MLML Research Faculty Dr. Holly Bowers publishes paper on harmful algal blooms in Monterey Bay

MLML congratulates one of our Research Faculty, Dr. Holly A. Bowers, on her just published article on the role of species composition in determining the potential domoic acid toxicity of our frequent Pseudo-nitzschia blooms in the bay.  The article compares across years 2013 and 2015, the latter was part of the superbloom that ultimately caused the closure of crab fisheries along the Pacific coast.  Bowers and her collaborators, including MLML's April Woods and G. Jason Smith, make use of several state of the art sampling platforms and techniques.

See the article Here.


MLML Alum, Cyndi Dawson, Named Executive Director of O’Neill Sea Odyssey

MLML congratulates Alum Cyndi Dawson on her new job as executive director for O'Neill Sea Odyssey, a non-profit encouraging ocean stewardship.  Cyndi was a member of the Fisheries & Conservation Biology Lab, and her thesis was on the movement and habitat of prickly shark in Monterey Bay.

Read about her appointment in this Santa Cruz Sentinel article.

Click here to read about her time at MLML.


Invertebrate Zoology Lab Member, Amanda Heidt, is this year’s KQED-CSUMB Fuhs Science Communication Fellow

MLML congratulates Invertebrate Zoology lab student Amanda Heidt! Amanda was selected as the 2018 KQED-CSUMB Fuhs Science Communication Fellow. The Fuhs Family Foundation has provided funding for a one year $10,000 scholarship and a paid summer internship in science communication at KQED Public Media in San Francisco. Amanda is splitting her time between researching and developing story lines for the Emmy-award winning short video series Deep Look as well as writing stories for KQED’s Science News team. She is excited to learn more about new ways to engage people with science across different media platforms.

About KQED Science: KQED Science brings you award-winning science and environment coverage from the Bay Area and beyond. KQED Science is the largest multimedia science and environment journalism and education unit in Northern California. They aim to explore pressing science and environment news, trends and events from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond with its award-winning, multimedia reporting on television, radio and the Web. KQED Science also produces educator resources and actively engages in community outreach around science and environment issues.

You can track her progress by following her on Twitter and Instagram @Scatter_Cushion.

MLML Shark Expert Dr. Dave Ebert makes numerous news appearances talking about shark sightings in the Monterey Bay!

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:

Stay tuned for next month's Shark Week, which will feature more Dr. Ebert plus MLML graduate students!

MLML’s Dr. Colleen Durkin is co-PI for upcoming NASA Earth EXPORTS project

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 and here.