MLML's Dr. Dave Ebert of the Pacific Shark Research Center has been featured on a number of news stories related to sharks in the Monterey Bay.
Read and watch the stories below:
- ABC Bay Area News: Criminal investigation into what killed great white shark that washed up on Santa Cruz Co. beach
- ABC Good Morning America: Great White Shark sightings in Monterey Bay
- KSBW: Shark warning issued in Santa Cruz County
- Live Science: A Dead Great White Shark on a Santa Cruz Beach Leads to a Criminal Investigation
- NBC Bay Area: Close Call: Shark Swims Within Feet of Kayaker in Monterey Bay
- SFGate: Kayaker paddles with a dozen great white sharks off coast near Santa Cruz
For the upcoming NASA Earth EXPORTS field program, MLML's Dr. Colleen Durkin, will serve as one of the co-PIs on a project that aims to link sinking particle chemistry and biology with changes in the magnitude and efficiency of carbon export into the deep ocean. The group will use sediment traps to collect samples at varied depths of descent up to 500m.
You can read more about the project here.
MLML congratulates Ichthyology Lab student June Shrestha! June was selected as a 2018 CSU COAST summer intern with the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries in Monterey Bay. June will be working side-by-side with sanctuary regional managers on a new project, "Connections between National Forests and National Marine Sanctuaries". The purpose of this project is to explore and describe the connections between national forests and national marine sanctuaries of California to advance land-sea conservation by better understanding the interconnectedness between terrestrial and marine ecosystems.
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.