Professor John Largier on NBC Bay Area

Bodega Bay Marine Laboratory Professor John Largier was recently interviewed by NBC Bay Area about Dungeness crabs and domoic acid. In the interview, Professor Largier describes the effects of warmer water temperatures on algal blooms, which have caused a domoic acid build-up in the crabs. 

Watch the video here.


1st Place Graduate Student Poster Presentation

Congratulations to Rachel Wigginton for being award 1st place for Graduate Student Poster Presentation at the CERF meeting! Her poster was titled "Does restoration approach alter short-term recovery for estuarine invertebrates after eradication of an invasive plant?"

Find out more details about the conference here

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Professor Susan Williams on ABC7 News

UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory professor, Susan Williams, Ph.D., was interviewed by ABC7 News about her recent study. Her study links tiny plastic fibers, believed to come from manmade fabrics, in fishes' guts.  

Watch the full news feature here!

Read the full study here


Mia Tegner Award Winner

Congratulations to Olivia Rhoades (Bodega Marine Laboratory, University of California, Davis) for winning the Mia Tegner Award at the Western Society of Naturalists (WSN) Conference–held from November 5th-8th– for Applied Ecology/Conservation Biology. Her award-winning paper is titled "Feed or Flee: Impacts of Fishing and Diving on Fish Foraging and Ecological Function Across Marine Reserves".

More here

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Pack, Snap, and Send It!

We would like to feature pictures of you with your CMSI bag - like UC Davis Professor Nann Fangue on the Oregon coast below!  Please send pictures to cmsinews@ucdavis.edu

Nann Fangue with CMSI bag

And if you'd like a CMSI bag of your own, come pick one up at CMSI, 1347 Storer Hall.


Video Contest winner

Congratulations to our Video Contest winner Megan Hill! Megan, a fourth year Marine and Coastal Science major, participated in the Bodega Marine Laboratory's Summer Session II. Her video "A Day in Bodega Bay 2015" captures the beautiful scenery and biota of Bodega Bay, the unique aspects of student research, and the camaraderie among students.

Watch the video here!


UC Davis Study Links Manmade Debris to Fish on Consumers' Plates

The study, conducted by UC Davis and Hasanuddin University in Indonesia, directly links plastic or fibrous material to fish on consumers' dinner plates. The researchers sampled fish from California and Indonesia and found the plastic and fibers in the fishes' guts. 

Read the article on the UC Davis home page, or the study here

Read the Los Angeles Times' article on the study here


CMSI's Dr. John Largier quoted in Press Democrat article

The Press Democrat recently published an article that discusses the current unusually warm ocean water tempuratures in one of the worst seasons for salmon catch in Sonoma County. In the article, Dr. John Largier describes the warm ocean water trend. 

Read the article here.  


Bodega Marine Lab: UCD is Poised to Lead in Aquaculture

Part two of the Davis Enterprise's feature on UC Davis' "marine powerhouse" Bodega Marina Laboratory focuses on the lab's role as a leader in the field of aquaculture, the agriculture of aquatic species.

Read part 2 here


UCD's Bodega Lab is a 'marine powerhouse'

The Davis Enterprise features an in-depth article on UC Davis’ Bodega Marine Laboratory, a long-time powerhouse in the marine sciences, in a two-part series. The first article looks at the history and mission of the Bodega Marina Laboratory– how it is being used and by whom. 

Click here to read Part 1. 


Dr. John Largier and Douglas George Publish Paper

Dr. John Largier and Douglas George from UC Davis' Bodega Marine Laboratory and colleagues recently published a paper on California headlands and littoral cells. The paper focuses on advancing an understanding of headland dynamics and littoral cell boundaries in order to improve regional sediment management decisions.

Read the full paper here


Article features the work of CMSI's Dr. John Largier at Bodega's Marine Laboratory

The article, published in the North Bay Bohemian, discusses the effects of warmer ocean temperatures on the presence of multiple biotoxins in the coastal ocean environment. As ocean temperatures increase and algal blooms start earlier and last longer, biochemicals fatal to human and marine life are produced.

Read the article here.  


Dr. Emily Rivest Interviewed by KQED Newsroom

UC Davis' Bodega Marine Laboratory researcher, Dr. Emily Rivest, was recently interviewed by KQED Newsroom as part of a panel to discuss ocean acidification, ocean health, and Monterey Bay!

