STAR Program

The STAR (STEM Teacher and Researcher) Program provides aspiring and early career K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) teachers paid summer research experiences at 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 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 STEM 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 presentations in poster and short-oral presentation formats illustrating the diverse fields of inquiry and depth of research projects engagement provided by our partner lab sites.

For more information visit: 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 multiple grants 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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National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Earth Systems Research Laboratory (NOAA ESRL)

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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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Diversity, distribution and dynamics of Larval Cephalopods off Northern California, AnaCena Zander and Eric P. Bjorkstedt

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Data Development and Analysis Pathways for Marine Mammals and Turtles: Creating a User Interface, Sarina Fernandez, Warren Asfazadour, Eric Archer, and Lisa Komoroske

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Effect of Short-Term Exposure to Low pH and Low Dissolved Oxygen on the Swimming Performance of Juvenile Rockfish, Erica L. Oberg and Eric P. Bjorkstedt

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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

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Evaluation of Anthropogenic Marine Debris and Sargassum fluitans and its Potential Impact on Sea Turtle Hatchlings at Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge, Christina MacMillan

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Sex Ratio Assessment Of Endangered Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Foraging Populations: Validation Of A Testosterone ELISA For Juvenile Sex Determination, William A. Hilton and Camryn D. Allen

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The Path To The Sea: Leatherback Hatchling Orientation at Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge, Christina MacMillan and Kelly Stewart

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Leatherback Hatchling Fitness, Violet Campbell, Shane Morales, and Kelly Stewart

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Big babies, big mammas?: Relationship of leatherback hatchling size and mother size, Shane Morales, Violet Campbell, and Kelly Stewart

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Creating a Package in R, Brit Schneiders and Eric Archer

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Size and Weight Changes of Leatherback Hatchlings Among Emergence Groups, Shane Morales and Kelly Stewart

National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO)

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Maximizing Precision of Variable Star Photometry with Digital Cameras in Suburban Environments, David Hergesheimer

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Light Pollution Research through Citizen Science, John Kanemoto

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LEDs and Astronomy, Britny N. Delp and Stephen M. Pompea

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

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Anisotropic Conductive Adhesives for Interdigitated Back Contact (IBC) Silicon Solar Cells, Katherine M. Lohmuste, Manuel Schnabel, and Maikel F.A.M. van Hest

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Looking Toward the Future: The Value of Geothermal Energy in the United States Power Market, Reilly R. Moran

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Determination of Inconel-625 corrosion rate in NaKMg-Cl molten salt via linear sweep voltammetry, Breanna Blackwell and Judith Vidal

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Chena Geothermal Area: A Low Temperature Case Study, Stephanie Dwyer and Katherine Young

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Characterization of s-SWCNT/PF-PD Dispersions and Networks, Tamara N. El-Hayek Ms., Jeffrey Blackburn, Andrew Ferguson, and Tammy Pheuphong

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Probing the Transport Properties of Chemically-Doped Single-Walled Carbon Nantotube Polymer Composites, Tammy Pheuphong, Tamara El-Hayek, Jeffrey Blackburn, and Andrew Ferguson

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Graphene Refinement by High Temperature Anneals, Benjamin A. Calvopina, Justin Bult, and Jeff Blackburn

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Investigation of Spillover Effect to Enhance Hydrogen Storage, Sarah C. Corrigan, Lin Simpson, and Thomas Gennett

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Technology Portal for Energy Efficient Buildings, Larry D. Hermanson, Daniel Studer, and Annie Mroz

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Classification of Multi-Domain Glycoside Hydrolases to Aid in the Enzymatic Production of Biofuels from Biomass, Emi Leonard, Gregg Beckham, Deanne Sammond, and Michael Crowley

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Optimization of ethylene bioproduction in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803, Derick M. Reid, Justin Ungerer, and Jianping Yu

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Characterization of Coke from the Catalytic Pyrolysis of Biomass, Kristen Ryan and Kristiina Lisa

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Evaluation of Hydrogen Storage in Metal Organic Frameworks by Bridged Hydrogen Spillover, Claudia V. Turcios, Thomas Gennett, Katherine Hurst, and Philip Parilla

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Performance Screening of Chemostat Adapted Recombinant Zymomonas mobilis Strains, Deirdre M. Beard and Nancy Dowe

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Rehabilitation of SRRL Aerosol Optical Depth Photometer Data, Elin Deeb, Daryl Myers, and Afshin Andreas

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Growth and Hydrogen Production of Rubrivivax gelatinosus CBS, Shannon A. Swanson and Karen Wawrousek

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Catalytic Upgrading of Pyrolysis Vapors, Caryn Burnett, Alexander Stanton, and Kristiina Iisa

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An Evaluation and Preliminary Update for the LBL Circumsolar Telescope, Elin Deeb and Daryl Myers

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Sulfur Characterization of Biochar, Shealyn Malone and Singfoong Cheah

