Citizen Science Trip Details (trip descriptions in date order)

July 1-8, 2018 / Photographing the Sea of Cortez

 
July 1-8, 2018
Jonathan Lavan
Sea of Cortez / Midriff Islands
Photographing the Sea of Cortez
$2100 per person, quad occupancy
ABOUT THE TRIP
Jonathan Lavan is a wildlife expert, conservationist, award-winning photographer, environmental writer and educator.
 
Join Jonathan and the amazing crew of Quino El Guardian for a dive adventure of a lifetime!
 
Jonathan is on staff to help all budding citizen scientists identify what they are seeing both above and below the waterline. For new photographers, he will be able to help with questions and provide tips for better nature photography.
 
Daily animal ID classes will be held for those interested utilizing the photos that were taken that day.
 
Guests will enjoy his sense of humor and camaraderie as he shares his passion for all creatures great and small.
 
Join Jonathan in his quest for making a difference on this planet through photography and positive messaging.
 
You can view over 2,000 of Jonathan's nature images from all over the world at www.UnderPressurePhotog.com.
 
Click here to enjoy a short article and photos from Jonathan's trip on Quino el Guardian in August 2017!  
 
 

August 5 - 12, 2018 / New Dive Site Exploration Trip

August 5 - 12, 2018
Sea of Cortez / Midriff Islands
New Dive Site Exploration Trip
$2100 per person, quad occupancy
About the Trip

Are you adventurous? 

We've been going to the Sea of Cortez for years and our popular dive sites only scratch the surface of all that this dynamic body of water has to offer.

We've been itching to explore more and we are looking for 16 adventures souls to go with us.

We will only be diving uncharted dive sites.

This trip is best for advanced divers as we will be going places we haven't been before.

Come along, explore and help us find and name new dive sites!

September 9 - 21, 2018 / Wonders of the Sea of Cortez Pelagic & Reef Wildlife

September 9 - 21, 2018
Dr. Carlos Sanchez
Explore Baja / San Jose del Cabo to Puerto Penasco
Wonders of the Sea of Cortez Pelagic & Reef Wildlife
$3750 per person, quad occupancy
New Lower Price - only $3495 per person!
About the Trip

Join the amazing crew of the Quino El Guardian, Dr. Carlos Sanchez-Ortiz (UABCS) and cDr. Remy Gatyns (University California, Santa Cruz, top Ph.D. student in ecology and genetics of fishes) on one of the most inspiring dive adventures of your lifetime!

Baja is a unique area offering a prolific array of life with corals, invertebrates, fishes, whales and other mammals in unprecedented numbers.

Dr. Sanchez has extensive knowledge in most all animal species found in the Sea of Cortez and specializes in invertebrates, sea fans, gorgonians, and corals. One-third of the biodiversity of the Sea of Cortez is in corals. It is amazing how little is known about these animals. We need to learn more so that we can care for and conserve them.

Activities include

- Describing the individual species
- Census monitoring
- Establish the health of the reef
- Human impact study
- Climate impact study
- Collection of plankton and inspection under a microscope (where the food chain begins)

Dr. Sanchez provides indepth knowledge of the area mammals such as whales, dolphins and sea lions as well as whale sharks.

Enjoy daily research projects and presentations to help answer these questions and more:

- How many and what species are in the Gulf of California?
- How many of them are new to Science & how do we describe a new species?
- How the climate change or human impacts are affecting the reefs biodiversity?
- How Taxonomy can save Biodiversity?
- How healthy are the reefs of the Gulf of California?

Research goals include but are not limited to:

- Invertebrates (sponge, corals and echinoderm) taxonomy to understand their biodiversity
- Invertebrates inventorying to determine their diversity
- Invertebrates and fish tissue sampling to examine their large-scale connectivity through genetics
- Invertebrates and fish monitoring to evaluate the health status of the reef ecosystem
- Assessing the economic value of the reef ecosystem conservation.

Take part in as much or as little as you like!

Additional and supporting information can be found here:

http://datamares.ucsd.edu/eng/ - excellent source of scientific information presented in layman terms

Facebook: PFA UABCS

CLICK HERE for photos in our Gallery

September 23 - October 5, 2018 / Wonders of the Sea of Cortez Pelagic & Reef Wildlife

September 23 - October 5, 2018
Explore Baja / Puerto Penasco to La Paz
Wonders of the Sea of Cortez Pelagic & Reef Wildlife
Dr. Francisco Solis A Marin
$3750 per person, quad occupancy
New Lower Price - only $3495 per person!
About the Trip

You will never look at Sea Stars and Sea Cucumbers the same again!

