Students are welcome (and encouraged) to get involved with this research project even beyond what is required for the iBARGE program! Feel free to contact us here. Some involved students have used their fouling community research as part of a senior project, thesis, or science fair project. Students have presented their results to local Rotary clubs, Parks and Recreation Departments, and most recently at the Los Angeles County Science and Engineering Fair.
Species identification is the simplest thing that students can get involved with, and several ID guides are linked to through the ID Guide page of the iBARGE website. Project ideas are listed below, but you can do anything that you think of. If you have any good ideas, post them on this website!
- Species Identification – Record when and at what water temperature each species shows up on the panels, to figure out what the reproduction temperature is for each species.
- Panel Fill Rates – Record how long it takes each panel to become completely covered by fouling organisms at each temperature throughout the summer
- Growth Rates – Measure growth rates of fouling organisms found on the panels, and how this changes with temperature — here are instructions for doing this on the computer
- Percent Cover – How much room does each species take up? You can measure this throughout the year by estimating the percent cover of each species each week. What species are dominant at different times of year? Instructions for this are here.