STAR Program

The STAR (STEM Teacher and Researcher) program offers pre-service and early career K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) teachers paid summer research experiences in national, university, and independent laboratories. STAR Fellows pursue a prestigious "teacher-researcher" career path starting with an original research project for 9 weeks. Weekly education workshops and conferences support Fellows considering how the "doing of science" can be translated into the "teaching of science. " Each STAR Fellow presents their research at a closing conference. Many become STEM leaders and go on to present at state and national teaching and professional society meetings.

STAR aims to enhance the recruitment, preparation, and retention of high quality science and math teachers. The STAR program is administered on behalf the California State University system by the Cal Poly Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (CESaME). STAR has supported hundreds of Fellows since its inception in 2006.

This Digital Commons series presents Fellow's research posters illustrating the diverse fields of inquiry and depth of research projects grouped by our partner lab sites.

For more information visit: www.STARteacherResearcher.org

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About STAR - STEM Teacher and Researcher Program
Poster presented at the Teacher Research Experience Conference

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0952013 and contributions from philanthropic foundations. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

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Designing and Implementing a Planetary Geology Course for Engineers at the Jet Propulsion Lab, Jessica Joyce DiMizio

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Broadband Photometry of Pluto, David M. Dombroski, Bonnie Buratti, and Heath Rhoades

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Collecting Diverse Microorganisms from Rover Spacecraft, Jennifer I. Jacobs, Arianna Jefferson, Heidi Aronson, James Tan, Wayne Schubert, and Parag Vaishampayan

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Fatty Acid Recovery and Identification in Mars Analogue Soil Samples, Kimberly E. Lykens

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Mapping Open Water Bodeis with Optical Remote Sensing, Mary Ellen O'Donnell and Erika Podest

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Environmental Testing of Lasers for JPL's Cold Atom Laboratory, Carey L. Baxter

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Phylogenetic Diversity of Microbial Isolates from the Mars Pathfinder, Kyla BradyLong, Adriana Blachowicz, Parag Vaishampayan, James N. Benardini, and Wayne Schubert

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Comparison of the Promega and Kikkoman ATP Devices, Ryan Hendrickson, James Nick Benardini, and Kasthuri Venkateswaran

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Space RACE: Capturing an Orbiting Sample and a Nation’s Imagination, Stephanie La Liberte, Andrew Chavarin, Shubham Gogna, C. Daniel Thomas, Vy Phung, and Gabriel Udomkesmalee

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How Clean is the Clean Room?, Erik J. McFarland

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Using Remote Sensing Data to Predict the Spread of Mosquito Borne Disease, Mary Ellen O'Donnell and Erika Podest

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Laser Frequency Stabilization for LISA, Andrew B. Parker, Andrew J. Sutton, and Glenn De Vine

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Exploring Soil Moisture Protocol Alternatives for the Classroom Setting, Garrett Smith

Archival and Analysis of Sea Ice Thickness in the Arctic Ocean Based on On-Ice In Situ Historical Measurements, Lesley Anderson

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Engineering Design: Sample Return Mission, Erol Chandler, Moogega Cooper, and Kimberly Lykens

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From the Laboratory to the Classroom: Characterization of Microorganisms Residing on Mars-Based Spacecraft, Ryan Hendrickson

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Juxtaposing NASA’s AERONET AOD with CARB PM data over the San Joaquin Valley to facilitate Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) PM pollution research, John Kanemoto

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Preservation of Biosignature Molecules in Potential Sample Return Container of the Mars 2020 Mission, Kimberly E. Lykens and Fei Chen Ph.D

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Detection of Viable Microorganisms Using Propidium Monoazide, Erik J. McFarland and Adrian Ponce Dr.