Dr. Francisco Alonso Solís Marín is a research Specialist in Echinoderms (Sea stars, Sea cucumbers, Sea Urchins, Sea Lilies and Allies) and Taxonomists. He is Chief Curator of the Echinoderm National Collection, Institute of Marine Sciences and Limnology Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He has extensive knowledge in echinoderm species found in the Sea of Cortez and specializes in their systematics.

He is currently director of the Research Program for exploring and listing Echinoderm Biodiversity in Mexico, developing studies on:

A) Biodiversity in different ecosystems (Marine and Anchialine Caves) and description of new species

B) Ecology of Echinoderm communities

C) Evaluation of the health status of the principal heavily exploited Echinoderm communities in the Sea of Cortez

This unique trip will help to answer many questions including:

- How did the Echinoderm Taxonomy Studies of the Gulf of California begin?

- Why the Echinoderm diversity and unique species composition in the Sea of Cortez?

- What to do when we discover a new species?

- Why is exploring marine biodiversity still a big task to complete?

As an expert in Echinoderms, Dr. Francisco Solis will take you on a journey of taxonomy and evolutionary discovery, talking on shocking new discoveries about Echinoderms – you will never see Sea Stars and Sea Cucumbers the same again!

He will discuss how the biodiversity of Echinoderms in the Sea of Cortez is still reveling new species. Dr. Solís will share his knowledge on Echinoderm Taxonomy and Biology and how to describe new species.

The principal goal of the expedition will be to explore and document the Echinoderm diversity of the Gulf of California in its different habitats.

Activities include:

- Collect and prepare an echinoderm specimen for its use in a Natural History Collection

- Echinoderm tissue sampling to examine their large-scale connectivity through genetics

- Describing an individual species, inspection under a microscope to reveal the use of Echinoderm’s microstructures to reveal the name of the species

- Echinoderm inventorying to determine their diversity

- Document Sea Star behavior

- Collection of Echinoderm larvae in the plankton

Joining Dr. Solis will be Yuri Hooker from the Peru (Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heridia, Departamento de Ciencias Biológicas y Fisiológicas, Lima, Peru)

CLICK HERE for photos in our Gallery

November 6 - 16, 2018 / Ultrasounding Pregnant Whale Sharks and Manta Rays

November 6 - 15, 2018
Socorro
Dr. Deni Ramirez Macias
Ultrasounding Pregnant Whale Sharks and Manta Rays
$3300 per person, quad occupancy
 About the Trip

Join the amazing crew of the Quino El Guardian, Dr. Deni Ramirez Macias and world renown photographers, Erick Higuera and Hayes Baxley as we attempt to ultrasound pregnant Whale Sharks and Manta Rays in the Archipielago de Revillagigedo!

The Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus) and the Giant Manta Ray (Manta birostris) are filter feeder elasmobranchs. In some countries these species constitute a fishing resource while in other countries they are more valuable as an opportunity to attract tourism. Therefore, the sustainable exploitation of these species depends greatly on the knowledge of their populations. This knowledge is extremely limited.

Both species are especially vulnerable due to their biological characteristics as they are slow growing, late to reach sexual maturity and are found in small populations. All of this is why these species are recognized by the IUCN Red List for the Conservation of Nature.

In the Archipielago of Revillagigedo, we can find giant Manta Rays and Whale Sharks which enable Dr. Dení Ramírez Macias and Marine Biologist Erick Higuera an opportunity to study these charismatic giants. Their studies have focused on demonstrating the presence of pregnant females in both species. This in turn demonstrates that this is a critical habitat for these elasmobranchs and require a top priority for its conservation.

Our expedition will be focused on obtaining an ultrasound in females of both species to corroborate that they are pregnant and to evaluate the degree of the embryonic development. This information will be used to help corroborate the theory that these waters are necessary for reproduction and to strengthen the protection of habitat for the conservation of the species.

SPECIAL NOTE:  We did this same trip December 1-10, 2017 and we were able to  ultrasound a pregnant Manta ray.  This is the very first in scientific history to successfully ultrasound a pregnant Manta ray in the open ocean!

Our goal is to use the regular itinerary for diving in Socorro knowing that we will be open to using any opportunity that presents itself to ultrasound Whale Sharks and Mantas.

Additional information on this research can be found at www.WhaleSharkMexico.com.

