Category Archives: Research Diving Report

The Health of Point Lobos State Underwater Reserve: Cause for Concern?

For a number of reasons mostly having to do with dive reports mentioning urchin barrens,¬† I have not been an enthusiastic diver of my perceived local underwater paradises, Monterey and Carmel Bays, over the last…

A Natural Response: Citizen Science and Change

By Patrick Behan January 2013: I circumnavigate the world aboard the MV Explorer on assignment as a documentary filmmaker. It is here that I met Dr. Ed Sobey, a bearded professor of oceanography with a…

Photos from the Belize Expedition

Click here to see photos from the trip.

Report #3: A Chain Gang in Belize

by Colin Drake A little over a week ago 18 conservation-minded divers made it to Belize. The past two articles on this site lay out what we did and what our goals were. My name…

Report #2: Sandy Sediment Collecting and the New Scientific Diver

One of my advisors during my graduate school days was Dr. Ken Cullings, who currently works for NASA as an ecologist. He also remains a good friend. When he heard about my trip to Belize…

Report #1: Turneffe Atoll Ocean Acidification Expedition

From Calabash Caye: The expedition team, composed of a committed group of citizen scientists, and sponsored in part by the Explorers Club, is now on day 3 of learning to identify and record climate change…

Onset of Sea Star Wasting Event in CenCal Being Tracked by UCSC

A mysterious wasting event of numerous species of sea stars is currently occurring in parts of Central California. Scientists at UC Santa Cruz have created a couple pages to track the event. They are encouraging¬†…

Pacific Grove, CA Chamber Needs Your Donations to Operate!

Via Phil Sammet, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary representative. ~~~~~~ Dear Fellow Divers; Brian and I want to report to you about the meeting that was attended this afternoon by your MBNMS rep. T he…

San Miquel Island Abalone

Back in 2006, some gov agencies, the Calif. Abalone Association, and some NGO’s cooperated in surveying red abalone at San Miquel Island in the Channel Islands of Southern California. It’s the only place in SoCal…

Deeper Learning

Nice article about University of Santa Cruz’s sci-diving program here.