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Saving White Abalone with UC Davis Project Scientist Kristin Aquilino

November 18, 2019

UC Davis project scientist Kristin Aquilino directs the Bodega Marine Laboratory's white abalone captive breeding program. In this video, she discusses the work she and her colleagues are doing to bring the endangered species back from the brink of extinction. This week marks the first time captive bred white abalone will be released to the ocean in hopes of saving the species.

An Undersea Forest In Decline

November 15, 2019

Envision California’s lush forests from San Francisco to the Oregon border. Now imagine that 90 percent of those forests disappear within two years. Laura Rogers-Bennett, senior environmental scientist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, says that’s exactly what happened to underwater kelp forests off Northern California’s coastline from 2014-16.

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How Giant Kelp May Respond to Climate Change

November 13, 2019

In a Changing Ocean, Giant Kelp’s Reproductive Success Depends on Where It’s From

When a marine heat wave hit California’s coast in 2014, it brought ocean temperatures that were high for Northern California but fairly normal for a Southern California summer. Much of the giant kelp in the north died in the heat wave, while southern populations survived.

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LAURELS: UC Davis Muir Institute Names New Fellows

October 16, 2019

The John Muir Institute of the Environment recently named its 2019 Muir Institute Fellows, an interdisciplinary mix of seven faculty and staff members engaged in the fight against climate change. Each receives $5,000 in research funding. Fellows inlcude several CMSI faculty.

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What's killing sea otters? Parasite strain from cats

August 22, 2019

Many wild southern sea otters in California are infected with the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, yet the infection is fatal for only a fraction of sea otters, which has long puzzled the scientific community. A new study identifies the parasite's specific strains that are killing southern sea otters, tracing them back to a bobcat and feral domestic cats from nearby watersheds.

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Graduate Student Recognized as Future Leader in Fisheries

August 12, 2019

Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries (MCCF) is pleased to announce this year’s recipient of the Paul R. Lewis Internship award. Paul R. Lewis, himself, presented the award to intern, Eliza Oldach in Stonington at the MCCF headquarters.

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