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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.

Winter 2019 cohort

Team 1: Alma Manriquez, Christina Langford, Christine Navarro,  & Megan Gallagher

Team 1: Alma Manriquez, Christina Langford, Christine Navarro, & Megan Gallagher

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

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

Team 3: Andrew Doan, Maggie Choi, Helen Boussie, & Pablo Puchol

Team 3: Andrew Doan, Maggie Choi, Helen Boussie, & Pablo Puchol

Team 4: Brent Farmer, Cassandra Giannousis, Steven Liang, & Claire Oetinger

Team 4: Brent Farmer, Cassandra Giannousis, Steven Liang, & Claire Oetinger

Team 5: Draven Hawk, Kira Perez-Angeles, Samantha Tom, & Avneet Dosanjh (not pictured)

Team 5: Draven Hawk, Kira Perez-Angeles, Samantha Tom, & Avneet Dosanjh (not pictured)

Team 6: Gabby Lange, Emilie Chau,  Sarah Wilkes, & Christine Karakotsios

Team 6: Gabby Lange, Emilie Chau, Sarah Wilkes, & Christine Karakotsios

Team 7: Jack Choi, Britta Gruner, Christopher Purcell, & Michaela Palma

Team 7: Jack Choi, Britta Gruner, Christopher Purcell, & Michaela Palma

Team 8: Karolina Wirga, Heather Lee, Wave Moretto, Nubia Mejia Pastora, & Xavier Woodruff-Madeira

Team 8: Karolina Wirga, Heather Lee, Wave Moretto, Nubia Mejia Pastora, & Xavier Woodruff-Madeira

Team 9: Lexi Dyer, Julissa Santos, Caitlin Cancilla, & Ramtin Poutstinchi

Team 9: Lexi Dyer, Julissa Santos, Caitlin Cancilla, & Ramtin Poutstinchi

Team 10: Sally Shilling, Mrunal Sathe, Noah Ketterer, & Chloe Rodriguez

Team 10: Sally Shilling, Mrunal Sathe, Noah Ketterer, & Chloe Rodriguez

Team 11: Xena Refaire, Virginia Chau, Marie Gredll, & Chelsea Kintz

Team 11: Xena Refaire, Virginia Chau, Marie Gredll, & Chelsea Kintz

Team 12: Zina Lor, Megan Sampiere-Prochnow, Arisbeth Jaramillow, & Hope Trompeter

Team 12: Zina Lor, Megan Sampiere-Prochnow, Arisbeth Jaramillow, & Hope Trompeter

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