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Identification of the Enzymes Responsible for the Detoxification of Furfural and 5-Hydroxymethyl-2-furalaldehyde in Zymomonas moblis, Joshua Myatt, Mary Ann Franden, and Min Zhang

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Determination of an Efficient Method for the Extraction of Xylan from Delignified Corn Stover Using Dimethyl Sulfoxide, John Rowley and Stuart Black

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

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UV-Vis Characterization of Aromatic Content in Bio-oil, Emily Bladorn and Asanga Padmaperuma

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Electric Field Performance Evaluation of the nEXO Detector, Tri Duong and Richard Saldanha

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Can we Detect Undeclared Facilities in the Nuclear Fuel Cycle using Mathematical Simulations?, Kassandra Guajardo, Lee Burke, and Romarie Morales Rosado

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ToF-SIMS Analysis of Plant Seed Interactions with Plant Growth-Promoting Bacteria, Tammy Pheuphong, Rachel Komorek, and Xiao-Ying Yu

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PNNL Dark Matter Bubble Chamber, Ryan Robinson

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Comparative Analysis of Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane (POSS) Using ToF-SIMS, Danielle Baur and Xiao-Ying Yu

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Bio-oil Characterization via UV-Vis Spectroscopy: Phenols and Aromatic content, Emily S. Bladorn, Asanga B. Padmaperuma, and Mariefel Olarte

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MinT-Net: Novel and Scalable Network-enabled Comparative Tools for Stress Studies of Microbiomes in Transition, Alexis Gomez, Arun Sathanur, and Mahantesh Halappanavar

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Development and implementation of an optimization model to improve airport security., Kassandra Guajardo, Angela Waterworth, and Robert Brigantic Ph.D.

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Using In Situ Liquid Single Photon Ionization Mass Spectrometry (SPI-MS) to Probe Lithium Polysulfide Electrolyte in Motion, Aala M. Al Hasan, Jiachao Yu, Juan Yao, Vijayakumar Murugesan, Manjula Nandasiri, and Xiao-Ying Yu

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Comparative Analysis of In situ Fibronectin Using ToF-SIMS, SPI-MS, and dropDESI-MS in a Microfluidic Reactor, Shannon Fasing, Xiao-Ying Yu, Juan Yao, and Jiachao Yu

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Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence Lifecycle Cost Modeling, Kassandra Guajardo, Angela Waterworth, and Aimee Holmes

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Density Functional Theory based Electrolyte Design Formulation for Lithium-Sulfur Batteries, Cynthia Ly, Carolyn Sturges, and Vijay Murugesan

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The Evaluation of the Response of American Eels to Rapid Decompression, Christina MacMillan, Alison Colotelo, John Stephenson, Briana Rhode, and Trevor Macduff

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Measurement and modeling of cosmic ray exposure for SuperCDMS dark matter detectors., Kameron McCall, John Orrell, and Jared Yamaoka

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Cyber Security training tools for the nuclear energy sector, VU A. PHAM

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Calculating the Energy Barriers Required to Join Metal-Organic Framework Synthesis Intermediates with Non-Equilibrium Molecular Simulation, Marcus A. Tubbs, David Cantu, Roger Rousseau, and Vassiliki-Alexandra Glezakou

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Weights and Balances: Integrating Models for Prevention and Response to Southern California Offshore Oil Spills, Carmen Watts Clayton and Amoret Bunn

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Design and Fabrication of Liquid Scintillator Counter, Andrea Calderon Saucedo and John L. Orrell

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Chemical Mixture Methodology (CMM): Using 15 Health Code Numbers, Kolyne S. De Jesus, Juan Yao, Clifford Glantz, and Xiao-Ying Yu

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Enhancing the Chemical Mixture Methodology: Incorporating 20 Health Code Numbers, Lauren Fletcher, Juan Yao, Cliff Glantz, and Xiao-Ying Yu

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An Interactive User Interface Improves Data Visualization in R, Nathan Sweem

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Calculating the Energy Barriers Required to Join Metal-Organic Framework Synthesis Intermediates with Non-Equilibrium Molecular Simulation, Marcus A. Tubbs, David Cantu, Roger Rousseau, and Vassiliki-Alexandra Glezakou

Calculating the Energy Barriers Required to Join Metal-Organic Framework Synthesis Intermediates with Non-Equilibrium Molecular Simulation, Marcus A. Tubbs, David Cantu, Roger Rousseau, and Vassiliki-Alexandria Glezakou

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The Effects of Electrolyte Chemical Composition, Concentration and pH on the Electrochemical Redox Reactions, Sea Choi and Xiao-Ying Yu

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The Chemical Mixture Methodology and Why We Enhance It, Erin Griffin

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Reading in Binary Data and Creating an R User Interface, Malika J. Onstad, Brett Amidan, and Kimberly Freeman

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XRF Analyses of PreHanford Orchards, Komal Rana

