MLML’s Holly Bowers is Using Exciting New Technology

MLML Researcher Holly Bowers is Using Exciting New Technology!

GenomeWeb recently published an article about Ubiquitome's newest portable qPCR platform.  Ubiquitome is commercializing a 16-well real-time PCR instrument that is aimed at personalizing the method and making it more accessible to researchers. Their new Liberty16 instrument is designed to be easily used in the field. MLML Research Faculty Holly Bowers recently won California Sea Grant funding from the Ocean Protection Council Proposition 84 to study toxic algae using the Liberty16.

"Bowers' new funding will allow her group to take the Liberty16 into the field, and do PCR 'boatside, or shoreside,' she said, to detect different algae species in the water and to support local stakeholders. Boatside, and even 'tankside' research is much like bedside genomics, in which a clinician runs a test right next to a patient, she said. 'This takes us, as algal scientists, into that realm of thinking.' "

To read more about how researchers are using this new technology you can read the full article here.

MLML Research Faculty Receive Competitive OPC Grants

Two MLML researchers have received grants from the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) through the Proposition 84 Competitive Grants Program.

The research projects were selected through a competitive process based on criteria developed by OPC in alignment with its mission and priorities. California Sea Grant and the University of Southern California Sea Grant facilitated the review panel process and will administer project grants on behalf of OPC.

Read about Research Faculty Dr. Holly Bowers's project:

Advancing Portable Detection Capabilities of HAB Species in California Waters


Read about Research Faculty Dr. Luke Gardner's project:

Sea Feeds: Identification and culture of Californian marine macroalgae capable of reducing greenhouse gas production from ruminant livestock

MLML Affiliates take part in the Salish Sea Survey Expedition

MLML affiliates, Dr. Gary Greene, a former director, and Joseph Bizzarro, an alumnus and current Adjunct Faculty, along with a colleague from University of Washington's Friday Harbor Laboratories, learn more about the sand lance, a fish who uses waves to move along the seafloor as part of the Salish Sea Expedition.

Read GeekWire's article on the Expedition here: Scientists in a sub turn up good news during expedition in the Salish Sea

MLML Graduate Student Amanda Camarato Returns from the Arctic!

MLML student Amanda Camarato from the Physical Oceanography Lab  just spent over four weeks aboard the USCGC Healy, operating in the Beaufort Sea, deploying instruments to study Stratified Ocean Dynamics of the Arctic (SODA).  She was a part of the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Team led by NPS meteorologist and MLML Adjunct Faculty member, Dr. Tim Stanton sent to deploy Autonomous Ocean Flux Buoys (AOFBs) on ice floes.

Happy Halloween! Learn about ghost sharks with MLML’s Dave Ebert and Amber Reichert!

October 30th is International Ghost Shark Day!  How to Celebrate with MLML:

Watch MLML Research Faculty Dr. Dave Ebert on KION News:

Ghost Sharks in the Monterey Bay

Read a Forbes article quoting MLML graduate student Amber Reichert of the Pacific Shark Research Center:

What Everyone Ought To Know About Ghost Sharks This Halloween

MLML Researchers Plant Baby Oysters in Partnership with the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

On October 23rd, 2018, baby Olympia oysters were planted in Elkhorn Slough as part of a native oyster restoration project.  A number of MLML Researchers and Graduate Students are featured in these stories and photos about the event:

Elkhorn Slough: A Big Day for Baby Oysters

KION: Baby oysters planted at Elkhorn Slough

SeaGrant: Struggling Olympia oysters get a boost from scientists in Monterey Bay

Santa Cruz Sentinel: Bringing Olympia oysters back to Elkhorn Slough

Photo by Brendan Tougher

MLML Research Faculty Jason Smith co-author on paper in Science

MLML's Jason Smith, Research Faculty in the Environmental Biotechnology Lab, and collaborators recently published a paper on their research of Pseudo-nitzschia and domoic acid biosynthesis in Science Magazine.  The article is titled Biosynthesis of the neurotoxin domoic acid in a bloom-forming diatom.

You can read the paper here.