MLML Welcomes Dr. Luke Gardner, New California Sea Grant Extension Specialist

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.

Read the California Sea Grant press release here, which includes a quote from our phycologist, Dr. Michael Graham:

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.

Announcing MLML’s New Chemical Oceanographer: Dr. Maxime Grand!

MLML is excited to welcome a new Chemical Oceanography faculty member: Dr. Maxime Grand.  He will be joining us this coming August!

Dr. Maxime Grand is recognized for his work as a chemical oceanographer and analytical chemist. His research interests focus on the biogeochemical cycling of trace metals and nutrients in coastal and open ocean regimes and their biological implications. His analytical work revolves around the development of autonomous microfluidic analyzers, also known as optofluidic sensors, which are well suited to investigate complex nutrient and trace metal dynamics in situ.

Dr. Grand holds a PhD from the Department of Oceanography at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, a MS in Applied Marine Science from the University of Plymouth (UK), a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Science from the University of Auckland (NZ) and a BS in Global Environmental Science from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. Immediately after completing his academic training, Dr. Grand was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Southampton National Oceanography Centre (UK). Dr. Grand is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, where he is leading the development of a National Science Foundation funded oceanography summer bridge program, which aims to improve the recruitment of underrepresented Native Hawaiian students into baccalaureate geoscience programs.

Announcing MLML’s New Invertebrate Zoologist: Dr. Amanda Kahn!

MLML is excited to welcome a new Invertebrate Zoology faculty member: Dr. Amanda Kahn.  She will be starting her Assistant Faculty position in Fall of 2019, and likely will be conducting postdoctoral research at MBARI during this next year.

Amanda studied biology and environmental chemistry as an undergraduate at CSU East Bay, then received her MSc in Marine Science here at MLML (through CSUMB) under the guidance of Dr. Jon Geller.  She received her PhD in Ecology, supervised by Dr. Sally Leys, at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where she is currently a postdoctoral researcher.

Amanda’s research broadly focuses on movement of food energy (carbon) within and between ecosystems and on how suspension feeders facilitate this movement – especially in food-poor ecosystems.  Her doctoral and postdoctoral work have specifically focused on carbon flow mediated by sponges in the food-poor deep waters of the North Pacific and Atlantic.


Jason Adelaars, MLML Research Technician, awarded Wendell Ayers Memorial Leadership Award from the Monterey Bay Aquarium

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.

Dr. Karin Forney, MLML Research Affiliate, publishes paper on noise impacts to marine mammals

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.

Recent graduate, Christian Denney, publishes MLML thesis research

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.

MLML’s Ross Clark writes about marine heat waves in Santa Cruz Sentinel article

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