Informing and inspiring everyone about California’s underwater world
Journey traveled by the R/V Robert Gordon Sproul around California's Channel Islands.
There is no gift shop, no Lido deck, no musical theater entertainment. Just my kind of cruise! I recently joined Chief Scientist Lynn Russell, PhD, an atmospheric scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), as a Guest Scientist along...
Our pinnipeds, like this harbor seal (<em>Phoca vitulina</em>), are the constant gardeners of our coast, adding to the lushness of kelp beds. ©1994 Judith Lea Garfield
Pinniped poop is like a One A Day® multivitamin for our coastal environment. It acts as a supplement to enhance the health of our kelp beds and other marine algae and seagrasses. In a published study, scientists in Australia showed that the busy...
The size of polyethylene microbeads in a facial cleanser.  ©2010 JUDITH LEA GARFIELD
When Oprah centered an episode of her talk show on the Texas-sized plastic garbage patch stagnating in the North Pacific gyre, and media outlets report a research cruise to the area by Scripps scientists, the situation must be dire, meaning that the...
Whale bone is colonized by bone-devouring worms. Courtesy MBARI
“Worms devour whale bones!” Sounds like a National Inquirer headline but I rib you not; this story is legitimate and yet another example of truth trumping invention. Read on for the body of evidence. . . When whales came to be, around 42 million...
My Mission

To share my knowledge with readers through photographic documentation and writing that blends personal experience, humor, and current science research.