Romberg Tiburon Center signs partnership with Smithsonian
On June 8, SF State President Leslie Wong and the Smithsonian Institute’s Under Secretary for Science Eva Pell formalized an agreement to work more closely together. The new alliance will yield greater educational opportunities for students and advance coastal research, using San Francisco Bay as one key site.
Together, SF State and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) engage in research to understand the rich biodiversity found in coastal and estuary ecosystems. The agreement is expected to lead to collaborative and complementary environmental research, professional training of environmental scientists and natural resource managers, public education and outreach, and improved management and stewardship of the local environment.
"This partnership cements an already strong relationship between SERC and SF State. We are looking forward to integrating our extensive Bay monitoring efforts into the SERC plan for making San Francisco Bay one of their long-term monitoring sites," said Professor of Geosciences and Romberg Tiburon Center Director Toby Garfield. "Becoming part of a global network of estuaries monitored for ecological changes will provide many exciting opportunities for our students and faculty."
The Romberg Tiburon Center is the only academic research facility located on the San Francisco Bay. Situated on the channel between the freshwater of the Sacramento and San Joaquin River Delta and the Pacific Ocean, RTC's location is an ideal setting for its scientists and students to conduct their research, much of which focuses on understanding the natural forces at work in the San Francisco Bay and its surrounding wetland environments. RTC research scientists are also studying natural phenomena in the open ocean along California's coastline and in remote locations such as the Ross Sea (Antarctica), the Amazon River and the Equatorial Pacific.
The Smithsonian Institute for Environmental Research is a national leader in studying environmental interactions and ecological change at the land-sea margin. SERC conducts research in many estuaries throughout the world, including its sustained research program on biological invasions in San Francisco Bay for the past 14 years.
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