Fall 2016 Seminar Series Schedule

Get ready for our Fall 2016 seminar series lineup! 





Thursdays @ 4pm in the Moss Landing Marine Labs Seminar Room (to the left inside the main entrance)

8272 Moss Landing Road, Moss Landing, CA 95039

Date Speaker Host lab Title
Aug 25 MLML In-House Open House
Sep 1 Jeremy Goldbogen

Hopkins Marine Station

Vertebrate Ecology Insights into the Underwater Behavior, Species Interactions, and Biomechanics of Baleen Whales using Suction-Cup Attached Video and Inertial Sensors
Sep 8 Barbara Bekins


Geological Oceanography The relationship of wastewater injection to the increase in central and eastern U.S. seismicity
Sep 15 Patrick Gagnon

Memorial University

Phycology Environmental controls of cold-water benthic systems in the northwestern Atlantic
Sep 22 Joshua Lord


PSRC & Fisheries Conservation Biology Community-level responses to warming and ocean acidification
Sep 29 Iliana Ruiz-Cooley


Vertebrate Ecology Tracing animal movement and changes in ocean biochemistry, and food web length by quantifying stable isotopes of amino acids
Oct 6 Kerstin Wasson

Elkhorn Slough

Chemical Oceanography Rising to the challenge: salt marsh resilience at Elkhorn Slough
Oct 13 Tim Stanton


Physical Oceanography Ocean/Ice Exchange in the Changing Arctic
Oct 20 Nathaniel Jue


Invertebrate Zoology Using de novo assembled genomes to inductively explore the biology and evolution of the marine invertebrates
Oct 27 Alexandra Worden


Benthic Ecology Ecology and evolution of eukaryotic phytoplankton
Nov 3 Jody Beers

Hopkins Marine Station

Ichthyology Integrative physiology of Pacific rockfishes—bridging gaps between the lab and the field
Nov 10 Western Society of Naturalists Meeting – no seminar
Nov 17 Tyler Evans

CSU East Bay

PSRC & Fisheries Conservation Biology A role for transcriptomics in environmental physiology, global change biology, and finding the 'genes that matter' for environmental adaptation
Nov 24 Thanksgiving – no seminar
Dec 1 Charles Boch


Invertebrate Zoology Climate change and abalone life history
Dec 8 Mark Carr


Phycology Causes and consequences of geographic patterns of kelp forest community structure
Dec 15 Steve Lonhart


Ichthyology Marine Sanctuaries – title to follow


We survived and enjoyed: The MLML 50th celebration

By Jim Harvey (12 August 2016)

It was an awesome weekend (6 and 7 August 2016), as the MLML alumni, and current and past staff, faculty, and students assembled, talked, laughed, and celebrated. We had 450 people here on Saturday, and given that most of the people attending were probably alumni, that means about 50% of our 640 graduates were here. That's an amazing turnout. The students made $2,050 via various events that will go to student scholarships. So you have helped the student cause in a big way.

I will be getting a large number of photos from the professional photographer next week, so this week is just a tease of random shots before next week's photo blog.  I hope you enjoy.


We took pictures of each lab. Here is Ichthyology.

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Here is the largest lab picture, the Ichthyology Lab. Too many faces to identify, but you know who you are. Photo by Lori Heilprin.


We had fun under the tent.

Diana Watters, Aaron King, Andrew and Lois DeVogelaere
Diana Watters, Aaron King, Lucy Littlejohn, Teresa Farrar, Andrew and Lois DeVogelaere.


We had grads from the 1960s and early 70s who attended MLML just after the lab began.

Bud Laurent Chuck Versaggi,
Ann and Bill Davis, Victor Anderlini, Rich Ajeska, Chuck Versaggi, and Bud Laurent. Photo by Serafina Versaggi.


And they created their own t-shirts for the occasion.

First MLML volleyball team
First MLML volleyball team: Bud Laurent (modelling the shirt), Eric Dittmer, Dave Lewis, Hal Salwasser, Rich Ajesko, and Bill Davis (on top). I like the shirts. Photo by Serafina Versaggi.


The Quilt Quild produced three quilts for a raffle to generate funds for the Signe Lundstrom Memorial Scholarship Fund that supports MLML students. They raised $2,000.

MLML t-shirt quilt
One of the two MLML t-shirt quilts made by the MLML Quilt Guild.


quilt guild_McMasters adn Lois DeVogelaera
Lynn McMasters and Lois DeVogelaere sell raffle tickets for the three quilts,, the R/V Point Sur quilt is in the background. I think that is Sal Cerchio on the right coughing up some dough.


We made music under the tent.

Slough Stompers
The legendary Slough Stompers: Tom Harvey, Bruce Stewart, and Mark Silberstein, not pictured: Chris Jong, Jim Oakden, Ed Melvin, and John Hunt (actually you can just see the top of John's blue hat as he plays the bass).


And we gathered in the field next to the tent.

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Greg Cailliet surrounded by MLMLers: Front row, L to R: Monica Farris, Lynn Krasnow, Greg Cailliet, Roger Helm, Steve Locy. Back row, L to R: Michele Karpov,  unknown, Susan Chinburg, Sara Tanner, Steve Lasley, Jim Oakden, Chris Jong, Bruce Stewart,   , Rod McInnis, Mary Yoklavich, Roger Odgren, and Bob Cowen..


It was great seeing everyone, and we missed all of you that could not be here. The whole weekend was a blast. Next week's blog will be lots more pictures. Way to go MLML!




