Zeke Spooner Receives the 2024 Salisbury Award

The Coastal and Marine Science Institute is pleased to announce the 2024 recipient of the Dennis Salisbury & Patricia K. Salisbury Graduate Award: Zeke Spooner, a PhD student advised by Dr. Sascha Nicklisch and Dr. Christina Pasparakis. Zeke will address microplastic pollution through research to determine the extent to which microplastics have invaded benthic ecosystems across California (CA) and to quantify the toxic chemicals that microplastics carry with them into benthic organisms.

What Rockfish Can Tell Us About Pollution


The California Collaborative Fisheries Research Program (CCFRP) is a partnership that brings together marine researchers, management agencies, and local fishers. Together, the communities explore Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), which are sanctioned zones on the California coast with heavy anthropogenic restrictions to protect local marine life. By collaborating with local anglers to survey rockfish near these areas, scientists can further their research communication to advocate for improved fisheries management.

Christina Pasparakis Wins UC Davis Award for Innovation and Creative Vision

Environmental toxicologist Christina Pasparakis, who is an assistant professor based at Bodega Marine Laboratory, is the winner of the 2024 UC Davis Award for Innovation and Creative Vision. 

The prize is funded by Susie and alum Riley Bechtel and supports outstanding non-tenured early career faculty. It comes with a $40,000 research award that Pasparakis plans to use to launch a long-term community-based microplastic monitoring program in the Bodega Marine Reserve. 

Artistic Research in Bodega Bay

This article is a guest post by Maya Weeks, a Ph.D. candidate at UC Davis, and a recipient of the 2020-2021 Bilinski Fellowships at Bodega Marine Laboratory. This blog is featured here because we recognize the need to showcase diverse viewpoints and experiences. The views and opinions expressed in this piece do not necessarily reflect the position of the Institute, UC Davis, or the UC system.

Written by: Maya Weeks

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