After an hugely successful Spring coastal eDNA bioblitz <http://www.ucedna.com/blog/2017/5/9/coastal-caledna-bioblitz-team-dawson-labs-experience> the teams from Humboldt U, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, UC Merced, CalPoly + UCNRS, CSU Channel Islands, UC Los Angeles, CSU Los Angeles, & UC San Diego headed to California's shores again to repeat eDNA sampling between 30 Nov - 17 Dec.
We again sampled sites covering the latitudinal extent and biogeographic changes of California’s diverse coastal marine, estuarine, and terrestrial biota. We bumped into a SCUBA Search & Rescue team practice at Gaviota State Park, helped return a passport lost at Van Damme State Park so it’s owner could head back to Spain, and re-visited the invaluable UC Natural Reserves at Cambria <http://www.ucnrs.org/reserves/kenneth-s-norris-rancho-marino-reserve.html> and Bodega <http://www.ucnrs.org/reserves/bodega-marine-reserve.html>. At Bodega, we also spent time chatting with Jackie Sones about sea stars, recovery from wasting disease, and finding and identifying millimeter-sized new recruits along tens of kilometers of coastline. It might seem like an impossible task, but keen eyes and commitment yield amazing results … which you can see below and also read about on Jackie’s outstanding blog The Natural History of Bodega Head <http://bodegahead.blogspot.com/> see <http://bodegahead.blogspot.com/2017/12/another-little-one.html> and <http://bodegahead.blogspot.com/2017/12/little-ones.html>.
All the eDNA samples are now on the way to UCLA for analyses!