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Characterization of the Drilling via the Vibration Augmenter of Rotary-Drills and Sound Signal Processing of Impacted Pipe as a Potential Water Height Assessment Tool, Nicholas Morris

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Inter-Comparison of Forward Radiative Transfer Computer Models, Jesse Venegas, Anthony Davis, Michael Garay, and Olga Kalashnikova

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Raman Mapping of Mars Relevant Minerals Using Multiple Excitation Wavelenghts, Victoria Campbell and William Abbey

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Impact of Neutron Irradiation on the Thermoelectric Properties of Rare Earth‐Based Thermoelectric Materials, Zachary Chandler, Sabah Bux, Chen-Kuo Huang, Jagdishbhai Patel, Jean-Pierre Fleurial, and Thierry Caillat

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Playing "Hide and Seek" With Binary Stars, Elin Deeb and Raghvendra Sahai

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To Mask or Not to Mask: Using a Model‐Based Barameter to Detect Vegetation Changes from Polarimetric and Interferometric Radar Data, Kaitlyn Fiechtner and Marco LaValle

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Propidium Monoazide qPCR for Viability Assessment of Microbes with Species Specificity, Carolyn Laymon, Adrian Ponce, and Nicholas Fingland

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Survival of B. horneckiae Spores Under Ground-Simulated, Sneha Tharayil and Parag Vaishampayan

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Building the Foundation for Student Observations Using NASA's Deep Impact Spacecraft, Jamie Vargas and Rich Rieber

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Plexiglass Protection Shield for the Testbed System of the ATHLETE Rover, Shin Adachi

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Relationships between snow pack, soil moisture, and forest greenness: Implications for SMAP, Jordan Anderson, Noah Molotch, and Bin Guan

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Deep UV Penetration Depth in Astrobiologically Relevant Rocks & Minerals, Juliana Capra and William Abbey

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Investigation of a Statistical Metric for Validation of a Structural Dynamics Model, April Morton and Lee Peterson

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Planetary Protection Technology Survey for Mars Sample Return Mission, Arbella Moshava, Yin Lin, and Wayne Schubert

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Informing Carbon in Arctic Reservoirs Vulnerability Experiment Flight Schedule based upon Soil and Vegetation Freeze and Thaw Event Variation along the Alaska Ecological Transect, Jessica Potter, Kyle McDonald, and Erika Podest

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Comparison of Low and High Resolution Multiscale Ultrahigh Resolution (MUR) Level 4 Datasets, Robin Sehler and Jorge Vazquez

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Assessing Laser Lifetime Test Performance, Joe Weichman, Hamid Hemmati, and Malcolm Wright

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Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) Variability with Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), Sam Koshy, Douglas I. Hoffman, and Roc M. Cutri

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

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Updating Purchasing Specifications for Energy-Efficient Commercial Boilers for the Federal Energy Management Program, Arturo Avila and James Lutz

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Rock Porosity Analysis Using High Resolution X-ray Tomography, Leo Groner, Dula Parkinson, and Katya Bazilevskaya

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Remote Sensing Analysis for Salinity Management of Seasonal Wetlands, Debra L. S. Miller and Nigel W.T. Quinn

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Effects of Mechanical Ventilation Rates on Indoor Formaldehyde Levels, Thuy Nguyen and Henry Willem

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Recyclability of Ionic Liquid in Pretreatment of Eucalyptus Globulus, Melissa Ambrose, Kim Tran, Anthe George, and Bradley Holmes

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Cyanobacteria and Biosequestration: The Effects of High CO2 Levels on Calcifying Strains of Synechococcus, Fallon E. Frye, Stephanie M. Swarbreck, and Christer Jansson

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Next Generation of Quality Low Energy “Green” Windows, James M. Kennedy, R.J. Mendelsberg, and S.H.N. Lim

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)

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Radiocarbon Isotopic Classification of Deep Tropical Forest Soils, Brooke Butler, Karis J. McFarlane, Jennifer Pett-Ridge, and Katherine A. Heckman

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Resolving Emission Lines of Sodiumlike Fe XVI Using EBIT, Sandi Lavito

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Characterization of putative Wnt3a-Inducible Enhancers, Katelynn C. Lee, Nicholas Hum, Aimy Sebastian, and Gabriela Loots

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The Effect of Environmental Selection Pressure on the Rate of Recombination to an Advantageous Receptor Mutation in Bovine Coronavirus, Gavin Schroter, Sally Hall, Mona Hwang, and Monica Borucki

