Presentation Title

The Patterns of Flotsam

Faculty Mentor

Rhea Presiado

Start Date

17-11-2018 12:30 PM

End Date

17-11-2018 2:30 PM

Location

HARBESON 20

Session

POSTER 2

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

biological_agricultural_sciences

Abstract

Beaches all around the world experience flotsam getting washed up onto their shore from different areas of the ocean. Flotsam can include different types of kelp, beach wrack, and plenty of materials that have found their way to the ocean through human impact. Human pollution that enters the ocean, including plastic, foam, and other foreign objects creates unnatural wrack which can affect any sort of beach wrack that washes up on shore. Beach wrack is home to so many small marine critters including kelp flies (Diptera), beach hoppers (Amphipods),roly polies (Isopods), and other smaller animals (Explore Beaches, UCSB). All of these little animals’ homes are being endangered because of human impact varying from plastic to home invasion of beach raking, which is a a big machine that rakes and sifts through the sand and removes the beach wrack, flotsam, and trash. Due to the various amounts of flotsam found on beaches around the world, we are tracking the distribution of flotsam/beach wrack on Big Fisherman’s Cove on Santa Catalina Island, California. We are hypothesizing that macrocystis pyrifera, also identified as giant kelp, will be the most common type of flotsam that we encounter during our research.

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The Patterns of Flotsam

HARBESON 20

Beaches all around the world experience flotsam getting washed up onto their shore from different areas of the ocean. Flotsam can include different types of kelp, beach wrack, and plenty of materials that have found their way to the ocean through human impact. Human pollution that enters the ocean, including plastic, foam, and other foreign objects creates unnatural wrack which can affect any sort of beach wrack that washes up on shore. Beach wrack is home to so many small marine critters including kelp flies (Diptera), beach hoppers (Amphipods),roly polies (Isopods), and other smaller animals (Explore Beaches, UCSB). All of these little animals’ homes are being endangered because of human impact varying from plastic to home invasion of beach raking, which is a a big machine that rakes and sifts through the sand and removes the beach wrack, flotsam, and trash. Due to the various amounts of flotsam found on beaches around the world, we are tracking the distribution of flotsam/beach wrack on Big Fisherman’s Cove on Santa Catalina Island, California. We are hypothesizing that macrocystis pyrifera, also identified as giant kelp, will be the most common type of flotsam that we encounter during our research.