November 16 - 25, 2018 / Shark Research

November 16 - 25, 2018
Dr. James Ketchum
Socorro Islands
Shark Research 
$3300 per person, quad occupancy

Below is the general itinerary of our Citizen Science Shark Expeditions. Conditions may require changes to the itinerary. This is over and above our regular Socorro itinerary. Divers can participate as much or as little as they like.

SHARK & MANTA RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION IN THE REVILLAGIGEDO ARCHIPELAGO

Learn to study and conserve sharks and Mantas in our scientific expeditions to the most remote and pristine islands of Mexico

Shark and Manta Movement and Count

OVERVIEW & SIGNIFICANCE

Join us as a member of our scientific expeditions to the Revillagigedo Archipelago. You will scuba dive and help study shark and Manta movements in one of their last refuges in the Pacific Ocean. Such information is not completely known, however, it is critical to effectively manage and conserve the mega-fauna of this spectacular chain of islands.

HIGHLIGHTS

Learn to tag sharks and Mantas; learn to take skin samples from sharks and Mantas; assist scientists in the censusing and behavioral studies of sharks and Mantas; learn how to photo-ID sharks and Mantas; learn about shark biology and ecology; scuba dive in deep-blue water surrounded by abundant mega-fauna.

SCIENTIFIC QUESTIONS

How do they move?
Where do they go?
When do they move?
How many and what species are there?

GOALS

1. Shark and Manta tagging and telemetry to understand their movements and migratory patterns.
2. Shark and Manta ID and underwater censusing to determine their abundance and diversity.
3. Shark and Manta skin tissue sampling to examine their large-scale connectivity using genetics.
4. Shark video footage with BRUVS to determine their abundance and diversity, and to examine their behavior

ITINERARY

DAY 1

Arrive San Benedicto. Begin training on shark and Manta tagging and telemetry techniques as well as censusing. Assist researchers in deploying baited remote underwater video systems (BRUVS) for shark ID and behavior study. Capture and tag Silvertip shark pups. Capture data on spreadsheets. Attend researcher presentation.

Dives:
1. Training dive to ID and observe sharks at ‘Canyon’.
2. Tagging of sharks underwater and deploy BRUVS.

Capture of sharks:
- Capture silvertip shark pups with hook and line off the stern of the boat at dusk.

Presentations:
- Shark basic biology and ID of shark species at Revillagigedo
- Submersible expedition to the depths of Revillagigedo

DAY 2

Continue shark and Manta tagging and censusing at San Benedicto. Assist researchers in deploying baited remote underwater video systems (BRUVS) for shark ID and behavior study. Capture and tag adult Silky sharks. Capture data on spreadsheets. Attend researcher presentation.

Dives:
1. Deploy BRUVS and perform training dive to ID, measure and observe giant Mantas at ‘El Boiler’.
2. Perform first censusing of Mantas at ‘El Boiler’.
3. Recover BRUVS and continue censusing and observing Mantas.

Capture of sharks:
- Capture adult silky sharks with hook and line off the stern of the boat before dawn and after dusk.

Presentation:
- Manta behavior and ecology

DAY 3

Training on shark and Manta photo-identification. Continue shark and Manta tagging censusing at Roca Partida. Photo-ID of Whitetip reef sharks. Assist researchers in deploying baited remote underwater video systems (BRUVS) for shark ID and behavior study. Capture data on spreadsheets. Attend researcher presentation.

Dives:
1. Deploy BRUVS, census, measure and observe sharks at Roca Partida. Photo-ID Whitetip reef sharks
2. Continue censusing and observing sharks. Continue with the photo-ID of Whitetip reef sharks
3. Recover BRUVS and continue censusing and observing sharks. Continue with the photo-ID of Whitetip reef sharks

Capture of sharks:
- Capture sharks with hook and line off the stern of the boat early in the morning and late in the afternoon at canyon.

Presentation:
- Shark behavior and ecology

DAY 4

Continue shark and Manta tagging and censusing, and Photo-ID of whitetip reef sharks at Roca Partida. Collect skin tissue samples from Silky sharks. Assist researchers in deploying baited remote underwater video systems (BRUVS) for shark ID and behavior study. Capture data on spreadsheets. Attend researcher presentation.

Dives:
1. Deploy BRUVS, census, measure and observe sharks at Roca Partida.
2. Continue censusing and observing sharks.
3. Recover BRUVS and continue censusing and observing sharks.

