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High Tech High San Diego Bay Study
Video courtesy of High Tech High School
San Diego Bay Study
Over the course of eight years, the High Tech High San Diego Bay Study has introduced over 400 high school juniors to original research in ecological assessment and engagement in writing and reflection regarding their urban ecology. Biologists from the Southwest Division of the United States Navy contacted Dr. Jay Vavra, a biology teacher at High Tech High to do a pilot study for a future large scale ecological survey of the Bay.
One of the goals of the project was that this would be a developmental study for a semiannual survey of San Diego Bay in cooperation with the Navy and the outcomes would be shared with the Invasive Species Management Plan. By conducting these surveys students and collaborating scientists could prevent and slow the spread of invasive species through early detection, rapid response, and hopefully eradication. Ultimately this work can help to reduce the effects of bioinvasions on human health, the economy, and the oceans.
Students focused on benthic marine invertebrates for their study. Student teams were charged with collecting and analyzing different taxanomic groups and strove to identify all species within their assigned taxa. They also collected samples for DNA barcoding work done in their lab.
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Bay Study and EOL
Students in the High Tech High San Diego Bay Study are uploading species DNA barcode sequences to GenBank and Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD), both Encyclopedia of Life content partners. DNA Barcoding uses a short DNA sequence to create a "barcode" to help identify a species.The DNA barcodes, many of them first time sequences, will be served on EOL species pages. In addition, species images from the study are being contributed to EOL.
Check out an EOL Field Guide of some invasive and native species found in the San Diego Bay as part of a The High Tech High San Diego Bay Study.
California aglaja (Navanax inermis)
Photographed during a low Spring tide along the NTC Boat Channel in San Diego Bay as part of the High Tech High San Diego Bay Study (www.sdbayguide.com).