San José State graduate student, Anna Rothstein, interned with the NOAA West Coast Regional office this summer where she gained hands-on experience in ocean policy. Anna was selected as one of 85 finalists across the country for the 2024 John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program. Congratulations, Anna!
As part of the California Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring and Alert Program, Cal Poly’s Plankton Ecology and Coastal Oceanography Lab monitors for harmful algal blooms off the central California coast. The same dinoflagellates that cause red tides are also the organisms responsible for the beautiful turquoise light show many of the SLO County beaches are famous for.
Dr. Ruttenberg, who also serves as the Director for the Center for Coastal Marine Sciences, leads monthly student surveys of the iconic clams at Pismo Beach. Once dubbed “Clam Capital of the World,” the bivalves were nearly harvested to extinction in the 1940s. One possible reason for the population boom could be a recent abundance of food, leading to higher larval survival rates.
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