Sea-Bird Scientific Newsletter

Student Equipment Loan Program Enables Projects in California and Antarctica

Lydia Kapsenberg with Sea-Bird CTD and pH sensors at Anacapa Island Landing Cove ('ALC')

Lydia Kapsenberg (2013-14 Award Recipient), who is currently an NSF Ocean Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellow in France, deployed Sea-Bird CTD sensors and Satlantic pH sensors along the coastline of the Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary.

In her words “SBE Student Loan program allowed me to use oceanographic instruments that I otherwise would not have had access to or been able to purchase. Use of the CTD-Oxygen sensors from SBE transformed my project by adding the ability to identify changes in water masses and determining biological contributions to pH variability through measures of oxygen, at sites located at the extremes of the east-west oriented island chain, for one year."

"Based on the results of this work (using pH sensors in tandem with the CTD-Oxygen sensors), SBE extended my loan award and allowed me to deploy one of the sensors in coastal Antarctica where our lab (Prof. Gretchen Hofmann's lab, University of California Santa Barbara) was deploying pH sensors.”

Lydia’s work "Ocean pH time-series and drivers of variability along the northern Channel Islands, California, USA" was recently published in Limnology and Oceanography.



Ocean Sciences Meeting
New Orleans, LA, USA
Feb 21 - 26, 2016
Booth 104

Australian Oil & Gas Conference
Perth, Western Australia
Feb 24-26, 2016
Booth F25

Oceanology International
London, UK
March 15-17, 2016
Booth K100


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Sea-Bird Scientific at Next Week’s Ocean Sciences Meeting

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Attending Ocean Sciences Meeting in New Orleans this year?
Drop by to see us in Booth 104.

Sea-Bird Scientific is exhibiting at the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting (February 21-26, 2016) in New Orleans. Attending from Sea-Bird Scientific will be scientists, sales associates, researchers and engineers. We encourage you to drop by Booth 104 to discuss your applications and how our latest technologies can work for you.

One of our new products launched in 2015 that will be on-hand is our XPRIZE award winning SeapHOxTM technology. The SeapHOxTM Ocean CT(D)-pH-DO Sensor combines our SeaFETTM Ocean pH sensor with our 37-SMP-ODO MicroCAT CTD+DO sensor. This product showcases how we are integrating sensors from our Bellevue, Philomath, and Halifax sites.

Below is a list of poster sessions and presentations by Sea-Bird Scientists and Oceanographers that may be of interest to you while at Ocean Sciences:



Second National Training on Sea-Bird Scientific Sensors and Ocean Data Collection in Chennai, India

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Over 60 participants from 18 Indian science institutions gather for three days of training

The overwhelming success of the first Sea-Bird Scientific international training initiative in India, held in November 2012, led to the creation of the second training program. In 2012, 47 participants from 10 organizations took part. In 2016, we had over 60 participants from 18 Institutions gather for the training. We look forward to strengthening the relationships and building closer scientific ties with those institutions.


Register for Upcoming Sessions of Sea-Bird University

Sea-Bird Scientific offers regularly scheduled four-day training classes approximately two times per year at an off-site location near our office/factory in Bellevue, Washington (12 miles from downtown Seattle). Through our comprehensive training modules, we teach our customers how to get the most from their instruments. Training consists of operator training on major Sea-Bird Scientific products and software, and is hands-on in nature. The curriculum covers profiling instruments, thermosalinographs, and moored instruments, and includes theory and operation, data processing, and maintenance and repair. We encourage you to take advantage of our expertise and participate in our training classes. Our next 4-day training classes are scheduled for May 16-19 and October 3-6, 2016.

Visit Sea-Bird University for more details, or contact Payal Parikh ( to enroll.


Tech Tip: Care and Cleaning of Conductivity Cells

Tech TipSince any conductivity sensor’s output reading is proportional to its cell dimensions, it is important to keep the cell clean of internal coatings. Cell electrodes contaminated with oil, biological growths, or other foreign material will eventually cause low conductivity readings.

For details on identifying damaged or severely fouled conductivity cells; rinsing, cleaning, and storage procedures; and cleaning materials, click here [PDF].


Meet Our People
Julie Herring
Sales/Applications Engineer

Julie Herring, based at our Philomath, Oregon (WET Labs) site, received her BS from Oregon State University. She has had several roles over her eight years with WET Labs and Sea-Bird Scientific, including customer support, marketing, and sales. Julie has conducted maintenance and service visits to deployment sites, accompanied customers to deploy sensors, and provided customer training. In Julie’s current role as a Sales/Applications Engineer for the Sea-Bird Scientific Ocean Research Business Unit at our Philomath site, she provides the details and information you need to purchase equipment for your specific application.

In her spare time, Julie is an avid runner, crafter, reader, and seamstress. She also loves hiking in the great outdoors as well as being on, or near, the water.


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