Leorah Gavidor

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Who are these drifters?

Peering under a pier

Every day under the Scripps pier in La Jolla, two cameras capture thousands of images of the weird and wonderful organisms called plankton. “Plankton,” a Greek adjective that can mean “drifter,” is a diverse group ...

Gimme babies or gimme death

When Garfield Kwan was an undergraduate student in marine biology at UC San Diego, he began to notice a trend: the internet was full of funny stuff, but science was not included. Furthermore, materials available ...

RezRadio reaches the world

And no car or beer ads.

“On the reservation they have a saying,” Fox chuckled, “‘B.C.—before casino.’’’

Australian visitors spotted in San Diego Bay

Invasive white-spotted jellyfish likely hitched a ride here

About 100 yards into an early-morning kayak-fishing excursion on September 28, Steve Piper noticed a plentiful presence on his fish finder. As he paddled out into San Diego Bay from the boat ramp at Pepper ...

50th anniversary of Sealab II

Down deep in a La Jolla underwater canyon

Fifty years ago off the coast of La Jolla, the U.S. Navy performed experiments to find out how long humans could live underwater. The Sealab project had three vessels, the first of which was sunk ...

Marine fireworms to do horizontal boogie

Glowing mucus just one highlight of September 20 phenomenon

In the shallow coastal waters of Mission Bay, a dazzling display lights up the sea after dark. Not the SeaWorld fireworks — it’s the marine fireworms, coming to the surface in swarms to mate. Like ...

Grandma drove a tank while pregnant in 1948 Jerusalem

Israel was the first foreign country I visited, in 1980, four months after I was born. Although my Jewish-ish parents didn’t take my brother and me to temple, I went to the Holy Land six ...

Exhibitionists

“No reading, no memorizing. It’s all oral,” described Storytellers of San Diego president Marilyn McPhie of the yarns these spinners create live for audiences. Join the performers for the Storytelling Festival on March 21 at ...