PBS Kids Show "SciGirls" Features Sea Grant Research

Theresa Talley (left) and San Diego SciGirls inspect bugs in a pit trap. Credit: SciGirls


Theresa Sinicrope Talley

California Sea Grant

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

UC San Diego

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November 2, 2012

Contact: Christina S. Johnson, csjohnson@ucsd.edu

A new episode of the acclaimed PBS Kids show "SciGirls" features California Sea Grant's Theresa Talley in action with young scientists.

In the episode "Habitat Havoc," Talley, an invasive species ecologist with an active interest in K-12 education, leads three exuberant SciGirls on a science adventure to the banks of the San Diego River.

There, they collect bugs, and compare tree leaves and soils under native arroyo willows and nonindigenous Canary Island date palms. Their sleuthing shows that there are fewer bugs living around the non-native palms. At the show's end, their findings are presented to fellow students, and they ultimately convince the class to help plant a butterfly garden.

View the episode to learn more about their project and what they learned.

Talley's mentoring project with SciGirls is based on her own research "Testing the Effects of an Introduced Palm on a Riparian Invertebrate Community in Southern California," recently published in PLoS ONE and supported by California Sea Grant.

SciGirls is a production of Twin Cities Public Television, Inc, with major funding from the National Science Foundation. Its goal is to change how girls think about science, technology, engineering and math through its TV show, games and interactive online science community.

There are also resources for teachers.

Learn more about the SciGirls site for kids.