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Coastal Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems

Kat’s Science Sunday Talk at the Seymour Center!

Seagrasses are in global decline despite restoration efforts. To date, the majority of these efforts have been unsuccessful. Locally, Elkhorn Slough suffered massive seagrass loss in the mid 1900s. Since 1980, there has been some natural recovery in the slough—though small relative to historical extent. Unfortunately, that rate of recovery […]

Mussel bed field experiment interview

Graduate student Gina Contolini performed a 9-month field experiment in the mussel beds outside the Long Marine Lab. She was testing the effects of differential dogwhelk predation on the mussel bed community. Here is a link to an interview about her work! The interview video is called “In the Mussel […]

Congrats Dr. Moritsch!

Monica Moritsch successfully defended her dissertation on the causes and consequences of sea star wasting syndrome this last Friday (8/3/2018). Congrats Monica!

World Water Day: Seagrasses, Nature’s Water Filter

Kathryn (Kat) Beheshti, UCSC PhD candidate wrote a blog post for The Ocean Foundation that talks about how important seagrasses are for maintaining a healthy watershed/coastline. Check out the blog on the The Ocean Foundation website https://www.oceanfdn.org/blog/seagrasses-nature’s-water-filter!   World Water Day Seagrasses, or nature’s water filter?   Seagrasses are aquatic flowering plants […]

Citalli holding sea star

RC lab intern wins grant to perform sea star disease experiment

Citlalli Aquino, an intern in the RC lab, won a grant from The Friends of the Seymour Center for her independent research proposal on sea star wasting disease. She is currently testing how salinity influences the appearance of sea star wasting syndrome, and she is also testing whether the disease spreads […]

RC grad Monica Moritsch wins award for science dance video

When she’s not up to her ankles in a tidepool doing research, Monica likes to swing dance. This year she combined her interest in marine biology and dancing to choreograph and film a video for the Dance Your PhD contest by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The […]

The new Coastal Science & Policy Program at UC Santa Cruz is now accepting applications!

We’re looking for the next generation of coastal science and policy leaders. The brand new Coastal Science & Policy Program (CS&P) at UC Santa Cruz is now accepting applications. CS&P trains future leaders to advance the sustainable use of coastal resources and conservation of coastal biodiversity, ecosystems, socio-economic integrity, and […]