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​In an effort to combat coastal erosion caused by sea level rise, Dr. Danielle Zacherl and her team are studying the combined effects of eelgrass and oyster beds along Upper Newport Bay in Southern California. The team hopes to unravel the impacts of restoring ​ these native habitats over the next year to determine the best strategies in developing these living shorelines. 


​Dr. Birgitte McDonald​, an Associate Professor at SJSU's Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, is tracking how climate change affects emperor penguins in the Antarctic. As the warmer climate melts their ice shelf habitat, more populations may be forced to migrate as thinning ice leading to ice-breaking can cause reproductive failure and population decline. ​​


​“Sea level rise in California is bad news for beaches, worse news for coastal access and terrible news for meaningful coastal access and environmental justice,”​ says Dr. Kiki Patsch. Dr. Patsch is leading a project with researchers from CSU Channel Islands, ​San Francisco State, and UC Santa Barbara, to study how sea-level rise is disproportionally affecting beach access for underserved communities. A grant from CSU COAST funded this project, in partnership with California Sea Grant, as part of the State Science Information Needs Program (SSINP)​.​​

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