MLML: 50 Glorious, Weird, Fun, Productive, and Successful Years

By Jim Harvey (5 August 2016)

In the 50 years of its existence MLML has accomplished a great deal. Kenneth Coale calls it the “Little Marine Lab that Could”. John Martin said that its success was due to the MLML “spirit”. It certainly has a lot to do with people working together to achieve individual and institutional goals. It is truly remarkable that ethos is a part of all the people that work here. It does not matter if you are cleaning floors, working on facilities, maintaining and running boats, getting a M.S. degree,  shelving books, or mentoring students, everyone seems to like their job and know how important each person is to the greater good.

This is the last blog before the Anniversary weekend, but I hope we can continue to produce blogs into the future. There are still many stories to tell of the past, and innumerable ones starting right now. So anyone that has a blog idea please let me know, we want to continue this saga. But this week’s blog is sort of a summary, or a celebration of the 50 years of MLML and its SPIRIT.

Because the main purpose of MLML is to educate students and specifically to provide a topnotch Masters program in Marine Science, the people that have created this successful model have been the Faculty. Below is the list of the faculty (and some random pictures) and when they were here. It is the best I have right now, so if there are inaccuracies please let me know.


Directors of MLML


  • 1965 - 1971: John Harville
  • 1971 - 1972: Robert Arnal
  • 1972 - 1976: Robert Hurley
  • 1976 - 1993: John Martin
  • 1993 - 1994: Jim Nybakken
  • 1994 - 1998: Gary Greene
  • 1998 - 1998: Jim Nybakken
  • 1998 - 2011: Kenneth Coale
  • 2011 - now: Jim Harvey

Jim Harvey, Barry Giles, Simona Bartl, Kenneth Coale and Joan Parker.

Gary Greene and wife Lynn.

Faculty of MLML

Faculty in 1997 (L to R): Kenneth Coale, Jon Geller, Mike Graham, Joan Parker, Nick Welschmeyer, Erika McPhee-Shaw, Jim Harvey, Greg Cailliet, Gary Greene.



  • 1973 - 1976: Tom Thompson
  • 1976 - 2002: Mike Foster
  • 2002 - now: Mike Graham

Mike Foster

Invertebrate Biology


  • 1966 - 1998: Jim Nybakken
  • 1976 - 1980: Ann Hurley
  • 1999 - now: Jon Geller

Ann Hurley

Jon Geller



  • 1971 – 2011: Greg Cailliet
  • 2011 - now: Scott Hamilton

Greg Cailliet and wife Di

Mammals and Birds


  • 1966 - 1979: G. Victor Morejohn
  • 1981 - 1989: Bernd Wursig
  • 1989 - 2011: Jim Harvey
  • 2015 - now: Gitte McDonald

Bernd Wursig

Physical Oceanography


  • 1969 - 2000: Bill Broenkow
  • 2000 - 2014: Erika McPhee-Shaw
  • 2015 - now: Tom Connolly

Bill Broenkow

Geological Oceanography


  • 1966 - 1978: Robert Arnal
  • 1978 - 1982: Hank Mullins
  • 1983 - 1992: Mike Ledbetter
  • 1994 - 2004: Gary Greene
  • 2006 - now: Ivano Aiello

Gary Greene

Chemical Oceanography


  • 1988 - 1998: Ken Johnson
  • 1998 – now: Kenneth Coale

Ken Johnson

Biological Oceanography


  • 1971 - 1972: Mary Silver
  • 1972 - 1976: John Martin
  • 1979 - 1986: George Knauer
  • 1989 - now: Nick Welschmeyer

Nick Welschmeyer



  • 19     - 1978: Doris Baron
  • 1978 - 1994: Sheila Baldridge
  • 1995 - 2015: Joan Parker
  • 2016 - now: Katie Lage

Sheila Baldridge

Diving Safety Officer


  • 1973 - 1976: Tom Thompson
  • 1976 - 1980: Ann Hurley
  • 1976 - 1985: Mike Foster
  • 1985 – 2002: John Heine
  • 2002 - now: Diana Steller

John Heine

Diana Steller

MLML Student Body

We are, of course, most proud of the students that come out of this institution. They have gone on to become professors, Federal and State resource managers, teachers, researchers, and conservationists. I am sure that most have been successful in some small or large part because of their MLML education. The student body at MLML is mostly graduate students, especially recently, but it is constantly changing. The graph below shows the number of graduate and undergraduate students registered at MLML for the past 50 years.

MLML enrollment
Number of graduate students (red) and undergraduates (blue) students registered at MLML for Fall and Spring semesters since the beginning of courses at MLML in 1966. No, there was not a catastrophe in 1974, we just can't find the data.

The MLML student body has changed, from a male dominated group to mostly females. As you can see from the figure below, when MLML started in the mid-1960s it was nearly 80% males in the program, and now females represent nearly 80% of our graduate students.

sex ratio graph
Percentage of female (reddish) and male (bluish) incoming students to MLML from 1970 to 2016.

During its existence MLML also has built a worldwide reputation in science, public service, and outreach. We estimate that MLML has generated in excess of $400 million in research funding. Much of this funding is the result of a burgeoning research community that assists with some of the educational goals (these are the Research Faculty) or are purely soft-money researchers that are an integral part of the MLML success (there are the Research Affiliates). These Research Faculty and Affiliates train and hire MLML students, add diversity to the research endeavors, and greatly expand our research capacity.  Below is a graph of the recent history of MLML research funding.

MLML Proposal Activity 1998 -2015
Amount of research dollars awarded (red) and proposed (blue) from 1998 to 2015 by the total MLML research efforts. .

MLML has grown, evolved,  and thrived because everyone that comes here works hard, is dedicated, works together, and has fun. It has been a wonderful ride.

Along those lines we also want to get copies of photos. Many of you took pictures when you were at MLML or have spectacular ocean-themed shots. We would like to use them for a variety of purposes if you are willing so send us your photos, we can scan pictures or 35mm slides, then we will return them. Or bring them to the 50th celebration.