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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.

Spring 2019 Cohort

Team 1: Karolina Wirga, Heather Lee, Kellie Cutsinger, Jazmin Velazquez, & Marie Gredell

Team 1: Karolina Wirga, Heather Lee, Kellie Cutsinger, Jazmin Velazquez, & Marie Gredell

Team 2: Amber Diluzio, Maia Smith, Faith Piercy, & Madelyn Cross

Team 2: Amber Diluzio, Maia Smith, Faith Piercy, & Madelyn Cross

Team 3: Gabby Lange, Frances Perez, Luz Aguilar, Sarah Gutierrez, & Linnea Gullikson

Team 3: Gabby Lange, Frances Perez, Luz Aguilar, Sarah Gutierrez, & Linnea Gullikson

Team 4: Andrew Doan, April Canavan, Daniel Pekker, & Dylan Caro

Team 4: Andrew Doan, April Canavan, Daniel Pekker, & Dylan Caro

Team 5: Zina Lor, Derek Jeffries, & Sheri VanBilliard Walpert

Team 5: Zina Lor, Derek Jeffries, & Sheri VanBilliard Walpert

Team 6:  Brent Farmer, Claire Cook, Xavier Woodruff-Madeira, & Jhosselyn Prado-Albizures (not pictured)

Team 6: Brent Farmer, Claire Cook, Xavier Woodruff-Madeira, & Jhosselyn Prado-Albizures (not pictured)

Team 7: Xena Refaie, Rosemary Flores, & Jesse Cole

Team 7: Xena Refaie, Rosemary Flores, & Jesse Cole

Team 8: Sally Shilling, Olivia Brower, Courtney Ma, & Bianca Ramirez

Team 8: Sally Shilling, Olivia Brower, Courtney Ma, & Bianca Ramirez

Team 9: Alma Manriquez, Laura Tellez, Maria Zepeda, & Megan Gallagher (not pictured)

Team 9: Alma Manriquez, Laura Tellez, Maria Zepeda, & Megan Gallagher (not pictured)

Team 10: Elise Rogotzke, Isabella Brown, Julie Gomez, & Julissa Saltos

Team 10: Elise Rogotzke, Isabella Brown, Julie Gomez, & Julissa Saltos

Team 11: Jack Choi, Alexandra Baldacci, Joshua Mayo, & Virginia Chau

Team 11: Jack Choi, Alexandra Baldacci, Joshua Mayo, & Virginia Chau

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