Watch the full interview here


NOAA Features White Abalone As "Species in the Spotlight"

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is featuring white abalone as part of its Species in the Spotlightcampaign. White abalone is listed as an endangered species, and scientists are working on restoring their populations to avoid extinction. Kristin Aquilino runs the white abalone captive breeding program at Bodega Marine Lab and describes the challenges she's faced in this podcast.


Anne Todgham & Colleagues Publish Study in Science Daily

Animal Science Department's Anne Todgham and colleagues from UC Davis and San Francisco State University have conducted the first study analyzing Antarctic fish's response to climate change. They found that increased levels of CO2 and higher temperatures in the ocean affect the survival of Antarctic dragonfish.

Read the study here.


Changing central Pacific El Ninos reduce stability of North American salmon survival rates

Pacific salmon are a dominant component of the northeast Pacific ecosystem.  Their status is of concern because salmon abundance is highly variable - including protected stocks, a recently closed fishery, and actively managed fisheries that provide substantial ecosystem services.  Variable ocean conditions, such as the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), have influenced these fisheries, while diminished diversity of freshwater habitats have increased variability via the portfolio effect.  The authors address the question of how recent changes in ocean conditions will affect populations of two salmon species.

Click here to read the research article by D. Patrick Kilduff, Emanuele Di Lorenzo, Louis Botsford, and Steven Teo.


Douglas George Publishes Study in BAAMA Journal

Bodega Marine Lab's Douglas George has published a study in The Journal for the Bay Area Geospatial Community on headland classification. 

Click here to read "Making Headland Classes from a Geospatial Mash-Up."


Mark Bittman's "What Oysters Reveal About Sea Change" Released Today in New York Times

Mark Bittman's webseries California Matters focuses on sustainable agriculture in California. In the third episode of the series, Bittman visits Hog Island Oyster Co. with Tessa Hill to discuss the impact of ocean acidification on the oyster industry. 

Watch the video here and 


New Work Out On Seabirds and Ocean Conditions by Annie Schmidt and Loo Botsford

CMSI affiliate Louis Botsford and researchers from the UC Davis Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology and Point Blue Conservation Science have released a new study in PLOS ONE. The study looks at the changing relationships between ocean conditions and the survival rates of seabirds. The research uses historic climate data to estimate past influence on the demography of the Brandt's cormorant seabird and then uses these relationships to project populations under future climates. 

Click here to read the research article. 


Jay Stachowicz Featured in NewScientist

CMSI affiliate Jay Stachowicz has been quoted in NewScientist's weekly column, Zoologger. In the feature, Stachowicz explains the decorator crab's ability to adapt to its surroundings by attaching items such as seaweed and sponges to its shell. Stachowicz has conducted research focusing on the decorator crab and its natural history.  

Click here to read the article.


Laura Jurgen's Publication on Sea Urchin Die-Off Featured on NBC Bay Area

Laura Jurgen's report in PLOS ONE has been featured on NBC Bay Area. In the news segment, Jurgens discusses the way in which algal blooms have caused massive die-offs of various marine species, and how these events are impacting the marine ecosystem. 

Click here to watch the video, and click here to read more about this publication. 


CMSI Affiliate Dawn Sumner Discusses the Possibility of Life on Mars

Dawn Sumner, a geology professor and chair of UC Davis' Earth and Planetary Sciences Department, is also a member of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory. Sumner works with a team of engineers and scientists to guide the rover Curiosity's journey across Mars. Sumner has also studied microbial rocks found in lake beds in Antarctica, and discovered that her findings could also apply to Martian geography. Read the recently published article in News Review outlining her path to her passion for science and mentoring. 


BML Scientists Call for Better Documenting of Marine Die-Offs

Scientists at Bodega Marine Lab have published a report in PLOS ONE. The report brings attention to the importance of proper documenting of mass ocean mortalities such as those that occured after the 2011 toxic "red tide" algal bloom. The team studied the mortality of purple urchins and sea stars, whose die-offs have reshaped the intertidal zones. Because climate change is likely to cause similar trends in mortality, scientists stress the need for more comprehensive methods of monitoring. Click here to read the report, and read the news story in the Santa Cruz Sentinel here.