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Energy Surety for US Army Buildings in Afghanistan, Eric D. Reisweber

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Determining Force Field Parameters Involved with Metal Organic Framework Synthesis, Marcus A. Tubbs, David Cantu, and Vanda Glezakou

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Wind Speed and Seismic Motion Data Analysis, Margarita Vidrio

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Testing compounds as sole carbon sources of strains isolated from the Hot Lake phototrophic mat, Lyzbeth Becerra and Stephen Lindemann

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Verifying R code and visualizing Power Grid data: Signature Quality Metrics and GUI development, Emmanuel C. Herrera and Brett Amidan

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Lithic Analysis of Coyote Canyon Mammoth Site Sediments, Kaitlin M. Hill and George V. Last

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Fishing For Peptides, Kevin Nguyen, Heather Brewer, and Ljiljana Pasa-Tolic

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Investigating Graph Clustering For The Power Grid, Gabriela Radu and Emilie Hogan

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IO3- and I- Sorption from Groundwater by Layered Double Hydroxides, Abbey Rickelmann, Emily Campbell, Natasha Pence, Tatiana Levitskaia, Sayandev Chatterjee, and Frances Smith

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Molecular Modeling of Novel Fuel Cell Membranes, Tessa Brown and Ram Devanathan

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Further Development of the Chemical Mixture Methodology (CMM) Wizard, Sarah Horn, Cliff Glantz, Xiao-Ying Yu, and Alex Booth

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Improving the Efficiency of Homologous Gene Replacement by Disrupting Non-Homologous End Joining Pathway Gene KusA in the Oleaginous Fungus Mortierella alpina, Kathleen T. Krueger, Ziyu Dai Dr, Ugur Uzuner, and Scott E. Baker Dr

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Further Development in Nondestructive Methods to Gauge Life Expectancy in Ferromagnetic Components, David Millard, Pradeep Ramuhalli, and Jacob Fricke

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Using ETF Data to Monitor Systemic Risk, Melissa A. Siemer and Brett Amidan

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Steroids and SSRIs in Wastewater and EE2 Uptake in FHM, Elizabeth Ellen Wittenberg and Irvin R. Schultz

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Migrating the CMM Wizard to a Robust ASP.NET Format, Alexander E. Booth, Jeremy Rishel, Cliff Glantz, and Xiao Ying Yu

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Spectroscopic Properties of Lanthanide (III) Compounds in Aqueous and Ionic Media, Orissa A. Burghard, Sayandev Chatterjee, Zheming Wang, and Samuel A. Bryan

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Interspecies Comparison of αII-Spectrin Abundance Between Chinook Salmon and Steelhead, Brielle D. Kemis, Ann L. Miracle, Katie A. Wagner, and Christa M. Woodley

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Velo: A Knowledge Management Platform for Modeling and Simulation, Molly K. Kessie and Ian Gorton

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Modeling Non-destructive Methods to Gauge Life Expectancy in Ferromagnetic Metals, David Millard and Jeff Griffin

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Quantitative Characterization of Microstructure Features for 1st Generation Advanced High Strength Steels, Margarita Vidrio, Ellen Liu, Donsheng Li, Kyoo Sil Choi, and Xin Sun

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Enhancing Emergency Preparedness: The Chemical Mixture Methodology Wizard, Kimberly Schutte and Xiao-Ying Yu

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Acoustic Health Monitoring of Electronic Devices, Tim Smith and Morris Good

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Assessing Nuclear Proliferation by Using System Dynamics Modeling, Samuel V. Stafford and Alan Brothers

Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies (RTC)

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O1 haplotype diversity of the invasive colonial tunicate Didemnum vexillum in Drakes Estero and Bodega Bay, Cecilia Hernandez, C. Sarah Cohen, and Rachel Weinburg

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Testing for variation in Leptasterias spp. prey preference across different populations and microhabitats, Adam S. Tricomo and C. Sarah Cohen

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Growth Rate of Copepods in the San Francisco Bay, Brooke Bemowski, Wim Kimmerer, and Toni Ignoffo

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Abundance of Crabs and Predation on Hemigrapsis oregonensis in Tiscornia Marsh, San Francisco Bay, Alynn Hoffman, Julie Anne Gonzalez, Michelle Marraffini, and Andrew L. Chang

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Why Was There a Harmful Algal Bloom in 2015: The Relative Growth of Toxic and Non-toxic Diatoms as a Function of Temperature, Ariana M. Jensen, Meagan P. Beley-Finnemore, Christopher E. Ikeda, and William P. Cochlan

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Monitoring abundance of Carcinus maenas developmental stages in Seadrift Lagoon, Andrea M. Fieber

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Identification and Abundance of Jellyfish in the San Francisco Estuary, Carrie Fong

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Performance variation in Leptasterias spp. among populations and habitats, Caleb Shaw and Sarah Cohen