CSU Marine and Coastal Science News

Dr. Andreas Haas, SDSU, Finds Too Much Algae Can Disrupt Coral Reef Ecosystem Food Chain
A new study led by Dr. Andreas Haas at San Diego State University finds that an overabundance of algae in coral reef ecosystems can disrupt the entire food chain. Overfishing and eutrophication are the two leading causes of increased algal cover.
Posted: April 27, 2016

Dr. Sarah Cohen and Elizabeth Sheets of SFSU Receive the Cover of Ecology and Evolution
An article by Dr. Sarah Cohen and Elizabeth Sheets of San Francisco State University on tropical marine invasive tunicates is on the cover of Ecology and Evolution this month!
Posted: April 20, 2016

SDSU's Dr. Jillian Maloney Searches for Underwater Migration Routes off California Coast
Dr. Jillian Maloney of San Diego State University is working with archaeologists, geoscientists and biologists to find out when and how modern humans arrived in the Americas.
Posted: April 11, 2016

Dr. Katharyn Boyer and Evyan Borgnis of SFSU Publish Results About the Effect of Increased Salinity on Aquatic Plants
Dr. Katharyn Boyer and Evyan Borgnis (both COAST awardees) of San Francisco State University recently published their results on the effects of increased salinity on submerged aquatic vegetation in the San Francisco Estuary.
Posted: April 6, 2016


In Other News

Think Beyond Plastic's 2016 Innovation Campaign Now Accepting Applications
The 2016 Think Beyond Plastic Innovation Competition is accepting applications through March 31 to develop solutions to the global plastic pollution problem through innovation in materials, manufacturing, product design or recycling.
Posted: March 30, 2016

Underwater Robots Can Be Programmed to Make Independent Decisions
New autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) can independently study the ocean and its inhabitants. Dr. Mark Moline, formerly of Cal Poly SLO, recently co-authored a paper in Robotics on enabling AUVs to synthesize sound data in real-time so that it can independently make decisions about what action to take next.
Posted: March 2, 2016

Feds Approve Offshore Aquaculture in Gulf of Mexico
NOAA announced that it will allow large-scale fish farming in federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico. According to NOAA, 90% of fish in the US is imported and half of this is farmed.
Posted: February 8, 2016

WHOI Expedition Explores Galapagos Seamounts, Discovers New Shark Species
WHOI researchers conduct first scientific expedition to explore deep-sea seamounts surrounding the Galapagos Islands using an AUV. The team discovered a new species of catshark as a result of this expedition.
Posted: February 1, 2016