Listen to lead author Laura Jurgens feature on Capital Public Radio.


UC Davis staff joins Santa Barbara Oil Spill Response Crews

UC Davis' Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN) has joined response crews in Santa Barbara in the aftermath of last week's oil spill. Although the oil spill released 105,000 gallons of crude oil, OWCN Director Mike Ziccardi reports that it is still too soon to assess the spill's impacts of local wildlife, and that health effects to birds and mammals may be delayed. Read more here and watch this wonderful video featuring Ziccardi and the OWCN's efforts.


The History of Bodega Head

Many know Bodega Head as the home of the UC Davis marine biology program and laboratory, but very few know of the promontory's history with nuclear energy. In the 1950s, the beautiful Bodega Head captured the attention of energy giant PG&E, which wanted to build a nuclear power plane on the earthquake-prone peninsula. Click here to read the Bay Naturearticle and to learn more about how the emerging environmental movement helped Bodega Head become what it is today.


"Dead zones" Found Off the Bay Area Coast

Bay Area researchers have recently discovered ocean "dead zones" off the Bay Area coast. These zones are characterized by having extremely low oxygen levels, which, according to CMSI's Associate Director John Largier, "is a concern as there are definitely some fish and animals that suffer under those conditions." Scientists believe climate change is to blame for this low-oxygen water, and fear that these dead zones can expand to Bay Area commercial and sport fishing areas. Click hereto watch the FOX 2 KTVU.com video clip featuring John Largier and the Bodega Marine Lab. 


Gary Cherr Studies the Impact of Nanomaterials on Ocean Life

UC Davis researchers have found that nanomaterials in sunscreens and boat-bottom paints make sea urchin embryos more sensitive to toxins. In a study lead by professor and interim director of the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory Gary Cherr, researchers found that nanozinc oxide and nanocopper oxide, used in cosmetics and electronics, can harm sea urchins’ defense mechanisms during their sensitive life stages. Nanomaterials are used to make energy efficient batteries, clean up oil spills, and in cancer treatments, and this research aims to broaden our scientific knowledge of the effects of nanotechnology on the environment and health.

Read the article in Environmental Science and Technology and National Geographic.



James Sanchirico Publishes Article in Science Magazine

CMSI Associate Director James Sanchirico has published an article in Science Magazine, one of the world's top scientific journals. In the article, Sanchirico and graduate student Gabriel Sampson work with team of researchers led by UC Davis to discuss the policy implications of sustainable fisheries in developing countries and provide fishery management reform recommendations. Read more about the article here, or click here to read the article (subscription required). You can also listen to Sanchirico's podcast segment here (his segment begins at 00:09:37). 


Alan Hastings Elected to National Academy of Sciences

CMSI affiliate Alan Hastings has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest science honors in the United States. Hastings is a theoretical ecologist in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy. His research has used mathematical models to understand shifts in natural systems, including the interaction of invasive species removal and endangered species recovery in San Francisco Bay. Click here to read more about Hastings & other UC Davis ecologists who are being internationally recognized. 


Mark Bittman Discusses Ocean Acidification with Tessa Hill in New Video Series

Food writer and New York Times columnist Mark Bittman teams up with Tessa Hill to discuss why ocean acidification is something we should all be worried about. Bittman’s new video series, “Mark Bittman: California Matters,” is a 10-part video series produced by the University of California and Berkeley Food Institute. Bittman will be traveling all around California to explore UC research in food, sustainable agriculture, policy, and health. Click here to read more about the series.

Click here to view the official trailer for California Matters.


Smith Fellowship Awarded to UC Davis Scientists

Bodega Marine Lab's Brent Hughes has recently received a fellowship with the David H. Smith Conservation Research Prgram, which supports early-career conservation scientists. Chelsea Rochman, from the UCD VetMed's Aquatic Health Program, was a Smith Fellow in 2014. Each year the Program selects 4-5 scientists across the US for postdoctoral fellowships, and UC Davis scientists have recieved four of these fellowships since 2013. For more information on the Smith Fellowship, click here.

