Photo Credit: Cat Chiappa
This week’s post comes to us from Biological Oceanography student Sierra Helmann. When not studying phytoplankton for her thesis research, she works in guest experience at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and takes great pride in exposing young audiences to marine science. After starring in our Open House play for the last two years, she took the lead role of Julia Platt in the aquarium’s summer production of “Turning the Tides: The Story of Monterey Bay.”
Acting is a very unique branch of science communication that taps into the power of imagination. Here, she speaks to its importance in engaging the public and acknowledging the historical contributions of women (HERstory).
(It’s also her birthday next week, so wish her well if you see her!)
Students here at Moss Landing Marine Labs recently founded a local chapter of the Society for Women in Marine Sciences (SWMS). While this group has been doing great work on the east coast for several years, we are excited to bring its success to the Monterey Bay area. Kim Elson is one of several students on the inaugural leadership committee, but she was also the driving force behind the initial push to bring SWMS to Moss. We recently held our first event, a trivia night! Here, Kim offers up some insight into SWMS’s history and its future under the new chapter.
One of the benefits of being a student in the Vertebrate Ecology Lab here at Moss Landing is that it provides the most opportunities for close encounters with some of our most recognizable Monterey Bay faces: otters, whales, dolphins, birds, seals, and sea lions. But for a handful of students, those counters often come at the end of an animal’s life, when the call comes in and the volunteers that make up the Marine Mammal Stranding Network descend onto Monterey’s beaches. Armed with gloves, vials, and a bright blue body bag, they take advantage of nature’s stark cruelty to collect valuable data on local animal populations. Sharon Hsu is one of the volunteers with the Stranding Network and a student in the lab, here to provide us with answers to some of the questions you may have always wanted to ask and to explain how you can help contribute to this valuable resource.
By June Shrestha, Ichthyology Lab.
Watch this video to learn more about who we are, what makes MLML a first-class marine research institution, and discover the “spirit of MLML”!
About the video:
With the generous donations from our supporters, MLML produced this rich, inside look at the history of MLML, our Masters in Marine Science graduate program, our research and our close proximity to the beautiful Monterey Bay Canyon and surrounding wetlands. MLML is known for a hands-on, field-oriented approach which places our students, faculty, researchers and staff at the frontiers of marine science worldwide where discoveries are being made. MLML provides the skills and training so students become successful scientists, teachers and resource managers serving societal needs involving marine issues.
For more cool videos, check out the MLML Video Library!
By June Shrestha, Ichthyology Lab.
As the summer wraps up, we have had a whirlwind of student thesis defenses at the labs. Congratulations to the following students that successfully defended their theses in the spring and summer of 2018:
- Cody Dawson, Phycology
- Evan Mattiasen, Ichthyology
- Tyler Barnes, Geological Oceanography
- Catarina Pien, Pacific Shark Research Center
- Natalie Yingling, Biological Oceanography
- Drew Burrier, Physical Oceanography
- Jen Chiu, Fisheries and Conservation Biology
- Anne Tagini, Fisheries and Conservation Biology
- Suzanne Christensen, Phycology
Read below to learn more about their research. With three months to go until the end of the year, stay tuned to our blog to learn of the next round of thesis defenses!