Stephanie Kiriakopolos 1 WEB

Romberg Tiburon Center
2016 – $15,000 general support
2015 – $15,000 general support

The Romberg Tiburon Center is an off-campus research and teaching center affiliated with San Francisco State University whose mission is to advance understanding of marine and estuarine environments.

The Romberg Tiburon Center is creating native oyster habitats to restore large acreages of native oysters. These structures will also provide shoreline protection in an era of sea level rise. Not only is this one of the first projects dedicated to oyster rehabilitation in the Bay Area, the research team is committed to producing innovative designs for lightweight and modular oyster reef prototypes that can be installed by researchers and volunteers without the need for expensive equipment. These creative oyster reef designs would benefit many communities in need of shoreline protection regardless of location or economic status.