Tissue sampling:
- Attract large Silky sharks with chum and bait to the stern of the boat in the evening to collect skin tissue samples using a biopsy sampler.

Presentation:
- Shark and Manta conservation

DAY 5

Continue shark and Manta tagging and censusing at Socorro. Capture and tag Galapagos sharks. Assist researchers in deploying baited remote underwater video systems (BRUVS) for shark ID and behavior study. Capture data on spreadsheets. Attend participants’ presentations.

Dives:
1. Deploy BRUVS, census, and measure and observe sharks at ‘Cabo Pearce’.
2. Recover BRUVS and continue censusing and observing sharks at ‘Cabo Pearce’.
3. Continue censusing and observing sharks at ‘Punta Tosca’.

Capture of sharks:
- Capture Galapagos sharks with hook and line off the stern of the boat in the evening.

Participant presentations:
- Abundance of sharks and Mantas, main results (team of 4 people)
- Movements of sharks and Mantas, main results (team of 4 people)
- Diversity of sharks, main results (team of 4 people)
- Conservation issues, problems and solutions (team of 4 people)

DAY 6

Continue shark and Manta tagging and censusing at San Benedicto. Photo-ID of Whitetip reef sharks. Assist researchers in deploying baited remote underwater video systems (BRUVS) for shark ID and behavior study. Capture data on spreadsheets. Farewell dinner.

Dives:
1. Deploy BRUVS, census, and measure and observe sharks at ‘Canyon’.
2. Continue censusing and observing sharks.
3. Recover BRUVS and continue censusing and observing sharks.

Capture of sharks:
- Capture sharks with hook and line off the stern of the boat early in the morning and late in the afternoon.

DAY 7

Return to San Jose del Cabo

SCIENTIFIC TEAM

Dr. James Ketchum, co-lead
Dr. Mauricio Hoyos, co-lead
Dr. Robert Rubin, associate researcher
Dr. Yannis Papastamatiou, associate researcher
Dr. Darcy Bradley, associate researcher
Dr. Alex Hearn, associate researcher
M.Sc. Frida Lara, student researcher
M.Sc. Alejandro Aldana, student researcher
M.Sc. Tania Pelamatti, student researcher

 

ABOUT PELAGIOS KAKUNJA

Pelagios means "open sea" in Greek and Kakunja means "protect" in the guaycura language. It is a non-profit organization, created in 2010 by Mexican researchers and scientists. It focuses on the research of shark species and other open water organisms, in order to generate information for regional management and the implementation of conservation strategies.

Overview

We believe that through the protection and conservation of underwater islands and mountains in the open sea it is possible to promote the return of top predators and the recovery of pelagic fish assemblages. Imagine a future with a sustainable sea where conservation based on science is a fundamental part.

Mission

Know, educate and conserve for a sustainable sea.

CLICK HERE for photos in our Gallery

November 26 - December 5, 2018 / Manta Research

November 26 - December 5, 2018
Dr. Robert Rubin
Socorro
Manta Research
$3300 per person, quad occupancy
About the Trip

Join the amazing crew of Quino El Guardian and Dr. Robert Rubin on one of the most inspiring dive adventures of your lifetime!

The primary work will be placing tags on mantas, getting photo identification images and sex/size ratios and collecting and replacing receivers. Dr. Rubin also involves divers on cleaning station observations and plankton ID and manta feeding at the lava field if the water is calm. Tissue sampling is also possible to obtain DNA for later lab use and to establish kinship relationships.

Daily presentations include the evolution of sharks and rays, past photo ID work to show manta movement, manta feeding, sex and reproduction, conservation, and cleaning symbiosis and interaction with other animals.

Take part as much or as little as you like!

About Dr. Robert Rubin

Bob has a Ph.D. degree in physiological ecology and is presently on the faculty of Santa Rosa College where he teaches courses in marine biology and human anatomy. He has been teaching for several decades, and has conducted field and laboratory research on the ecology and physiology of such diverse groups as fish eating bats, elephants, hooded and harp seals, sea birds, desert dwelling rodents and, for the past twenty-five years, on manta rays in the sub tropical Pacific and Indian Oceans.

He has received numerous awards including “The California College and University Professor of the Year”. His research on manta rays has been the subject of media productions for NOVA, Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, World of Wonder, BBC, Animal Planet, Blue Realm, and most recently as a TEDx invited presentation.

