• CMBC Grads making Waves

    Posted on June 14th, 2017 Chris Knight No comments

    We once again take a few minutes to follow some of our CMBC graduates as they make a difference in the world of marine science

     

    STEPHANIE NEHASILSTEPHANIE NEHASIL (MAS-MBC 2010) has received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship award and was admitted as a PhD student into the UCSD Department of Biology.  She will be working with the Kurle lab and NOAA SWFSC on how environmental variability drives predator-prey dynamics in the California Current Ecosystem.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ERENDIRA ACEVES (MAS-MBC 2009ERENDIRA ACEVES (MAS-MBC 2009) has completed her Ph.D. at the Bren School(UCSB) working on the ecological and social impacts of Gulf of California Pelagic Fisheries. Focusing primarily on artisanal fisheries, her research seeks to understand the social and ecological consequences of different spatial management tools to inform policy-making.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    JENNIFER MCWHORTER (MAS-MBC - 2014)JENNIFER MCWHORTER (MAS-MBC – 2014) is featured in this 13 minute clip about what she does as Public Relations Coordinator for the Coastal Data Information Program (CDIP) and the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCOOS).

    “In my current position, I communicate various applications of oceanographic data observations to a broad audience of stakeholders. My time is split between the Coastal Data Information Program (CDIP) and the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS) both of which focus on applied science. CDIP owns and operates a network of 65 wave buoys around the entire U.S. including the Puerto Rico, Guam, the Marshall Island, Palau and American Samoa. ”

     

  • The Loss of Reef Urchins

    Posted on May 12th, 2017 Chris Knight No comments

    This is a cross post from Dr. Richard Norris on facebook who, along with Dr. Katie Cramer, have recently produced a short film documenting their very cool research on the relationship between urchins, damsel fish, and human exploitation on the coral reefs of the Caribbean:

    “Here’s a new video on work that Katie Cramer and I have done on the tangled interactions between urchins, fish, algae and reef heath in the Caribbean Mesoamerican Reef. We tracked the abundance of long-spined urchins over 3000 years to understand their role in reef health. The surprise was to discover that human over-fishing, encouraged the growth of algae-farming damsel fish, who compete with algae-grazing urchins. The resulting bloom of algae has contributed to reef die-off in recent years… Turns out we need those top predators after all…similar to the links between wolves and stream vegetation in Yellowstone, and Orcas and kelp in Alaska.”

     

  • CMBC Alumni Making Waves

    Posted on May 3rd, 2017 Chris Knight No comments

    This week, we’re taking a look at 2 alum who are making a difference in shaping both the way we manage and measure the health of our oceans as we look for the best ways to protect them.

    PALOMA AGUIRE (MAS-MBC 2015)PALOMA AGUIRRE (MAS-MBC 2015) after serving her John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship at the Office of US Senator Cory Booker, she is continuing her awesome ocean career at the Pew Charitable Trusts working as their Federal Fisheries Policy Analyst. Her primary responsibilities include leading efforts to advance ecosystem-based fishery management and maintain core fish conservation requirements in federal legislation and regulations through policy analyses, public comment letters on proposed rules, legislative proposals and summaries.

    Look here for more information about the work the Pew Trust is doing towards Federal Ocean Policy.

     

    MELISSA OMAND (PH.D. 2011)MELISSA OMAND (PH.D. 2011), currently an Assistant Professor for the University of Rhode Island, was recently named one of the 10 scientists to watch by Science News. She has been studying the mechanisms — such as currents and the dining and dying of microorganisms — that move carbon and nutrients through the ocean. Understanding these movements and their effect on the oceans ability to absorb carbon dioxide are being recognized as vital to “predicting the fate of our climate.”

    To learn more about Dr. Omand’s very cool work, Science News has got you covered:
    https://www.sciencenews.org/article/melissa-omand-oceanographer-sn-10-scientists-watch?mode=pick&context=172

     

     

  • CMBC Alumni Making Waves

    Posted on April 19th, 2017 Chris Knight No comments

    As a new feature to the CMBC blog “A view from the pier”, we want to take a little time and highlight some of our CMBC graduates and the amazing work they are doing as they help shape the future of our oceans.

    In our first installment, we feature AMBER JACKSON & EMILY CALLAHAN (MAS-MBC 2014), who are currently being profiled in Scripps Explorations Now. They co-founded  Blue Latitudes, an organization that uses scientific research to form a comprehensive study of the ecological, socio-economic, and advocacy issues surrounding California’s Rigs-to-Reefs law and program while providing neutral and scientifically based consulting services to various clients. Working with gas and oil companies and environmental groups, their goals include the assessment of existing structures and determining whether they are good candidates for Rigs-to-Reefs conversion. Supporting unique ecosystems with previously unmeasured economic potential, Blue Latitudes is helping determine the future of these oil rigs that are nearing the end of their service lives. All told, some pretty cool and relevant work that may have a big impact on the nearshore waters of the Southern California Bight.

    Enjoy an amazing look at the prolific and unique marine life that exists under the platforms.