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.

Meeting of the Minds

We had some very special guests in class today. The discussion amongst these legendary biologists was very entertaining.  It was also informative, thoughtful, and enlightening. Advertisements

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Royal birth announcement

Our first monarch butterfly broke free from its chrysalis today.  We have numerous caterpillars from the garden in class that are developing from adolescents to adults, just like our fine students. The individual in the photograph above is the first … Continue reading

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Reading Genetic Clouds

Certain forms are prevalent in the physical and natural world that are interconnected in ways we are currently unaware of.  Funny how after working on DNA barcoding all week, this cloud formation shows up in the back yard.

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The Queen is Dead

We have been learning much from the HTH Native Plant Garden.  Hard to believe with so many different visiting insects, that the plants have been in the ground for only nine months or so.  Besides a diverse set of native … Continue reading

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Jane’s Journey

Be sure to catch  Jane’s Journey this Tuesday (10/9) night.  The documentary is all about Dr. Jane Goodall’s career and her impact around the world.  It will be shown on Animal Planet at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Last week we met with Dr. Goodall … Continue reading

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Invasive Species?

The Red-crowned Parrots (Amazona viridigenalis) of Pt. Loma were recently caught on film in Cleator Park (near Nimitz and West Pt. Loma Bvld.) feeding on some Acacia  trees (Acacia cyclops).  Our class is currently working on methods to survey their … Continue reading

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Life on Earth and Gorongosa

Follow the work of Dr. Vavra and Dr. E.O. Wilson here:

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Garden Party – May 3rd


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Way to go 2012 HTH Science Fair Team!

Congratulations to our 2012 High Tech High Science Fair Team.  Each will be presenting their research March 20 at the GSDSEF. Students Project Category  Carly Flowers & Simone   Federici We Can Work It Out Behavioral Science  Jonathan Castrejon & … Continue reading

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HTH Grad Student in the field: John Horn

John Horn was a science fair award winner, lead contributor and GIS master for the book Perspectives of San Diego Bay: A Field Guide.  He has just finished his masters at Stanford University.  Above, he is pictured  in Google’s Entrepreure competion … Continue reading

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