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​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. ​


​Dr. Amanda Kahn, invertebrate biologist at San José State University, was one of the researchers who first discovered the mysterious “garden” of pearl octopuses at the base of the Davidson Seamount huddled upside down with their arms wrapped around their bodies. Dr. Kahn and her collaborators recently published their historic findings as researchers around the world are now seeking out other potential octopus nursery sites. ​


​Bull kelp plays a crucial role in marine ecosystems by promoting water cleanliness and mitigating climate change impacts. It also holds cultural importance as a food source for coastal Tribal communities. The collaborative project led by Cal Poly Humboldt and involving many diverse partner organizations, focused on assessing the growth viability of bull kelp in Humboldt Bay, offering valuable insights for future aquaculture endeavors.​

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