CSU Marine and Coastal Science News

CSU Channel Islands Student Examines Sand Crabs, Microfibers and Plastic Particles
Dorothy Horn, a senior at CSU Channel Islands studying with Dr. Clare Steele, is examining the impact of microfibers and plastic particles on sand crabs. She has surveyed 18 beaches to date, and found plastic in about 60% of the sand crabs.
Posted: November 24, 2015

CSU Long Beach Researcher Studies Restored Coastal Wetlands to Determine "Success"
Dr. Christine Whitcraft at CSU Long Beach has been studying restored coastal wetlands in Huntington Beach. She has found that a more diverse community composition is the best measure of a thriving ecosystem. This research can provide a benefit to dozens of wetland restoration sites in California.
Posted: November 19, 2015

New Study Suggests That California's MPAs May Be Working, Slowly
A new study by CSU researchers reports on the first seven years of monitoring within four marine protected areas (MPAs) between San Francisco and Morro Bay. The research suggests that central California’s MPAs may eventually produce more and larger fishes than areas open to fishing, but the benefits could take time to accrue.
Posted: November 19, 2015


In Other News

New Anglerfish Species Discovered - Thanks to Oil Spill
A new anglerfish species was discovered in the Gulf of Mexico as a result of extra monitoring occuring since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. The fish is found in the bathypelagic zone (1000-4000 meters) and is one of 200 species of anglerfish worldwide.
Posted: November 25, 2015

Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Now Accepting Applications
The Knauss Fellowship matches highly qualified graduate students with "hosts" in the legislative and executive branch of government located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one year paid fellowship. Applications are due March 31, 2016.
Posted: November 10, 2015

Great White Shark Population Growing Due to El Nino
According to CSU biologist Chris Lowe, El Nino and warmer waters could be leading to increases in Great White shark populations off California coast.
Posted: November 2, 2015

Obama Designates Two New National Marine Sanctuaries
President Obama announced the creation of two new National Marine Sanctuaries: one off the coast of Maryland, and the other in Lake Michigan. They are the first new National Marine Sanctuaries designated in 15 years.
Posted: October 5, 2015