Healthy Coastal and Marine Ecosystems
Evaluating potential cascading impacts of sea star wasting disease on top-down grazer regulation in kelp forests
Previous studies in California have documented significant correlations between predator densities, increased herbivore (i.e.
Impact of Neonicotinoid Pesticides on Estuaries and Coastal Streams
Neonicotinoids are the most widely used pesticides worldwide – used in agriculture, pest control, professional landscaping, home garden care and pet treatments – and have been linked to declines in
Filling the “white zone”: New methods for interpolating seafloor attributes in California’s critical unmapped nearshore habitats
The lack of seafloor habitat data and maps in the shallow nearshore zone, or “white zone,” is a serious impediment to science and management of this ecologically and economically important environm
Effects of climate change induced ocean acidification and hypoxia on reproduction of rockfishes
Climate change is expected to increase exposure of nearshore California Current organisms to ocean acidification and hypoxia (sublethal to lethal levels of dissolved oxygen).
Deciphering the Soundscapes of the Coastal Shelf: Using Passive Acoustics for Assessing Fish Dynamics in Southern California Kelp Forests
Passive acoustics are a relatively new and cost-effective method for monitoring animal activities and diversity, as well as other environmental features.
Behavioral-physical regulation of nearshore retention and cross-shelf transport of fish larvae in a network of marine reserves
Our limited understanding of larval connectivity between Marine Protected Areas (MPA) was perhaps the biggest impediment to designing the California’s MPA network to fulfill the Marine Life Protect
Nearshore Nonlinear Internal Waves: Propagation, Transport, Mixing and Controls on Larvae, Phytoplankton, and Nutrients
Nearshore waters (depth < 15 m) are of critical ecological and economic importance.
Species Distribution Models for Management of Fisheries and MPAs: innovative approaches to cost-effective data collection in California
As marine resource managers continue to adopt ecosystem-based approaches, there is a growing need to acquire reliable spatial information on species distributions.
Understanding the role of oyster mariculture on ecosystem health in coastal California: water quality in Drakes Estero before and after oyster mariculture
Oyster aquaculture is well established on the U.S. Pacific coast.
Octopus predatory behavior, spatial ecology, and their impact on abalone populations
Octopuses are one of the most common and important predators in benthic coastal ecosystems. Their prey includes recovering and endangered abalone populations in southern California.