Undergraduate students Whitney Jones (Size-specific fish habitat use patterns on offshore oil platforms) and Michael Joyce (Hypsypops rubicundus egg and larval size variation) each received a CSU COAST Undergraduate Research Award! Thank you COAST!
Did our first scouting dives on the recently completed Palos Verdes Reef restoration project to plan the stereo-video sampling design for graduate student James Sturges' thesis project. The video data collected can also be used as a baseline for establishing how fine scale habitat use patterns of fish on the new habitat change over time. Lots of fish already taking up residence on the new high relief habitat!
Construction resumes on the Palos Verdes Reef restoration project! After working for the past decade on the background research, design and implementation of this project with the Vantuna Research Group and the NOAA Montrose Settlements Restoration Program it is exciting to see it being built. Can't wait to start studying how fish use the restored habitat once it is completed!
"It worked!" Graduate student Chelsea Williams successfully validated that the rings on Garibaldi otoliths (inner ear bones) are produced annually. She used a method where wild fish are captured, injected with tetracycline, and then re-captured 14 months later. The tetracycline, which is rapidly incorporated into bone tissue, glows yellow under fluorescent light on the sectioned otolith showing that one ring was formed outside of that mark during the 14 months after it was initially tagged.
Jeremy and graduate student Chelsea Williams were featured on the CSU Website in a story about the research CSU faculty and students have been doing on the fishes living associated with the oil platforms off the coast of California and how this is contributing to the state and federal decision making process about the fate of these structures once they reach the end of their economic lifespans.
Graduate student James Sturges received theCSU COAST Graduate Student Research Award for his proposal to investigate fish habitat use patterns using stereo-video camera systems on the Palos Verdes Restoration Reef! Thank you COAST!
Two undergraduates in the lab were each awarded a CSU COAST Summer Internship with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife!!! Matt Kim will be working with the CDFW San Diego office on their Marine Invertebrate Fisheries Management program, and Whitney Jones will be working with the Santa Barbara office on the emerging box crab fishery. Thank you CSU COAST for supporting these internships!
Undergraduate student Gabby Yang was awarded the CSU COAST Undergraduate Research Funding Award for her project analyzing stereo-video data collected in Hawaii to look at abundance patterns of Yellow Tang, Zebrasoma flavescens, inside and outside of Marine Protected Areas. Thank you COAST!
Jeremy and graduate students Austin Pyles, Jacob Eagleton and (CPP Snail Lab member) Kendall Feliciano had a great time at the 2019 Western Society of Naturalists annual meeting in Ensenada, Mexico. Austin and Jacob presented posters on their thesis research got a lot of great feedback. They also received CSU COAST Travel Awards to fund their travel! Thanks COAST!
Undergraduate students Matthew Kim and Whitney Jones completed their PADI Open Water Certification Course through the BRIC! The course included a weekend dive trip and graduate student Jacob Eagleton in our lab was their instructor!
Undergraduate student Gabby Yang completed the (MOTC) Motorboat Operator Training Course taught by the (SCMI) Southern California Marine Institute. The weeklong course includes classroom and pool safety training, and time operating, launching and trailering small research vessels. With CPP's membership in the CSU Ocean Studies Institute, CPP students and faculty can take the boating training course for free (with a faculty sponsor).
Undergraduate student Brenda Calderon created a poster on histological gonad preparation and female reproductive patterns of the Garibaldi, Hypsypops rubicundus, for the Cal Poly Pomona 14th Annual Science Research Symposium. While she was sick that day and not able to present it, the other students in the lab filled in and did a great job! Lots of compliments on Brenda's poster design.
Jeremy was on a podcast! Episode 338 entitled "Crude Habitat" of 99% Invisible discusses the rigs-to-reefs controversy surrounding offshore oil drilling in California and what to do with the underwater steel support structures of the platforms once they cease pumping oil.
Jeremy and graduate students Chelsea Williams, Austin Pyles, Jacob Eagleton, and (CPP Coastal Ecology Lab member) Claire Arre completed the (MOTC) Motorboat Operator Training Course taught by the (SCMI) Southern California Marine Institute. The weeklong course includes classroom and pool safety training, and time operating, launching and trailering small research vessels. With CPP's membership in the CSU Ocean Studies Institute, CPP students and faculty can take the course for free (with an OSI faculty sponsor).
Graduate student Ben Grime received an CPP OUR Conference Presentation Award to present his thesis research at the joint American Malacological Society (AMS)/Western Society of Malacologists (WSM) Annual Meeting in Honolulu Hawaii this summer! Thanks OUR!
Graduate student Chelsea Williams received a Best Student Poster Honorable Mention for her poster “Spatial variation in life-history characteristics of a non-fished pomacentrid, Hypsypops rubicundus, in the Southern California Bight” and the 2018 Southern California Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting.
Graduate student Ben Grime was profiled on the CSU website featuring our ARI fundedabalone aquaculture and population restoration research.
Graduate student Ben Grime was awarded the CSU COAST Graduate Student Research Award for his proposal investigating the influence of temperature on spawning and larval survival of the endangered green abalone. Thank you COAST!
Graduate student Chelsea Williams received an Edward C. Raney Award from the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists to support her thesis project on Garibaldi life history.
(recent graduate) Undergraduate Jacob Eagleton is doing an internship at
Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Alabama getting great fisheries research experience getting to assist with collecting fish via longline, gillnet, seine net, and trawling, while also participating in fish tagging, processing, and life history techniques.
Graduate student Ben Grime was featured in a Long Beach Daily Breeze Article about efforts to restore abalone populations along the southern California coastline.
Our CSU (ARI) Agricultural Research Institute proposal was funded! We will be developing methods to spawn green abalone in the lab and providing research training opportunities to a graduate and an undergraduate student in applied aquaculture and wild population restoration.