The Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute (CMSI) coordinates and promotes new collaborative approaches to research that engage stakeholders and work to solve local, regional, and global challenges emerging in coastal systems.
Featured CMSI Research
Read about some of the long-term projects and innovative research being conducted on campus, in the field, and at our world-class research facility, the Bodega Marine Laboratory.
Ocean Acidification: Interdisciplinarity in Marine Science
When we think of the impacts of climate change, the words global warming, sea-level rise, and extreme weather will often come to mind. But another lesser-known, though equally serious, consequence of our anthropogenic footprint is the global acidification of our oceans.Category: Ocean Acidification
All Eyes on ARG: Bodega Marine Lab’s Best-Kept Secret
What does it take to study the ocean? It’s a lot harder than you might think, considering most marine research happens in a lab instead of the ocean itself. Imagine you are starting a project at Bodega Marine Laboratory (BML) and given only two weeks with limited funding to set up your study and collect all of the data you need to answer your research question. Data collection is an enormous task, but have you ever thought about the time it takes to replicate ocean environments on land? Researchers need access to a huge supply of seawater –often under very controlled conditions– and may also need access to marine life from intertidal or coastal waters that would have to be captured and brought back to the lab.Category: Education
Coral’s fight for climate survival, explained in DNA
Life finds a way.Category: Climate Change
Sustainable Fishery Policy for a Resilient Future
Healthy ocean environments provide vital life support for roughly 3 billion people living in coastal communities worldwide. These vibrant ecosystems deliver numerous benefits to coastal communities that often rely on ocean industries such as commercial fishing for sustenance and income. The resilience of coastal communities and the fishing industry is an issue garnering global attention as fish stocks are pushed to the brink of collapse by combined pressures of overfishing, habitat destruction, pollution, and climate change.Category: Sustainable Seafood
The Effects of Stress on Fish: Environmental PhysiologyMandy Frazier, PhD student in the Ecology Graduate Group, collecting juvenile Antarctic fishes under the sea ice in McMurdo Sound.Category: Evolution and Adaptation
Uncovering the Ecological Network in Bodega Bay
Stepping out onto the rocky shore of Bodega Bay, you would quickly notice that the intertidal zone is teeming with life. From mussels and barnacles to crabs and anemones, hundreds of species occupy these rocky areas - experts Jackie Sones and Dr. Eric Sanford estimate that there are about 250 different species that make their homes in this rocky intertidal zone in Bodega Bay!Category: Marine Ecology