Life aboard the Searcher

By Paula Ezcurra Our 14-day island biogeography expedition in the southern Gulf of California took place aboard the Searcher. For these two weeks, 25 scientists and six crew members lived, ate, slept, and worked from the ship. As with all field work, conducting research while at sea requires a scientist to adapt to their surroundings. […]

Studying island biogeography: an interdisciplinary research experience

By Paula Ezcurra   Island biogeography examines the relationship between islands in a given region, finding similarities and differences in the flora and fauna of each. This information helps us understand the biodiversity of specific communities, and the evolutionary history of a region. Exploring, surveying, and sampling the biota of several islands is no easy […]

Diversity among the islands of the Gulf of California

By Paula Ezcurra Not all islands are created equal The Gulf of California extends 1,070km along a northwest-southeast axis between the Baja California Peninsula and mainland Mexico. Dotting the waters are over 100 islands and smaller islets that can be divided into three broad categories: the northern islands, the central midriff islands, and the southern […]

GCMP Field Trip

By Erica Ferrer As many readers already know, small-scale fisheries (SSFs) are simply Too Big to Ignore, greatly contributing to seafood security around the world. In Mexico, for example, we know that SSFs comprise an industry valued at ~4.25-million dollars a year, producing 420,000 tons of fish annually, nearly 35% of all of Mexico’s fishery […]

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