Author Archives: Jay Vavra

About Jay Vavra

Jay Vavra grew up in San Diego and returned home after a range of experiences in biology abroad and throughout California. He graduated from Stanford University and has a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from USC. Dr. Vavra also has experience working as a biologist in the fields of biotechnology and zooarchaeology, and as an environmental consultant. This is his tenth year teaching at HTH where he loves conducting original research with his students. He leads the science fair program at HTH. Most of Dr. Vavra's past students are published authors in the San Diego Bay book series. He has also led students on two successful expeditions to Tanazania.

“E.O. Wilson’s Life on Earth” has launched and it is free!

After four years in the making, with a team including E.O. Wilson, leading science writers, biologists, educators, and digital  animators, E.O. Wilson’s Life on Earth has launched! As the Education Director of this project I am very proud of this … Continue reading

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Biomimicry book is here … in print and as an iBook!

The book: Biomimicry: Respecting Nature Through Design is a story about sustainability which was researched, sketched, photographed, designed and written by students of High Tech High. The book addresses case studies in biomimetic design and also focuses on numerous environmental … Continue reading

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HTH grad student in the Field: Celeste Byers

Celeste Byers has become an amazing artist. Back in her HTH days, Celeste contributed some beautiful sketches for the book San Diego Bay: A Story of Restoration and Exploitation. Since then she has traveled the world and along the way … Continue reading

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HTH grad student in the field: Brittney Nguyen

Brittney Nguyen, a Stanford University junior presented her honors thesis research project at the Microbial Pathogenesis and Host Response meeting at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in September.  The title of Brittney’s poster was “The Effect of Diet Restriction on Antimicrobial … Continue reading

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Gone Native

The day started with good news.  The Liberty Station Community Association approved of our new garden plans around HTH.  This green light came just in time, as we were just heading out to visit Tijuana Estuary and then Recon Native … Continue reading

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High Tech High Science Fair Team – 2013

Congratulations to the students accepted to the 2013 Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair! Students Category Brianne Nguyen & Gautam Daryanani Behavioral Science Nicole Hernandez-Hart & Irving Hernandez Behavioral Science  Sara Bawale & Tatiana Barhoumi Behavioral Science Maritza Salas … Continue reading

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Thanks judges, well done students!

The 11th Annual HTH Science Fair was a great success – thanks to our wonderful judges and the great work of our students.  Our judges came from:  SDSU, Sharp Hospital, UCSD, NOAA – Southwest Fisheries, SD Regional Water Quality Control … Continue reading

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Gorongosa and EO Wilson in BBC program on the Discovery Channel

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Sea Urchin Fertilization

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High Tech High Science Fair – Coming February 6th

  Come see the science fair projects from the Fehrenbacher – Vavra Team.  This will be held in the HTH Commons Februrary 6, 2013 from 1:30-3:30.  The tradition will continue with HTH being a science fair leader in the county. … Continue reading

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