CAMEO Kelp forest Database
We are currently looking for motivated volunteers to help us develop a kelp forest online database. The aim of this database is to provide an unprecedented source of information about the species and species interactions that occur in the kelp forest. The project is an extraordinary effort that will help us advance the knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of this complex system, which consists in gathering and synthesizing all the available information published about the kelp forest ecosystem, and in turn making it available for the general public.
Impacts of sea star wasting on intertidal food webs
What happens when a keystone predator disappears from an ecosystem? How do trophic interactions change? During summer 2014, sea star wasting disease wiped out populations of the predator Pisaster ochraceus and other sea stars along the west coast. It is unknown how intertidal communities will respond to their absence. During winter and spring 2014, we are measuring community composition, mussel sizes, mussel spatial distributions, and sea star populations at intertidal sites in the Santa Cruz and Monterey area.
We are looking for intertidal field volunteers. Short-term and long-term commitment levels are both fine. If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, please contact Monica Moritsch (email@example.com) with a few sentences about your background and why you would like to work on this project.
Internships with the Salmon Ecology Team at NMFS
Internships are available to work with the National Marine Fisheries Service in Santa Cruz. Students will play a key role in conducting ecological research on central coast steelhead and coho salmon. Research and monitoring efforts are conducted primarily in Scott Creek (northern Santa Cruz County). Intern’s time will be split between field and lab work, which includes monitoring juvenile and adult salmon traps in Scott Creek, learning salmon species identification, PIT-tagging salmon, data recording and entry, and gear maintenance.
Email a paragraph stating your background and interest in this internship to Ann-Marie Osterback at firstname.lastname@example.org
PISCO Kelp Forest Monitoring
PISCO is an interdisciplinary research program that has been conducting large-scale long-term ecological and oceanographic monitoring along the west coast of North America since 1999. A key aspect of the PISCO program is monitoring kelp forest communities to understand their dynamics and how they are changing in response to recently implemented marine protected areas (MPAs) on California’s central coast. To learn more about PISCO and our interdisciplinary approach to understanding coastal ecosystems and informing coastal resource management and policy, visit www.piscoweb.org.
We are looking for motivated scientific divers to help us conduct kelp forest community surveys around the Monterey peninsula this summer. This is a great opportunity hone your kelp forest species identification skills and get experience conducting underwater research. For more information about volunteering for PISCO, contact Emily Saarman at email@example.com. We will be conducting dive survey training the second and third weeks of July, 2013. If you want to participate in the training please fill out this form.
Predator Production in the Kelp Forest
We’re currently in the middle of a very strong year for recruitment of juvenile rockfish – go diving, you’ll see juveniles everywhere! However, the density of juveniles that settle to the kelp forests of Monterey Bay each year varies markedly. What does this mean for predators that rely on small fishes as a dietary component or that supplement invertebrate diets with juvenile fishes during strong recruitment years? Does a high density of juvenile rockfish translate to healthy, fast-growing predators? We’re looking for volunteers to assist with diet component analyses for thirteen species of rockfishes, collection of field samples (think, fishing!), and analyses of rockfish otoliths to determine variation in annual growth.
This is a great opportunity to develop fisheries research skills and gain experience thinking about fisheries ecology. To volunteer or learn more, contact Rachel Zuercher, firstname.lastname@example.org with a short statement of interest.
Larval Dispersal and Connectivity of Nearshore Rockfishes
Many nearshore reef fishes in California have a bipartite life history, which means that after their eggs hatch, larvae spend weeks or months drifting on the ocean currents before settling down to a more sedentary lifestyle as juveniles and adults. But exactly how far these larvae travel during their pelagic stage is one of the great remaining mysteries of marine ecology. Using cutting-edge genetic techniques that allow us to match parents with newly settled juveniles, we will be investigating the larval dispersal patterns of kelp rockfish in Carmel Bay and around the Monterey peninsula.
We have a number of volunteer opportunities associated with this project, including opportunities for scientific divers and non-divers who are interested in getting out in the field. Volunteers will assist in collecting juvenile and adult rockfish, taking fin clips for genetic analysis, and maintaining and deploying collection devices for juvenile fishes. To volunteer or learn more about this project, contact Emily Saarman at email@example.com.