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FEA Investigation of Microfabricated Structural Variation in Acoustofluidic Devices, Amanda Johnston

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Measuring Radiation Exposure in Human Blood using Gene Expression, Krystal Naranjo, Melissa Bentley, Harsha Konery, and Matthew Coleman

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Measuring K-shell Transitions in L-shell Ions of Aluminum Using LLNL EBIT, Grecia Ramos

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Assessing the influence of mineral surface chemistry on soil organic matter stability in the US in response to climate change, Alexandra Toledo and Katherine Heckman

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Rescuing Acetylcholinesterase from Nerve Agent Inhibition: Protein Dynamics Driven Drug Discovery, Aiyana M. Emigh and Brian Bennion

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The Influence of Soil Organic Matter Stabilization Mechanisms on Carbon Mean Residence Time Within Various Ecosystems in the United States, Vicky Lynn Giese and Kate Heckman Phd

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Physiologically-based pharmacokinetic modeling for predicting caffeine/theophylline-ciprofloxacin interactions, David M. Ng and Ali Navid

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Disocvering Ionic Liquid Resistant Genes, Bree Person, Douglass Higgins, and Michael Thelen

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Smart Sampling of Noble Gases to Detect Underground Nuclear Explosions, Lindsey M. Skelton, Steven Hunter, and Charles Carrigan

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Unmasking the Mysteries of High-Mass X-Ray Binaries (HMXBs): The Role of LLNL’s Electron Beam Ion Trap (EBIT), Carey Baxter, Natalie Hell, and Greg Brown

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Informing Drug Design: Human Acetylcholinesterase Response to Organophosphate Poisoning, Aiyana Emigh, Sebnem Essiz-Gokhan, and Brian Bennion

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Agent Based Modeling as an Educational Tool, Jonathan H. Fuller, Rodger Johnson, and Vic Castillo

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Selective Laser Sintering; A Design of Experiments, Philip David Hopkins and Victor Castillo PhD

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Measuring ecosystem CO2 emission sources in a northern hardwood forest, Laura Larson and Claire L. Phillips

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Physiologically-Based Pharmacokinetic Modeling of Acetaminophen Metabolism and Toxicity, David M. Ng and Ali Navid

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Analyzing Environmental Microbes for Genomic Regions Promoting Ionic Liquid Tolerance in E. coli, Ann Nguyen, Alison Richins, Thomas Rüegg, Steven Singer, and Michael Thelen

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Screening the Farallon Island Bacterial Collection for Ionic Liquid Tolerance to Create Genomic Libraries, Alison Richins, Ann Nguyen, Thomas Rüegg, Steven Singer, and Michael Thelen

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Chloroform Extraction of Iodine in Seawater Method Development, Hanna Seidler, Aaron Glimme, Scott Tumey, and Tom Guilderson

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Efficacy Comparison of Various PCR Master Mixes and Thermal Cycling Parameters for Detection of Brucella abortus in Multiplex Assays, Kevin J. Testo, Jason A. Olivas, Alda C. Carrillo, and Pejman Naraghi-Arani

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Quantification and in vitro analysis of nanolipoproteins (NLPs) containing adjuvants, Purna Venkataraman, Craig Blanchette, and Nicholas O. Fischer

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Caffeine Metabolism and Cytochrome P450 Enzyme mRNA Expression Levels of Genetically Diverse Inbred Mouse Strains, Neal Addicott, Michael Malfatti, and Gabriela G. Loots

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Effects of Ambient Gases On ICF Target Capsules, Bryan Chambers, Steve Letts, and Michael Stadermann

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Computational Identification of Protein Catalytic Sites: Tests, Validation, Dan Kirshner, Jerome Nilmeier, and Felice Lightstone

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Physiologically-Based Pharmacokinetic Modeling for Predicting Drug-Drug Interactions, David M. Ng and Ali Navid

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Laboratory Astrophysics: Using EBIT measurements to interpret high resolution spectra from celestial sources, Carey Scott, Joshua Thompson, N. Hell, and Greg V. Brown

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Approximating Commute Times by Truncated Eigenpair Summation, Brent Smith, Van Emden Henson, Geoff Sanders, and Sarah Powers

