Presentation Title

The Importance and Creation of a Field Guide: Santa Catalina Island Marine Life Biodiversity

Faculty Mentor

Pablo Weaver

Start Date

17-11-2018 3:00 PM

End Date

17-11-2018 5:00 PM

Location

CREVELING 100

Session

POSTER 3

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

interdisciplinary

Abstract

Santa Catalina Island is an ecological hotspot and tourist destination located twenty-two miles off the coast of California. Catalina is a paradise for many that live and visit the seventy-six square mile island that is only accessible by boat, plane or helicopter. Despite being a popular tourist attraction, 88% of the island still remains uninhabited due to an effort to protect the rare and endangered species that reside there. Catalina is home to numerous unique marine species, many of which are endemic and limited in abundance and distribution. Unfortunately, there is no current field guide that thoroughly documents the diversity of marine species in the area. Field guides can be used to help with identification, document diversity, and assist in preserving the diversity of species. Creating a field guide involves a considerable amount of field work, which is comprised of the researcher going out into nature, observing and taking notes, drawing, and taking photos. For a field guide that is aquatic based, the researcher must scuba dive to accurately collect a large amount of data and photography is vital. In underwater photography, a researcher must be aware of flash, color, camera focus, and use equipment properly built to be successful underwater. From photographs, a drawing can be created to help emphasize certain field marks on each organism. Powerful images can help create a great field guide that is accessible for a variety of users from beginners to expert divers, as well as those interested in research. For this project, we created a marine field guide for Santa Catalina Island using photographs and drawings from scuba diving and research. The goal is to provide a snapshot of what Catalina’s marine life consists of right now in an effort to continue to protect what this gem of an island has to offer.

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The Importance and Creation of a Field Guide: Santa Catalina Island Marine Life Biodiversity

CREVELING 100

Santa Catalina Island is an ecological hotspot and tourist destination located twenty-two miles off the coast of California. Catalina is a paradise for many that live and visit the seventy-six square mile island that is only accessible by boat, plane or helicopter. Despite being a popular tourist attraction, 88% of the island still remains uninhabited due to an effort to protect the rare and endangered species that reside there. Catalina is home to numerous unique marine species, many of which are endemic and limited in abundance and distribution. Unfortunately, there is no current field guide that thoroughly documents the diversity of marine species in the area. Field guides can be used to help with identification, document diversity, and assist in preserving the diversity of species. Creating a field guide involves a considerable amount of field work, which is comprised of the researcher going out into nature, observing and taking notes, drawing, and taking photos. For a field guide that is aquatic based, the researcher must scuba dive to accurately collect a large amount of data and photography is vital. In underwater photography, a researcher must be aware of flash, color, camera focus, and use equipment properly built to be successful underwater. From photographs, a drawing can be created to help emphasize certain field marks on each organism. Powerful images can help create a great field guide that is accessible for a variety of users from beginners to expert divers, as well as those interested in research. For this project, we created a marine field guide for Santa Catalina Island using photographs and drawings from scuba diving and research. The goal is to provide a snapshot of what Catalina’s marine life consists of right now in an effort to continue to protect what this gem of an island has to offer.