Healthy Coastal and Marine Ecosystems
To prepare for climate change, California Sea Grant funds emergency research on El Niño storms
California Sea Grant is providing Program Development Awards, designed for rapid disbursement, to scientists tracking the impacts of El Niño this winter.
Consequences of El Niño on estuarine acidification impacts on native and commercial oysters
Estuarine ecosystems important to native and cultured oyster species are particularly sensitive to sea level rise, rising temperatures and ocean acidification.
Krill and Krill Predators: Ecosystem-Based Management in the Gulf of the Farallones-Cordell Bank Krill Production Domain
Euphausiid crustaceans (krill) are a critical source of carbon in marine food webs, providing food for hake, Chinook and Coho salmon, rockfishes, seabirds and large whales.
Hydrologic and geomorphic changes to southern California estuaries and lagoons during episodic events associated with the 2015-2016 El Niño: Insight to potential future response to sea level rise
Sea level rise and increased storm severity is expected to impact coastal lagoons and estuaries, but the magnitude and pattern of response at specific locations is uncertain.
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