News & Events

Humboldt State University Gifted New ROV
Humboldt State University gifted new ROV from the Naval Facilities Expeditionary Warfare Center. The Max Rover is larger than its eight-year-old predecessor and can submerge up to 3,000 feet below sea level.
Posted: September 17, 2014

Ocean Acidification Affects Mussels' Ability to Attach
Researchers have found that increased carbon dioxide weakens the sticky fibers that mussels use to survive by clinging to objects like shorelines or the ropes used by commercial harvesters. The global mussel farming sector is valued at $1.5 billion a year.
Posted: September 15, 2014

Five CSU Faculty Receive Large NSF Grant for Ocean Acidification Research
Dr. Cheryl Logan (CSUMB), Dr. Scott Hamilton (MLML), and Drs. Brian Tissot, Eric Bjorkstedt and Jeffrey Abell (Humboldt State) have received an award of nearly $900,000 from NSF to study ocean acidification and hypoxia. This team recevied support from COAST to collect the preliminary data that went into the proposal that helped them win the grant. Congratulations!
Posted: September 3, 2014

New Methane Gas Leaks Found on Atlantic Seafloor
Researchers have discovered 570 methane gas plumes off the coast from North Carolina to Massachusetts at depths of 180-600 meters. The seeps suggest that methane’s contribution to climate change has been underestimated in some models.
Posted: August 27, 2014

Ocean Polluted by Paint Dust
Researchers have discovered the top millimeter of the ocean is polluted with paint and fiberglass particles. The microscopic fragments come from the decks and hulls of boats, and they could pose a threat to zooplankton.
Posted: August 19, 2014

Massive Red Tide Bloom Off Florida's Gulf of Mexico Coast
An 80-mile wide red tide bloom in the Gulf of Mexico is moving toward the Florida coast. Red tide occurs when naturally occurring algae bloom out of control, producing toxins deadly to fish and other marine life. This bloom has killed thousands of fish in the Gulf of Mexico to date.
Posted: August 11, 2014

CSU Monterey Bay Hosts Ocean Science REU Program
The Summer Ocean Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates at CSUMB is a 10-week program funded by NSF. CSUMB is one of 33 universities in the United States to receive the NSF grant for ocean science research — and the only one in the California State University system.
Posted: August 11, 2014

Mercury Rising in the World's Oceans
New research shows that ocean waters shallower than about 100 meters (300 feet) have tripled in mercury concentration since the Industrial Revolution. Mercury is a naturally occurring element as well as a by-product of such human activities as burning coal.
Posted: August 7, 2014

California Ocean Science Trust Invites You To Take the Central Coast Monitoring Survey
California Ocean Science Trust invites coordinators and managers of monitoring projects on the Central Coast to take the Central Coast Monitoring Survey, available through August 29th. Your participation will help the Ocean Science Trust and its partners at California Department of Fish and Wildlife and California Ocean Protection Council design and implement the next phase of Central Coast MPA monitoring. For more details about the survey please visit the Central Coast region page on
Posted: August 1, 2014

CSUMB Graduate Student Awarded Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship from NOAA
CSU Monterey Bay student Emily Aiken was one of three students nationwide awarded the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship from NOAA. The Program provides support for independent graduate-level studies in oceanography, marine biology, or maritime archaeology, particularly by women and members of minority groups. Emily is pursuing a M.S. degree in Applied Marine and Watershed Science and her thesis is developed around a ROV project in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.
Posted: July 31, 2014