San Francisco Bay: The Ocean’s Watershed


When it comes to the water in the San Francisco Bay, the ocean doesn’t get nearly the credit it deserves. At least, that’s the opinion of oceanographer John Largier, who studies the ocean’s complex dance with the Bay. Sure, the Bay is where the Delta empties into the sea, the final resting place of water that flows all the way from the Sierra and the furthest reaches of the watershed. But the Bay is, it’s worth pointing out, mostly seawater. Whatever’s in it is affected by what’s happening in the ocean, particularly the active upwelling just off our coast.

Read the Bay Nature article.

Oceans slow to heal from climate change


CMSI’s Sarah Moffitt's recent study explores climate change's impacts to the marine ecosystem. Using seafloor sediments and fossils, Moffitt's research suggests that while climate change only takes decades to impact marine life, the recovery process takes thousands of years.

Read the UC Davis Today article and associated video.

Sea change: What took decades to destroy in oceans took millennia to recover


Ocean ecosystems that experience rapid upheaval because of climate change can take thousands of years to recover, according to an examination of fossilized ocean fauna on the seafloor by the University of California, Davis.

The study, published online March 30 in the Early Edition of the journal PNAS, is the first record of disturbance and recovery of seafloor ecosystem biodiversity in response to abrupt climate change.

The work, led by Sarah Moffitt, a scientist from UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory and Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute, shows that while climate change and the deoxygenation of seawater can alter ocean ecology very quickly, recovery can be on a 1,000-year scale, not the 100-year scale previously thought.

Moffitt analyzed more than 5,400 invertebrate fossils, from sea urchins to clams, within a sediment core from offshore Santa Barbara. The core, essentially a tube of sediment that covers a period between 3,400 and 16,100 years ago, provides a before-and-after snapshot of what happened during the last major deglaciation.

The deglaciation was a time of abrupt climate warming, melting polar ice caps, and expansion of low oxygen zones in the ocean. This new study documents how long it took for recovery of ecosystems to begin, after a dramatic episode of climate change.

Read the article and see the associated video.

CMSI holds inaugural research symposium


On March 19, 2015, scores of researchers from across our campus gathered for the CMSI Research Symposium.  Convened to bring together UC Davis colleagues from diverse disciplines and Colleges, the day was packed with pithy 5-minute presentations that provided an overview of more than 50 research groups.  Including presentations from groups stationed at Bodega Marine Laboratory and the School of Veterinary Medicine, topics included ecology, economics, oceanography, one health, meteorology, climate change, genomics, conservation and pollution.  The symposium validated our motivation in establishing the Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute, showcasing the immense breadth and depth of coastal and marine research at UC Davis – and the potential to enhance the impact of coastal and marine sciences research and education at UC Davis through collaboration.

Centered on internal networking, the day was comprised of presentations and unstructured discussions during five breaks before, during and after presentations.  Resonating through the day were critical environmental issues and cutting edge research challenges in marine and coastal environments.  CMSI engages the legacy of UC Davis strength in connecting forefront research with real-world problems, enthusiastically engaging both.  Climate change means ocean acidification, enhanced coastal upwelling, rising sea levels, reduced snowpack runoff and several more phenomena that cannot be effectively addressed with silo-based research.  Conservation of native fishes and invertebrates rely upon field-based and theory-based studies in physiology, genetics, oceanography, wetland ecology, economic valuation and more.  Development of coastal lands impacts ocean waters and coasts in diverse ways, including pollution, resource extraction, wildlife disease, wetland loss, and fisheries – again, a critical challenge of our time that cannot be effectively tackled by researchers working without context.

As much an inventory as a speed-dating exercise, we all left after an intense day buoyed by the confirmation that there is an abundance of excellent colleagues at UC Davis working across the spectrum of coastal and marine sciences (plural indicating the inclusion of social sciences, economic sciences, engineering sciences, health sciences, physical sciences and biological sciences).  Although it is five years since the first research symposium held pre-CMSI in Bodega Bay, the success of the day argues for this being a more frequent event.  And the energy emanating from the day promises a rapid realization of the CMSI goal of fostering innovative partnerships for discovering, understanding and communicating science for effective stewardship of ocean and coastal environments in California and beyond.

Symposium Rick

Click here to view the symposium program and individual presentations.

Bodega Bay Marine Lab Successfully Breeds Endangered Abalone


From the initial dozen brood stock, the group successfully bred 120 white abalone by 2013 and thousands more a year later. 

