CSU Marine and Coastal Science News

SFSU Receives $2.9 million NSF Research Traineeship Grant
San Francisco State University's Romberg Tiburon Center recently received a $2.9 million Research Traineeship Grant from NSF to offer a new interdisciplinary masterís program in marine and estuarine science. The program will prepare students for careers in urban coastal communities, solving problems such as climate change, ocean acidification, sea level rise, introduced and invasive species and coastal development.
Posted: October 20, 2016

Cal Poly SLO Researchers and Students Monitor Ocean Conditions From the Cal Poly Pier
Cal Poly SLO researchers Dr. Ryan Walter and Dr. Dean Wendt utilize the Cal Poly Pier to deploy instruments, study ocean condtiions and involve students in their research. Their project partners include SCCOOS and CeNCOOS.
Posted: October 12, 2016

CSULB Researcher Confirm No Detectable Fukushima Radiation Entering West Coast Ecosystem
Dr. Steven Manley of CSU Long Beach, along with partners at UC Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, have found no radiation entered the kelp ecosystem on the West Coast. The project was initiated in 2014 with funding from CSU COAST and USC Sea Grant. 
Posted: October 4, 2016

Sonoma State Researcher Heads to Antarctica to Study Climate Change
Dr. Sean Place of Sonoma State University received an NSF grant to study how climate change might affect species living in extreme cold environments. The molecular biologist is specifically studying how temperature affects fish that have evolved in sub-zero waters over millions of years. 
Posted: September 29, 2016


In Other News

First Evidence of Deep-Sea Animals Ingesting Microplastics
Scientists have found evidence of plastic microfibers ingested by deep sea animals in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
Posted: October 12, 2016

Obama Designates 1st Marine National Monument In The Atlantic Ocean
During the Our Ocean conference in Washington, D.C., President Obama announced the creation of the first national marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean. The 4,913-square-mile Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument is the size of Connecticut and has been called an "underwater Yellowstone".
Posted: September 20, 2016

Fish Pee, Coral's Number One Nutrient Supply, Cut by Fishing
Fish urine provides valuable nutrients to the food chain of coral reefs, but scientists are finding that fishing disrupts the natural process.
Posted: August 29, 2016

Beach Erosion a Major Threat to California's Beaches
The combination of beach erosion and sea level rise pose a threat to Calfornia's sandy beaches. Researchers from UC San Diego’s Scripps Center for Coastal Studies are measuring the erosion to better understand and quantify erosion rates.
Posted: August 24, 2016