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Student Equipment Loan Program Enables Projects in California and Antarctica

Lydia Kapsenberg (2013-14 Award Recipient), who is currently a National Science Foundation (NSF) Ocean Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellow in France, deployed Sea-Bird CTD sensors and Satlantic pH sensors along the coastline of the Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary.


In her words “SBE Student Loan program allowed me to use oceanographic instruments that I otherwise would not have had access to or been able to purchase. Use of the CTD-Oxygen sensors from SBE transformed my project by adding the ability to identify changes in water masses and determining biological contributions to pH variability through measures of oxygen, at sites located at the extremes of the east-west oriented island chain, for one year."

"Based on the results of this work (using pH sensors in tandem with the CTD-Oxygen sensors), SBE extended my loan award and allowed me to deploy one of the sensors in coastal Antarctica where our lab (Prof. Gretchen Hofmann's lab, University of California Santa Barbara) was deploying pH sensors.”

Lydia’s work "Ocean pH time-series and drivers of variability along the northern Channel Islands, California, USA" was recently published in Limnology and Oceanography.

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