting ‘winter’…

Sept 2015- New Molecular Ecology paper published!

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July 2015- Carrie Bow Cay Field Station

Some of you may be familiar with CBC in Belize for its famous, crazy cool hermit crabs. It also is surrounded by diverse coral, mangrove, seagrass communities that make it a pretty kickass  research station.

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Now that Brian’s a pro at collecting and spawning the animals, we’re able to make quick work conducting the experiments in the seagrass beds here.  Along with some groPro action to monitor the plots and in lab feeding trials to see who’s eating whom, it’s almost like this is a vacation (except for the late night data entry)! Adding in some late night and early morning patrols to monitor the sea turtle nesting activity and exploring the local mangrove communities, this place is pretty dang special.

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The facilities and staff here do such an amazing job helping researchers. Wet lab with a sand floor, glassy water with tiller that doesn’t quit, what more could you ask for?

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Well, maybe the most perfect outhouse on the planet…

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March 2015- If you are in the San Diego area, check out Marine Science Day at SDSU’s marine lab. A great event that is free and has activities geared toward all ages!

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February 2015– We are excited to share our article on scientist-K12 STEM collaboration!BioScience.screen.stitch
January 2015- Brian and I have been working down at the STRI Bocas del Toro field station, getting his first set of experiments off the ground. As a Smithsonian MarineGEO postdoc, he’s using the different Smithsonian marine research stations to understand why we see different patterns of invasive species across latitudes.

As we poked around looking for his study species, we were amazed at the biomass and diversity on the mangrove roots! On the right are a few critters we pulled in to look at more closely in the lab. (visit Brian’s blog to learn more, where he’ll be posting info about his project and some cool video of his adorable bryozoan larvae soon!).
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We also had some fun helping scientist Jason Hodin collect urchins for his NSF work with Brian Gaylord and Matt Ferner investigating species differences in how turbulence affects larval settlement -for a taste of this cool work, check out their recent PNAS paper:
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Finally, just for kicks-I found this guy in the seagrass beds near the STRI doc-

September 2014-We’ve had unusually warm water off the California Coast this summer. Since temperature is a very important cue for animals, we’ve had some interesting visitors:
Fishermen find rare green sea turtle outside Golden Gate

SFGate: photo courtesy of the Salty Lady
Photo courtesy of the Salty Lady

To learn more, check out the fantastic Natural History of Bodega Head Blog by Jackie Sones- like this post on unusual visitor hitching a ride on some By-the-wind Sailors (Velella velella)!!

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August 2014- Check out coverage of our work of climate change impacts on delta smelt in the Delta Science Newsletter!

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