Download the flyer here:   Citizen_Science_Rubin_Nov2018

CLICK HERE for photos in our Gallery

December 7 - 16, 2018 / Shark Research

December 7 - 16, 2018
Dr. Mauricio Hoyas
Socorro Islands
Shark Research 
$3300 per person, quad occupancy

Below is the general itinerary of our Citizen Science Shark Expeditions. Conditions may require changes to the itinerary. This is over and above our regular Socorro itinerary. Divers can participate as much or as little as they like.

SHARK & MANTA RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION IN THE REVILLAGIGEDO ARCHIPELAGO

Learn to study and conserve sharks and Mantas in our scientific expeditions to the most remote and pristine islands of Mexico

Shark and Manta Movement and Count

OVERVIEW & SIGNIFICANCE

Join us as a member of our scientific expeditions to the Revillagigedo Archipelago. You will scuba dive and help study shark and Manta movements in one of their last refuges in the Pacific Ocean. Such information is not completely known, however, it is critical to effectively manage and conserve the mega-fauna of this spectacular chain of islands.

HIGHLIGHTS

Learn to tag sharks and Mantas; learn to take skin samples from sharks and Mantas; assist scientists in the censusing and behavioral studies of sharks and Mantas; learn how to photo-ID sharks and Mantas; learn about shark biology and ecology; scuba dive in deep-blue water surrounded by abundant mega-fauna.

SCIENTIFIC QUESTIONS

How do they move?
Where do they go?
When do they move?
How many and what species are there?

GOALS

1. Shark and Manta tagging and telemetry to understand their movements and migratory patterns.
2. Shark and Manta ID and underwater censusing to determine their abundance and diversity.
3. Shark and Manta skin tissue sampling to examine their large-scale connectivity using genetics.
4. Shark video footage with BRUVS to determine their abundance and diversity, and to examine their behavior

ITINERARY

DAY 1

Arrive San Benedicto. Begin training on shark and Manta tagging and telemetry techniques as well as censusing. Assist researchers in deploying baited remote underwater video systems (BRUVS) for shark ID and behavior study. Capture and tag Silvertip shark pups. Capture data on spreadsheets. Attend researcher presentation.

Dives:
1. Training dive to ID and observe sharks at ‘Canyon’.
2. Tagging of sharks underwater and deploy BRUVS.

Capture of sharks:
- Capture silvertip shark pups with hook and line off the stern of the boat at dusk.

Presentations:
- Shark basic biology and ID of shark species at Revillagigedo
- Submersible expedition to the depths of Revillagigedo

DAY 2

Continue shark and Manta tagging and censusing at San Benedicto. Assist researchers in deploying baited remote underwater video systems (BRUVS) for shark ID and behavior study. Capture and tag adult Silky sharks. Capture data on spreadsheets. Attend researcher presentation.

Dives:
1. Deploy BRUVS and perform training dive to ID, measure and observe giant Mantas at ‘El Boiler’.
2. Perform first censusing of Mantas at ‘El Boiler’.
3. Recover BRUVS and continue censusing and observing Mantas.

Capture of sharks:
- Capture adult silky sharks with hook and line off the stern of the boat before dawn and after dusk.

Presentation:
- Manta behavior and ecology

DAY 3

Training on shark and Manta photo-identification. Continue shark and Manta tagging censusing at Roca Partida. Photo-ID of Whitetip reef sharks. Assist researchers in deploying baited remote underwater video systems (BRUVS) for shark ID and behavior study. Capture data on spreadsheets. Attend researcher presentation.

Dives:
1. Deploy BRUVS, census, measure and observe sharks at Roca Partida. Photo-ID Whitetip reef sharks
2. Continue censusing and observing sharks. Continue with the photo-ID of Whitetip reef sharks
3. Recover BRUVS and continue censusing and observing sharks. Continue with the photo-ID of Whitetip reef sharks

Capture of sharks:
- Capture sharks with hook and line off the stern of the boat early in the morning and late in the afternoon at canyon.

Presentation:
- Shark behavior and ecology

DAY 4

Continue shark and Manta tagging and censusing, and Photo-ID of whitetip reef sharks at Roca Partida. Collect skin tissue samples from Silky sharks. Assist researchers in deploying baited remote underwater video systems (BRUVS) for shark ID and behavior study. Capture data on spreadsheets. Attend researcher presentation.

Dives:
1. Deploy BRUVS, census, measure and observe sharks at Roca Partida.
2. Continue censusing and observing sharks.
3. Recover BRUVS and continue censusing and observing sharks.

