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Survey Slug Program

Survey Slugs is an early career field research experience for undergraduate students and is part of the Long Marine Lab Stranding Program.  The mission of the Survey Slug program is to collect data about stranded marine mammal carcasses and marine debris in Santa Cruz and Monterey County.  These data are being used to understand two key questions: 1) how does the reporting of stranded animals differ from actual strandings temporally and geographically throughout the Monterey Bay and 2) what are the types, amounts, and temporal and geographic patterns of marine debris on Monterey Bay beaches?

Teams of undergraduate students lead by Long Marine Lab Stranding volunteers, survey 8 beaches in Santa Cruz and Monterey County each month.  These surveys provide opportunities for undergraduate students to experience real data collection in the field, learn more about the local community in which they are living, make an impactful contribution to cleaning up marine debris, meet and work with other students that are similarly interested in marine science, and develop a relationship with a mentor working in a science field. 

Our inaugural cohort in Winter quarter of 2018 included 34 undergraduates and 9 mentors who conducted 10 surveys, volunteered over 100 hours, and collected over 100 pounds of trash.  

Questions about how to get involved?  Email and put survey slugs in the subject line.

Fall 2019 Cohort

Team 1: Xena Refaie, Melissa Rodrequez, and Avery Laing

Team 1: Xena Refaie, Melissa Rodrequez, and Avery Laing

Team 2: Gabby Lange, Madison Jacobs-Morris, and Andrew Nguyen

Team 2: Gabby Lange, Madison Jacobs-Morris, and Andrew Nguyen

Team 3: Quinn Rizal, Linnea Gullikson, and Chi Chi

Team 3: Quinn Rizal, Linnea Gullikson, and Chi Chi

Team 4: Andrew Doan, Brianna Delgado, Melissa Lawler, and Cassandra Gunn

Team 4: Andrew Doan, Brianna Delgado, Melissa Lawler, and Cassandra Gunn

Team 5: Christina Langford, Madison Lacey,  Dylan Caro, and Sabrina Ng

Team 5: Christina Langford, Madison Lacey, Dylan Caro, and Sabrina Ng

Team 6: Roxy Wildrodt, Sarah Gutierrez, Clara Mueller, and Jesse Cole (not pictured)

Team 6: Roxy Wildrodt, Sarah Gutierrez, Clara Mueller, and Jesse Cole (not pictured)

Team 7: Julissa Saltos, Anita Pothukuchi, Rose Collins, and Jasmine Espinoza (not pictured)

Team 7: Julissa Saltos, Anita Pothukuchi, Rose Collins, and Jasmine Espinoza (not pictured)

Team 8: Alma Manriquez, Isabella Brown, and Melissa Gonzalez

Team 8: Alma Manriquez, Isabella Brown, and Melissa Gonzalez

Team 9: Amber Diluzio, Kate Campos, and Drew Thompson

Team 9: Amber Diluzio, Kate Campos, and Drew Thompson

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