Summer Field Lectures


Wayne Lanier, PhD, will be giving “Field Lectures” in Salt Marsh Microbial Ecology this summer at both Environmental Education Centers of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Please see SUMMER ACTIVITIES – pages 10-13, of Tideline Newsletter for the Summer 2009 schedule.


Field Lectures” combine a brief lecture, a hike in the salt marsh, and field microscopy during the hike where everyone gets to see the salt marsh microbes. For those who love “homework”, you can read up on Cyanobacterial Mats; Diatomaceous Mats; Bridge at the End of Boardwalk; and Walking the Salt.

Two Field Lectures through the NEW Visitor Center, Fremont, are Life at the Bottom of the Food Chain: On Saturday, June 27 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM; and, Sunday, August 16th 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Call 510-745-8695 for reservations. Here we will explore the dynamics of microbial communities in LaRiviere Marsh ponds. There will be a brief presentation in the Visitor Center; then a microscope hike to LaRiviere Marsh.

Two Field Lectures through the Alviso Environmental Education Center are:

[1] Monster Bacteria & Other Suspicious Critters. Wednesday, July 15 1:30PM-3:30PM [meet at the Learning Center]; and, [2] Exploring the Weep, Saturday, August 8th, 10:00AM – 1:00PM [meet at Alviso Marina County Park]. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED, Call Debra at 408-262-5513 ext. 102.

Monster bacteria explores the salt marsh’s hidden habitats in the New Chicago Salt Marsh, along the Environmental Education Center boardwalk. See Monster bacteria, some of whom like “rotten egg smell”, and some of whom make the air we breathe. This is an easy hike.

Exploring the Weep leaves from Alviso Marina County Park and will go by bicycle or by foot [somewhat slower] to the Weep Site to study microbial communities. The Weep is a shallow persistent pond fed by seepage. Over the course of a year, it undergoes very wide swings in salinity. The result is a uniquely rich microbial community of microbes. Boots are recommended.

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