About

Ariel Rubissow Okamoto is coauthor of Natural History of San Francisco Bay (UC Press 2011) and editor of Estuary. Learn more at bayariel.com.

Contributions

Bay Restoration: Lines in the Mud

June 30, 2013 by Ariel Rubissow Okamoto

Over decades of struggle, San Francisco Bay restoration has become the expectation, a difficult challenge still, but one everyone’s agreed to fight for.

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Baylands Reborn: Introduction

June 29, 2013 by Ariel Rubissow Okamoto

Mrs. Semino once had to put on a pair of rubber boots to cook her Thanksgiving turkey. It was a

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Making the Most of Mud

February 01, 2013 by Ariel Rubissow Okamoto

San Francisco Bay has been clearing up, but that’s not necessarily a good thing for marshes in an age of sea level rise. Those marshes need mud so they can keep up with rising tides.

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Taking the Measure of Climate Change At Corte Madera Marsh

January 12, 2012 by Ariel Rubissow Okamoto

To launch our new series on climate change in the Bay Area, we follow a group of researchers as they scan the bottom, poke the mud, and gauge the tides at Marin’s Corte Madera Marsh, in the first comprehensive, interdisciplinary effort to understand how the Bay Area’s tidal wetlands will respond to rising sea levels.

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Subtleties of the Subtidal

October 01, 2010 by Ariel Rubissow Okamoto

San Francisco Bay is both familiar and mysterious. Millions see it every day, yet we almost never glimpse beneath the steely surface. From eelgrass and oyster beds to mudflats and sand waves, there’s a lot to learn about. An innovative coalition is working to set an agenda for 50 years of research and restoration that will illuminate and resuscitate the vast wilderness below the lowest tides.

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My Hill

January 01, 2008 by Ariel Rubissow Okamoto

Everyone has a hill. A line of land up and down that makes your heart leap. A small fold in

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