Congratulations to MLML research technician, Jason Adelaars, who received the Wendell Ayers Memorial Leadership Award from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. This award recognizes one MBA volunteer diver each year for their accomplishments in ocean advocacy and conservation efforts. Mr. Adelaars was chosen this year for his work in reducing nutrient runoff into the Moro Cojo Slough, long-term oceanographic water quality monitoring, Monterey Bay sea-level rise analysis, and developing technologies to better serve estuarine, marine, and aquaculture scientists.
MLML research affiliate, Dr. Karin A. Forney, and colleagues publish a study on the disturbance effects of anthropogenic noise upon several marine mammal species, including some that are considered Critically Endangered. The paper is titled Nowhere to go: noise impact assessments for marine mammal populations with high site fidelity and was published in the journal, Endangered Species Research. The research aims to provide better means of assessing and mitigating the effects of anthropocentric noise on marine mammals.
Click here to read the paper.
MLML recent graduate Christian Denney of the Fisheries and Conservation Biology Lab is first author on a recently published study based on his thesis research. Ryan Fields and Dr. Richard Starr from MLML and Mary Gleason of The Nature Conservancy co-authored this study, titled: Development of New Methods for Quantifying Fish Density Using Underwater Stereo-video Tools.
Ross Clark, director of MLML's Central Coast Wetlands Group, writes about the effects of marine heat waves on Northern California's kelp forest ecosystems for the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Article includes quote from MLML's phycologist, Dr. Mike Graham.
Read the article here: Earth Matters: Invasion of the warm marine blob
Research Faculty member Dr. Alison Stimpert serves a co-author for a large collaborative study on blue whales that has revealed preferences in the direction (right vs left handedness) that the whales will roll during lunge feeding. The study was published in Current Biology on November 20th, 2017 and featured in UCSC News, as well as The Guardian. You can download the paper for free for 50 days here.
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.
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.
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
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.