Stacy Kim Grand Poobah

I am an Adjunct Professor at Moss Landing Marine Labs. My research specialty is Benthic Ecology, which is the study of how seafloor animals interact. In Antarctica, in addition to the ASPIRE project, I study the impacts of trawl fishing in sub-Antarctic regions, in collaboration with the Antarctic Marine Living Resources Program Antarctic Marine Living Resources Program . I also work in the deep sea, currently on a detailed examination of hydrothermal vent communities in a back arc basin between Tonga and Fiji. This project is in close collaboration with geologists and chemists and the interdisciplinary effort will form a coherent picture of the entire ecosystem. Finally, I work in my own 'backyard' of Monterey Bay, on a long term project with the goals of characterizing the marine biological wealth of the Elkhorn Slough wetland ecosystem , and organizing and setting a baseline by which future changes may be assessed .

 

Jonna Engel

I am a graduate student in the UCSC Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department. My dissertation research involves studying California sea mussel (Mytilus californianus) populations in order to better understand: 1) historical and contemporary processes determining their distribution pattern in the intertidal zone and along their range, and 2) the relative importance of natural selection, gene flow (migration), and genetic drift (random genetic change) in determining sea mussel population genetic structure. At Moss Landing Marine Labs I studied how commercial trawling (a fishing method where nets are pulled along the ocean floor) impacts bottom dwelling organisms. I have been extremely fortunate to work as a research assistant/diver on numerous MLML Benthic Lab and UCSC research trips to polar regions such as the Canadian Arctic, the Aleutian Islands, and Antarctica.

 

Jennifer Fisher

I am currently a graduate student at Moss Landing Marine Labs. My thesis work involves studying larval crabs (the REALLY young ones) in Glacier Bay, Alaska to look at the effectiveness of a marine reserve. I am also a research SCUBA diver for the National Park Service in Glacier Bay where we monitor the underwater plant and animal communities in order to study the ecological effects of sea otters.

Craig Lewis

I am an assistant researcher at U. C. Berkeley, developing computer simulations of ecosystems off the California and Oregon Coasts. My work has been directed at understanding interactions between currents and ecosystems by developing computer models of the processes involved. I have worked in the U. S. GLOBEC projects on Georges Bank and in the Northeast Pacific. On Georges Bank we looked at how wind- and tidally-driven currents affected plankton and shellfish populations. In the Northeast Pacific we are developing upwelling models to look at the the environment of young salmon. I have a web page of my own.

Dan Malone

I am a Research Associate at Moss Landing Marine Labs. My research experience in the past has included studying fish life histories through otolith growth and chemistry, interactions between fish, algae and corals on tropical reefs, and the restoration and monitoring of giant kelp forests. Aside from assisting with the general questions of this field program, I am interested in studying the growth and survival of Antarctic sponges, and the interactions between these sponges and the sea stars and nudibranchs that feed on them.

Jim Oakden

I'm a Research Associate at Moss Landing Marine Labs. Most of my work over the years has focused on various aspects of disturbance ecology, with a heavy emphasis on the impacts of disturbances on soft-bottom communities. Natural disturbances have included the role of bottom-feeding marine mammals (gray whales, walrus, sea otters) in structuring benthic communities, iceberg scour, river runoff, and effects of long-term climatic fluxuations on intertidal and subtidal benthic communities. I have a strong interest in applied research, so have looked at many different types of anthropogenic impacts, including dredge spoil disposal, domestic waste outfalls, highway talus disposal, airport construction, fiber-optic cable installation, oil spills, anti-fouling paint, non-point-source runoff, agricultural chemicals, and heavy metal and hydrocarbon contamination in harbors and nearshore area.