|Lionfish, Bonaire (Sept, 2013)|
I'm also a Californian and a graduate of the University of California (UC) system. In fact, it was when I was an undergraduate student at UC Irvine (southern California) that I learned how to use SCUBA, back in the days of Mike Nelson on Sea Hunt, K-valves and double-hose regulators. My first real dive was in SoCal waters, probably 60F with limited visibilty. I came back to the gym still in my thick wet suit chilled to the bone. Luckily, a wet suit also holds warm water from the shower really well, and I recovered enough to go diving again the next day. And the next.
A couple of decades later, I'm still at it.
Some of you might remember last year's Search Challenge about the Parrotfish.
This is kind of an update on that Challenge. You might remember that was a difficult research question that needed a lot of care and attention to detail.
Today's challenge isn't quite like that, but it WILL stretch your ability to search in a new way.
As an alum of the UC system, I'm really interested in what marine research is going on within the ten campuses of the UC. None are very far from the Pacific, and I believe they all have some kind of marine biology research program.
Can you help me out with these Challenges?
1. Can you find a talk (or seminar) that will be given somewhere in the UC schools during this week (between June 1 - 7, 2014) on some aspect of corals?
2. Remember my affinity for Parrotfish? Is anyone in the UC system doing research on Parrotfish? (Can you list their name(s) and what the gist of their research is? Made-up example: Dr. Smith at UCSD is studying feeding behavior of Bonarian Parrotfish.)
3. Suppose I decide to give up this crazy computer science lifestyle at Google and become a marine biologist. Which of the ten UC campuses has the best marine biology research program that I should join? (Be sure to say why you believe that, given what you found in search.)
As always, be sure to tell us HOW you solved these particular Challenges. We're not racing, so take your time.
HINT: There are 10 schools in the UC system. You should NOT be repeating a query 10 times for each school. (This is true in general: Anytime you find yourself manually doing something repeatedly, stop and ask "is there a better, more automated way to do this?" Usually the answer is yes.)
I'll give some discussion about these challenges tomorrow, and another big hint (unless people have figured out the Google-fu needed to pull this one off).
|Dan diving on a wall in Bonaire (Sept, 2013)|