Ka Mwee Paw’s Intern Blog

Hello, my name is Ka Mwee Paw and I am a refugee from Mae La Oon. Mae La Oon is a refugee camp located between the border of Thailand and Myanmar (previously known as Burma). I am currently a third-year Biology major student studying at San Diego City College and San...

Grace Luzbetak’s Intern Blog

Before this summer, I had never spent a full day in a professional lab. But I knew I was passionate about science and wanted to learn more about marine biology. For most of the time, I worked with Jessica Griffin on an experiment for her Ph.D. titled “The Importance...

Angel Sanchez’s Intern Blog

My goal when looking for opportunities this past summer was to find an internship that gave me as much hands-on experience as possible in an ecology lab. Working in the Coastal and Marine Science Institute Laboratory (CMIL) this past summer gave me that and more. I...

Shayne Brown’s Intern Blog

Swimming! Freediving! Kayaking! Boat Trips! ….These are all fun activities, especially in the summertime. Ocean warming. Ocean acidification. Invasive species. ….These are all very bad things. Bad things that are caused almost exclusively by humans. And as humans we...

Summer Semester 2022

For the second year, the CMIL Summer Research Program took place, a 9-week program for San Diego community/junior college students. During this time, students participated in marine science research alongside a graduate student mentor. CMIL graduate student projects...

Summer 2021 at CMIL

Despite the challenges of COVID, we’ve managed to continue cultivating our research and moving forward during the summer months here at CMIL. This quarter’s highlights include two successful internship programs, recognition of two of our faculty, and an...

Joseph Burch’s & Joe Gawlik’s Intern Blog

Going into our internship at CMIL, we really weren’t sure what to expect. This would be our first time working in an actual lab performing actual experiments. We quickly learned that CMIL is far more than just a Marine Biology Lab. When first walking into the Coastal...

Chloe Van Patten’s Intern Blog

Sea Urchins stink! No truly they do. Emma, who works at the CMIL lab showed me what she does twice a week, which involves taking a self pump vacuum and cleaning out the urchin tank. Those little things eat and eat and poop a lot, and boy do they smell. One of the very...

Spring 2021 Updates

As the SDSU Spring semester comes to a close, the CMIL our summer research season is just beginning, as many new researchers gear up to conduct field and laboratory research for the first time since the pandemic started. As we get ready for this busy time of year,...

2020 Wrap-up

What a year is has been! Despite the challenges that 2020 has brought, we here at CMIL have still managed to accomplish so much! This year our annual Western Society of Naturalists conference was virtual for the first time ever. With over 900 participants from around...