UC Davis and the Exploratorium Celebrate the New Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute


The Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute at UC Davis marked its recent launch with an evening of discussions and demonstrations at the Exploratorium this month.  The event brought together 200 alumni and other visitors for a sneak peek at current research coming out of the institute.  More than 50 UC Davis marine science faculty members and their graduate and undergraduate students set up interactive exhibits on topics including coastal fog and California topography, larval ecology and biology, ecology of seagrass beds, invasive species and habitat restoration, ocean acidification, and coastal oceanography.



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John Largier Invited to Serve Second Term for the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary


John Largier, CMSI Associate Director of Research, has recently been invited to serve a second term as the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council Primary seat on Research.  For further information about the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, see their website, http://farallones.noaa.gov/manage/sac.html

Tessa Hill Nominated to the California Academy of Sciences as a New Academy Fellow


Tessa Hill, CMSI Associate Director of Academic Programs, has recently been elected as a California Academy of Sciences,Academy Fellow.  Academy Fellows are a governing group of over 400 distinguished scientists who have made notable contributions to one or more of the natural sciences.  To read the entire announcement, please see the California Academy of Sciences website, http://www.calacademy.org/press/releases/california-academy-of-sciences-welcomes-new-fellows-%E2%80%A8bestows-annual-awards.  

Slime-Producing Molecules Help Spread Disease From Cats to Sea Otters


The spread of diseases from land animals to sea otters and other marine mammals is aided and abetted by gelatinous, sticky polymers produced by seaweed, reports a research team headed by a UC Davis veterinary infectious-disease expert, Karen Shapiro, DVM MPVM PhD, School of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology.  Other researchers on the study were Colin Krusor, Patricia A. Conrad, John L. Largier and Jonna A.K. Mazet, all of UC Davis, and Fernanda F.M. Mazzillo and Mary W. Silver, both of UC Santa Cruz.

These large, complex molecules form slimy biofilms and bind water-borne organic matter into larger particles, in which disease-causing microorganisms can become embedded and introduced to the marine food chain, the researchers discovered.

Using the parasite Toxoplasma gondii as a model, they showed how these sticky polymers increase the chance that disease-causing organisms would be picked up by marine snails, which graze on kelp and are among the common foods of some endangered sea otters.

Findings from the new study will be published Oct. 8 in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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Bay Area Oysters Show Symptoms of Climate Change


On a clear, crisp day in the tiny West Marin town of Marshall, California, clusters of visitors to the Hog Island Oyster Company feasted on raw oysters with an elaborate array of fixings. Barbecues were lined with shellfish as picnicking diners dripped exotic vinegars and other sauces onto the shells.

Not far away, in a rustic wooden shed tucked among the bubbling oyster tanks, scientist Tessa Hill stared into a computer screen – the technological implement standing in contrast to the quiet bay surroundings.

“We’re helping the oyster company monitor the water that’s flowing over these oysters,” Hill said, gesturing to a set of plastic pipes carrying water from the nearby Tomales Bay into the company’s gurgling tanks.

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Ecosystem Models for Fisheries Management: Finding the Sweet Spot


The linked article below, "Ecosystem models for fisheries management: finding the sweet spot" resulted from a workshop on Quantitative Approaches to Ecosystem Assessment, hosted by the Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute at UC Davis. The workshop was funded by GLOBEC and held at Bodega Bay, CA on 2–4 May 2012.

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John Largier Featured on KQED's Forum

Ocean Acidification's Far-Reaching Effects on Ecology, Economy

On Monday, Congressman Jared Huffman met with scientists, fishermen and business owners in Bodega Bay to discuss a looming threat to marine ecosystems in Northern California and around the world: ocean acidification. It's caused by increasing levels of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere. The health of the oceans was also the focus of an international conference at the U.S. State Department this week. We'll examine the problem and talk about President Obama's plan, announced on Tuesday, to use his executive authority to create the world's largest marine sanctuary in the south-central Pacific Ocean.

Concern About Ocean Acidity Prompting New Attention


It's been called the evil twin" of climate change, an environmental peril so daunting and widespread that it could undo much of the world's food web, undermine global nutrition and devastate coastal economies.

Ocean acidification, however, is often largely overlooked outside the circles of scientists, yet North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman is seeking to somehow change that and spur action on the issue before it's too late.

James Sanchirico among 2014 Distinguished Scholarly Public Service award recipients

University Outreach and International Programs

The Academic Senate Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award is presented annually to recognize significant contributions to the world, nation, state and community. Scholarly public service is an organized activity that extends a faculty member’s expertise in teaching, research or professional competence beyond the university campus and into local, state, national, or international public arenas. For purposes of this award, public service is the unpaid, sustained and direct extension of a faculty member’s disciplinary expertise to the public and non-profit section.

Professor John Largier elected to Council of The Oceanography Society

The Oceanography Society

On January 17, 2014 the Oceanography Society announced that John Largier, Professor at the Bodega Marine Laboratory, has been elected to the position of Applied Technology Councillor.

View the annoucement on their web site: http://www.tos.org/news.html.