Tissue sampling:
- Attract large Silky sharks with chum and bait to the stern of the boat in the evening to collect skin tissue samples using a biopsy sampler.

Presentation:
- Shark and Manta conservation

DAY 5

Continue shark and Manta tagging and censusing at Socorro. Capture and tag Galapagos sharks. Assist researchers in deploying baited remote underwater video systems (BRUVS) for shark ID and behavior study. Capture data on spreadsheets. Attend participants’ presentations.

Dives:
1. Deploy BRUVS, census, and measure and observe sharks at ‘Cabo Pearce’.
2. Recover BRUVS and continue censusing and observing sharks at ‘Cabo Pearce’.
3. Continue censusing and observing sharks at ‘Punta Tosca’.

Capture of sharks:
- Capture Galapagos sharks with hook and line off the stern of the boat in the evening.

Participant presentations:
- Abundance of sharks and Mantas, main results (team of 4 people)
- Movements of sharks and Mantas, main results (team of 4 people)
- Diversity of sharks, main results (team of 4 people)
- Conservation issues, problems and solutions (team of 4 people)

DAY 6

Continue shark and Manta tagging and censusing at San Benedicto. Photo-ID of Whitetip reef sharks. Assist researchers in deploying baited remote underwater video systems (BRUVS) for shark ID and behavior study. Capture data on spreadsheets. Farewell dinner.

Dives:
1. Deploy BRUVS, census, and measure and observe sharks at ‘Canyon’.
2. Continue censusing and observing sharks.
3. Recover BRUVS and continue censusing and observing sharks.

Capture of sharks:
- Capture sharks with hook and line off the stern of the boat early in the morning and late in the afternoon.

DAY 7

Return to San Jose del Cabo

SCIENTIFIC TEAM

Dr. James Ketchum, co-lead
Dr. Mauricio Hoyos, co-lead
Dr. Robert Rubin, associate researcher
Dr. Yannis Papastamatiou, associate researcher
Dr. Darcy Bradley, associate researcher
Dr. Alex Hearn, associate researcher
M.Sc. Frida Lara, student researcher
M.Sc. Alejandro Aldana, student researcher
M.Sc. Tania Pelamatti, student researcher

 

ABOUT PELAGIOS KAKUNJA

Pelagios means "open sea" in Greek and Kakunja means "protect" in the guaycura language. It is a non-profit organization, created in 2010 by Mexican researchers and scientists. It focuses on the research of shark species and other open water organisms, in order to generate information for regional management and the implementation of conservation strategies.

Overview

We believe that through the protection and conservation of underwater islands and mountains in the open sea it is possible to promote the return of top predators and the recovery of pelagic fish assemblages. Imagine a future with a sustainable sea where conservation based on science is a fundamental part.

Mission

Know, educate and conserve for a sustainable sea.

CLICK HERE for photos in our Gallery

November 14 - 23, 2019 / Manta Research

November 14 - 23, 2019
Dr. Robert Rubin
Socorro
Manta Research
$3300 per person, quad occupancy
About the Trip

Join the amazing crew of Quino El Guardian and Dr. Robert Rubin on one of the most inspiring dive adventures of your lifetime!

The primary work will be placing tags on mantas, getting photo identification images and sex/size ratios and collecting and replacing receivers. Dr. Rubin also involves divers on cleaning station observations and plankton ID and manta feeding at the lava field if the water is calm. Tissue sampling is also possible to obtain DNA for later lab use and to establish kinship relationships.

Daily presentations include the evolution of sharks and rays, past photo ID work to show manta movement, manta feeding, sex and reproduction, conservation, and cleaning symbiosis and interaction with other animals.

Take part as much or as little as you like!

About Dr. Robert Rubin

Bob has a Ph.D. degree in physiological ecology and is presently on the faculty of Santa Rosa College where he teaches courses in marine biology and human anatomy. He has been teaching for several decades, and has conducted field and laboratory research on the ecology and physiology of such diverse groups as fish eating bats, elephants, hooded and harp seals, sea birds, desert dwelling rodents and, for the past twenty-five years, on manta rays in the sub tropical Pacific and Indian Oceans.

He has received numerous awards including “The California College and University Professor of the Year”. His research on manta rays has been the subject of media productions for NOVA, Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, World of Wonder, BBC, Animal Planet, Blue Realm, and most recently as a TEDx invited presentation.

Download the flyer here:   Citizen_Science_Rubin_Nov2018

CLICK HERE for photos in our Gallery