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The Role of LLNL's FAST Calibration Facility in Diagnosing NIF Fusion Plasmas, Joshua G. Thompson, Carey Scott, and Greg V. Brown

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Stability of various types of nanolipoprotein particles (NLPs) upon lyophilization, Purna Venkataraman, Craig D. Blanchette, and Nicholas O. Fischer

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Carbon Transfer from Labeled Leaf Litter into Mineral Soil at the University of Missouri Baskett Research Area, a Deciduous Forest in the Eastern United States, Shayne Bradshaw, Karis McFarlane, Paula Zermeno, and Paul Hanson

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Comparison of Lysis Efficiency for DNA Extraction of Spore-forming Bacillus thuringiensis, Jody Dunkel, Bill Hoppes, Marilyn Ramsey, Anne Marie Erler, and Lewis Wogan

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Modernizing Accelerator Mass Spectrometer Data Acquisition, Leo Groner and Ted Ognibene

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Characterizing Warm Dense Matter, Ernest Irish and Yuan Ping

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Time Resolved UV Spectroscopy on the Alcator C-Mod Tokamak, Jonathan B. Kamp, G.V. Brown, and P. Beiersdorfer

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Dual Polarization Interferometry for Small Molecules Drug Development, Sarwia Nawim, Brett Chromy, and Lindsey Evans

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Yersinia pestis Proteomics and Vaccine Development, Rebecca Paddack, Lindsey Evans, Jr-Shiuan Lin, Stephen Smiley, and Brett Chromy

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Stability of Nanolipoprotein Particles (NLPs) at Different Temperatures and Complex Media, Purna Venkataraman, Nicholas Fischer, and Craig Blanchette

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Applying a transfer function to correct snowfall climatology data at several automated weather stations across the United States, Kameron McCall and Scott Landolt

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Rainwater to flush toilets on a volcano, Robert A. Buchan

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Correcting Wind Bias for a Shielded GEONOR Solid Precipitation Gauge Using Transfer Functions, Stacey Wheeler and Scott Landolt

National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)

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Comparison of common lilac (Syringa vulgaris) phenology timing between historical data and current Project BudBurst citizen science data: challenges and lessons learned., Caleb Shaw, Sarah Newman, Sandra Henderson, Liz Goehring, and Tom Stohlgren

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Alaska Fisheries Science Center (NOAA AFSC)

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Effects of Pristane on Growth of Pink Salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha), Brielle D. Kemis and Bonita Nelson

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Nutritional Content of Rhinoceros Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata) Bill Loads, Dustin Taylor and Ron Heintz

National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Earth Systems Research Laboratory (NOAA ESRL)

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Tropical Wetlands as a Dominant Driver of Long-Term Atmospheric Methane Changes, Carrie Ann Sharitt and Ed Dlugokencky

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Laboratory Evaluation of Black Carbon Deposition onto Snow and Transport via Snowmelt, Larry D. Hermanson and Joshua P. Schwarz

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Kenyan Climate Variation Assessment through Rainfall Anomalies and Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Correlations, Kimberly E. Lykens

A Comparison of Carbon Dioxide and Methane Levels at Four Tower Sites Across the United States, Lacee Sherman, Ben R. Miller, and Gaby Petron

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The Power Plant Mapping Student Project, Kelsey Tayne and Tom Oda

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Investigation of Ozone in Urban and Rural Areas of California, Mia J. Hiles and David Parrish

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Solar Verification Project, Ariel Sitler and Christopher Clack

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NOAA NWFSC)

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A Genetic Survey of English Sole Populations in the Salish Sea, Elizabeth S. Gutierrez, Gary A. Winans, Jon Baker, and Amanda Cope

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Southwest Fisheries Science Center (NOAA SWFSC)

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Using High Throughput Genomic Sequencing to Predict Ecological Impacts on Sea Turtle Populations, Lesley Anderson

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Sea turtle hatchling sex ratios determined via hormone assay: implications of climate change?, William A. Hilton, Matthew Godfrey, and Camryn D. Allen