Inside a small laboratory outbuilding in Bodega Bay, a squadron of lights cast a purple haze over a roomful of tanks, which gurgled incessantly in a watery chaos. Dr. Kristin Aquilino peeled back a lid revealing a cluster of mid-sized abalone shells clinging to the wall of a plastic bucket.

“These definitely represent the future of this program,” Aquilino said surveying the room of tanks

In many ways, the roomful of tanks is akin to an aquatic rescue mission, allowing federally endangered white abalone a chance to get back on their feet and avoid what was certain to be an extremely stark future.

See the NBC Bay Area News video and read the article.

New Ocean Study Shows Alarming Pattern in Ice Age Oxygen Loss


New research on sea floor core samples collected from across the planet shows oxygen levels in the world’s oceans plummeted as the last ice age came to an end, a discovery that sheds light on the speed and extent to which modern-day climate change could alter global marine environments with potentially staggering results.

The study, made public this week by UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory, suggests expansive low-oxygen zones that characterized world oceans during a period of melting ice sheets 10,000 to 17,000 years ago could be predictive of a trend already underway, potentially leading to mass die-offs of marine species and drastically disrupted food systems.

“The potential for our oceans to look very, very different in 100 to 150 years is real,” lead researcher Sarah Moffitt, a postdoctoral scholar at the marine lab, said in a statement unveiling the work.

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Read article.

Click here to read an associated fact sheet.

Click here to listen to a related ABC 7 News story.

The Oceanography Society and Women in Oceanography Publication - Tessa Hill, Ann Russell, and Marisol Garcia-Reyes Biographies Included


The Oceanography Society (TOS) recently announced publication of "Women in Oceanography: A Decade Later."  This supplement to the December issue of Oceanography magazine reviews the progress that has been made over the last 10 years in addressing barriers to career advancement for women oceanographers and where further attention to this issue might still be needed.  TOS published its first "Women in Oceanography" volume in March 2005.

"This supplement provides an analytical perspective of the gains made by women oceanographers over the past ten years and identifies areas where improvements are still needed" said Susan Lozier, a professor of ocean sciences at Duke University and president of The Oceanography Society.  "Also included in this supplement is a multitude of personal stories that reveals the challenges, opportunities and rewards of a career in oceanography for women.  I find these stories particularly inspiring."

There are 3 UC Davis affiliates with biographies in the supplement:  Tessa Hill, Ann Russell, and Marisol Garcia-Reyes.

Read article (which includes a link to the supplement).

Shauna Oh, New CMSI Executive Director


We are delighted to announce that Shauna Oh is now on board as CMSI Executive Director.  She brings an amazing wealth of experience and enthusiasm to CMSI and UC Davis, and her leadership will be integral to helping us realize the enormous potential of our programs.  

For now, she’s located in 4324 Storer, and can be contacted at sjoh@ucdavis.edu.  We hope that in the next month or so CMSI operations will move, at long last, to its headquarters in 1347 Storer Hall.  We’ll let you know when that happens, and invite you to join in a BIG celebration (date, place, and time to follow).

In the meantime, feel free to contact her at any time with questions, concerns, and ideas for CMSI; and most importantly, please join us in welcoming Shauna.

Shauna Oh

Shauna J. Oh, Ph.D.

CMSI Executive Director

Tessa Hill, CMSI Associate Director of Academic Programs, Announced as UC Davis Chancellor Fellow


UC Davis recently announced its 15th class of Chancellor's Fellows.  Chancellor's Fellows are faculty members at the associate professor level who have caught the attention of their colleagues, department chairs and deans, and Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi.  Tessa Hill, CMSI Associate Director of Academic Programs, was one of the faculty members newly appointed as a UC Davis Chancellor's Fellow. 

The Chancellor's Fellows program began in 2000 as a way to recognize faculty in the early stages of their careers, for outstanding research and teaching, as well as service to the university.  Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi said, "The Chancellor's Fellows are producing groundbreaking research and scholarship that is rivaled only by the vitally important work they do with our students in our classrooms and labs.  The fellows truly epitomize UC Davis' vision and mission, and we are fortunate to have them as part of the Aggie community."

Tessa Hill

Read article.