Dr. Cailliet (MLML Faculty Emeritus) quoted in a National Geographic article on the challenges of aging sharks

How long do sharks live?  Recent studies using carbon radioisotopes suggest we've been underestimating the ages of sharks, especially older ones.  An article by National Geographic quotes our ichthyologist emeritus, Dr. Gregor Cailliet on the challenges of aging sharks using calcified growth bands:

Gregor Cailliet, professor emeritus at California's Moss Landing Marine Laboratories who has been aging sharks since the 1970s, says the banding method leads to the good, bad, and the ugly.

“The good are the ones where the growth zones and validated ages are identical. The bad is when they don’t mean anything. The ugly are the ones in which there are discrepancies.”

Read the full article here.

MLML’s Dr. Graham & Dr. Hamilton win a highly competitive federal funding award

Dr. Mike Graham and Dr. Scott Hamilton have been awarded a grant with California Sea Grant to research sustainable aquaculture techniques integrating seaweeds and shellfish here at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories.  The grant is one of 32 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Sea Grant Program

Read more on this award as announced by California Sea Grant and in an article in the Monterey Herald.

MLML’s Dr. Iliana Ruiz-Cooley publishes research on food webs in the California Current

A new study is out with MLML's Research Faculty member, Dr. Iliana Ruiz-Cooley, as first author and includes co-authors from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and NOAA Fisheries West Coast. Their research challenges previous notions suggesting the pelagic food chain of the California Current was stable and therefore not easily affected by environmental disturbances.

Read the article here:  Temporal variation in pelagic food chain length in response to environmental change

MLML alumni making waves: John Heine, author & technical editor for new NOAA Dive Manual

Moss Landing Marine Laboratories has a rich history of providing training and resources for research diving.  John Heine graduated in 1982 with a M.S. from MLML, while working with Dr. Mike Foster, and later became the Diving Safety Officer (DSO) for MLML from 1985 – 2002.  John has extensive experience diving from the Arctic to the Antarctic.  John has authored a number of books on research diving and he recently was the author and technical editor for the new 800-page NOAA Diving Manual.  You can read more about Diving at MLML during John’s time as DSO in the blog he wrote last year.

MLML’s Dr. Jon Geller’s research featured on the cover of Science

Congratulations to MLML's Dr. Jon Geller of the Invertebrate Zoology Lab and collaborators for their cover article in the recent issue of Science for their research on Tsunamu-driven rafting!  Their research is also featured in perspective piece and a video, as well as being picked up by The Mercury News and The New York Times.