CSU Marine and Coastal Science News

SDSU Researcher Receives NSF Funding to Study Climate Change Impacts on California Fisheries
Dr. Arielle Levine of SDSU is part of a research team that received an NSF Coastal SEES grant this week to study the impact of climate change on California fisheries. NSF awarded 8 grants totalling $13 million in this third set of coastal sustainability grants.
Posted: September 23, 2016

Researchers at SFSU Work with Smithsonian Institution to Study Marine Ecosystems
Drs. Kathy Boyer and Karen Crow have joined a global partnership, led by Smithsonian Institution, to monitor marine ecosystems, including seagrass beds, mudflat habitats and salt marshes, in San Francisco Bay. SFSU is the first West Coast institution to join the global project.
Posted: September 20, 2016

CSUMB's Dr. James Lindholm Discusses Marine Protected Areas on NPR
Dr. James Lindholm of California State University, Monterey Bay was featured on NPR's Your Call: Restoring the oceans to discuss President Obama's expansion of Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument and Marine Protected Areas.
Posted: September 14, 2016

Humboldt State Researchers Assess Kelp Decline in Humboldt County
Dr. Frank Shaughnessy of HSU has determined that kelp beds in Humboldt County have been spared the steep declines found elsewhere in the state. In some parts of the state, kelp forests are up to 93% smaller than in years past due to warmer water and an increase in herbivorous predators.
Posted: September 8, 2016


In Other News

Obama Designates 1st Marine National Monument In The Atlantic Ocean
During the Our Ocean conference in Washington, D.C., President Obama announced the creation of the first national marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean. The 4,913-square-mile Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument is the size of Connecticut and has been called an "underwater Yellowstone".
Posted: September 20, 2016

Fish Pee, Coral's Number One Nutrient Supply, Cut by Fishing
Fish urine provides valuable nutrients to the food chain of coral reefs, but scientists are finding that fishing disrupts the natural process.
Posted: August 29, 2016

Beach Erosion a Major Threat to California's Beaches
The combination of beach erosion and sea level rise pose a threat to Calfornia's sandy beaches. Researchers from UC San Diego’s Scripps Center for Coastal Studies are measuring the erosion to better understand and quantify erosion rates.
Posted: August 24, 2016

New Whale Species Discovered in Alaska
A whale carcass discovered in Alaska has been determined to be a new species of beaked whale. There are 88 recognized living cetacean species worldwide.
Posted: August 3, 2016