Scott Benson and Karin Forney have been honored by the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) for their outstanding volunteer service in support of the BeachCOMBERS (Coastal Ocean Mammal and Bird Education and Research Surveys) program. This citizen-science program identifies seasonal and long-term biological trends in natural and anthropogenic mortality of marine mammals and seabirds and provides important information to resources managers. Scott originally developed the BeachCOMBERS program in 1997, in collaboration with MBNMS and MLML, while attending graduate school at MLML. The program initially covered about 30 miles of beach in Monterey Bay and has since expanded to include beaches as far south as Ventura County. For the past 21 years, Scott and Karin have conducted systematic monthly surveys on one of the 3-mile beach sections in Monterey Bay to enumerate and identify beachcast birds and mammals. Over the years, Scott has trained dozens of volunteers in rigorous science-based data collection methods and species identification. Scott and Karin have also co-authored several publications and conference presentations resulting from these data, including analyses of fishery bycatch, oiling events, and natural mortality spikes caused by El Niño conditions or toxic algal blooms.
Dr. Patricia Eichler is Biological Oceanographer interested on the assessment of coastal and marine environments through the use of marine benthic Foraminifera, physical and geo-chemical datasets. More recently, she has been focusing on the use of stable isotopes for micropaleontology studies and paleoenvironmental reconstruction. Her skills and expertise focus in the Environment, Water Quality, Ecology and Evolution, Ecosystem Ecology, Marine Ecology, Sedimentology, Biodiversity, and Conservation of Marine Environment and Marine Biodiversity. She is a Professor at the Environmental Sciences Post Graduation Program at Sul de Santa Catarina University (Unisul) and at the Geodynamic and Geophysics and Geophysics Post Graduation Program in the Federal do Rio Grande do Norte University.
Welcome to MLML, Dr. Eichler!
Stacy Kim, Research Faculty in MLML's Benthic Lab, along with colleagues Ben Saenz, Jeff Scanniello, Kendra Daly, and David Ainley, published a paper on their research of sea ice in Antarctica. The study investigates changes in fast ice (ie ice that is "fastened" to the shore) in McMurdo Sound. Fast ice is an important feature in the Southern Ocean and understanding changes in sea ice sheds light on marine ecosystem dynamics.
The paper is titled: Local climatology of fast ice in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica
MLML is excited to welcome Dr. Luke Gardener to the MLML community! Luke is the new California Sea Grant Extension Specialist. Along with his statewide responsibilities for the California Sea Grant, Dr. Gardner will spend his time at MLML teaching aquaculture courses, mentoring our graduate students, and conducting his own research.
Dr. Gardner’s appointment to the Sea Grant Extension Specialist position and his residency at MLML validates the importance of the aquaculture industry to the citizens of California, and the important role academics and research play in developing the industry in a sustainable fashion. We are thrilled to have Luke joining our program.
MLML is excited to welcome a new Chemical Oceanography faculty member: Dr. Maxime Grand. He will be joining us this coming August!
Dr. Maxime Grand is recognized for his work as a chemical oceanographer and analytical chemist. His research interests focus on the biogeochemical cycling of trace metals and nutrients in coastal and open ocean regimes and their biological implications. His analytical work revolves around the development of autonomous microfluidic analyzers, also known as optofluidic sensors, which are well suited to investigate complex nutrient and trace metal dynamics in situ.
Dr. Grand holds a PhD from the Department of Oceanography at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, a MS in Applied Marine Science from the University of Plymouth (UK), a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Science from the University of Auckland (NZ) and a BS in Global Environmental Science from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. Immediately after completing his academic training, Dr. Grand was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Southampton National Oceanography Centre (UK). Dr. Grand is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, where he is leading the development of a National Science Foundation funded oceanography summer bridge program, which aims to improve the recruitment of underrepresented Native Hawaiian students into baccalaureate geoscience programs.
MLML is excited to welcome a new Invertebrate Zoology faculty member: Dr. Amanda Kahn. She will be starting her Assistant Faculty position in Fall of 2019, and likely will be conducting postdoctoral research at MBARI during this next year.
Amanda studied biology and environmental chemistry as an undergraduate at CSU East Bay, then received her MSc in Marine Science here at MLML (through CSUMB) under the guidance of Dr. Jon Geller. She received her PhD in Ecology, supervised by Dr. Sally Leys, at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where she is currently a postdoctoral researcher.
Amanda’s research broadly focuses on movement of food energy (carbon) within and between ecosystems and on how suspension feeders facilitate this movement – especially in food-poor ecosystems. Her doctoral and postdoctoral work have specifically focused on carbon flow mediated by sponges in the food-poor deep waters of the North Pacific and Atlantic.