UC Santa Barbara research biologist and CASG fundee Jenn Caselle addresses ways in which management efforts can shape predator-prey interactions and influence resilience in marine ecosystems.
You won’t find “slime eels” on menus in California, but the Pacific hagfish Eptatretus stoutii supports a small but consistent export fishery. Prized by foodies in South Korea, the depletion of Korean fisheries has sent demand abroad. This month brought the start of a new trap requirement to ensure that California’s hagfish stocks stick around. …
Drive less. Turn off the lights. Use efficient appliances. Some steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are straightforward; others are trickier. Delta Science Fellow Gavin McNicol has been investigating one of the latter: wetland restoration.
New research shows that salinity plays a major role in salt marsh grass’s response to insect grazing.
Researchers Kirsten Gilardi and Jennifer Renzullo of the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center are working to recover lost crab gear from Morro Bay to Crescent City. With the support of a Collaborative Fisheries Research West grant, the researchers recruited for and developed a community-based, fishermen-led gear removal program.
“I learned how to communicate more effectively with people outside my field through the mentoring process. My degree heavily depended on the use of specific technologies, and I had fallen into the trap of using jargon that is not easily understood by the public.” – Ryan Freedman, CA Sea Grant State Fellow
“Through my fellowship, I had the opportunity to participate in a great example of California’s support for citizen science – Reef Check California – that showed me how it is possible to give ocean-minded citizens a stake in how we manage our ocean.” – Liz Parissenti, CA Sea Grant State Fellow
“This transition from a marine system to an estuarine/freshwater one was not as difficult as I had initially thought, and it’s been more rewarding then I had ever imagined.” – Jenny Bigman, CA Sea Grant State Fellow