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CSUN Students Dive Into Marine Research on Catalina Island

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((L-R) CSUN graduate students J.R. Clark and Parker House use an underwater high-definition camera and underwater listening device called a hydrophone to record giant sea bass.)

Some of California State University, Northridge’s most interesting science research takes place not in Northridge, but 26 miles across the sea — at and around Catalina Island. The marine biology program in the Department of Biology offers undergraduates a fall semester at the island’s Wrigley Marine Science Center, and some graduate students spend much of the summer there engrossed in field work.

The next fall semester cohort kicks off its program Aug. 25. Students will spend 15 weeks on Catalina, based in the dorm and laboratory facilities, studying topics such as marine biology, invertebrate zoology and “ecology of marine fishes.”

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Last Updated: September 12, 2014