Pacific Rocky Intertidal Monitoring: Trends and Synthesis
Click here for Long-Term trends
Click here for Biodiversity Survey findings
Stairs is located in the Central Coast region of California, on Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB). This site is located within the Vandenberg State Marine Reserve. The site's location on VAFB largely restricts human use, although the reef is occasionally used by military personnel for fishing. This gently sloping site consists of moderately uneven terrain, containing few cracks and folds.
Stairs is dominated by consolidated bedrock, and the area surrounding the site is comprised of a mixture of consolidated bedrock and sandy beach. The primary coastal orientation of this site is west/southwest.
Long-Term Monitoring Surveys at Stairs were established in 1992, and are done by University of California Santa Cruz. Long-Term MARINe surveys currently target the following species and/or areas: Chthamalus/Balanus (Acorn Barnacles), Mytilus (California Mussel), Silvetia (Golden Rockweed), Endocladia (Turfweed), Recovery, Phyllospadix (Surfgrass), and Pisaster (Ochre Star). In addition, motile invertebrates, barnacle recruitment, mussel size structure, and water temperature are monitored at this site. Click here to view Long-Term trends at this site.
Biodiversity Surveys were done by University of California Santa Cruz in 2001, 2003, and 2004. The Biodiversity Survey grid encompasses two sections that are approximately 9 meters (along shore) x 50 meters (seaward), and 18 meters (along shore) x 50 meters (seaward). Click here to view Biodiversity Survey findings at this site.
For more information about Stairs, please contact Pete Raimondi.