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Whale-apalooza!

By Catherine Drake, Invertebrate Zoology Lab These are some exciting times in the Monterey Bay! Recently, five different species of whales have  been spotted within our bay! We all have probably seen the humpbacks that have been hanging around since there is still … Continue reading

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Climate Change, Upwelling, and Our Deep Sea Canyon

By Catherine Drake, Invertebrate Zoology Lab One of the many great aspects about doing marine research in Monterey Bay is that there are many institutions in the area, all of which are interested in uncovering the unknown about our Pacific … Continue reading

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We’re A “Big” Deal: The BBC’s “Big Blue Live” Coming to Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary!

By Catherine Drake, graduate student in the Invertebrate Zoology Lab Have you ever heard of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary? If not, I bet you’ve stepped foot in the Sanctuary! If you’ve ever gone to the beach and stuck your toes … Continue reading

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Invertebrate Spotlight: Protulophila Hydroids

It was just announced a couple months ago that researchers in New Zealand found a specimen of the hydroid Protulophila that was previously believed to be extinct for 4 million years.  Before this discovery, these organisms had only been found in fossil records … Continue reading

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Good Vibrations: Constructing a Vibracore for Extreme Sediment Coring

By Catherine Drake, Invertebrate Zoology Lab A lot of people make bucket lists, such as the “before I turn 30” list or the classic “before I kick the bucket” list.  My personal bucket list, what I call the “self-sufficiency” list, … Continue reading

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Understanding Early Diagenesis in the Monterey Bay

By Catherine Drake, Invertebrate Zoology Lab Sedimentation is the process by which particles sink and accumulate on the seafloor. Layers upon layers of these settled materials tell the story of the oceans and climate from which they originated. Alterations to these … Continue reading

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Diving Adventures in Big Creek

By Catherine Drake, Invertebrate Zoology Lab For many graduate students at MLML, diving is an essential component to their thesis work, whether it involves collecting samples, obtaining data, or making observations about subtidal ecosystems.  Students must be research dive certified … Continue reading

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Friends of MLML Host Screening of “Otter 501”

By Catherine Drake, Invertebrate Zoology Lab One great aspect of being a student at Moss Landing Marine Labs is Friends of MLML, an organization designed to inform the public about MLML through tours and events, as well as help students … Continue reading

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The Early Bird Gets the Fish in this Case (and a Great Tide-Pooling Experience)

By Catherine Drake, Invertebrate Zoology Lab In early June, I went camping with my family in Southern California at El Moro Campground, a part of Crystal Cove State Park. While there one day, I was excited to learn that there … Continue reading

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Being Resourceful, the MLML Grad Student Way

By Catherine Drake, Invertebrate Zoology Lab Sometimes when sampling, you have to be resourceful.  Not everything will go according to plan (an instrument might break or a sampling method may not work), which is why problem solving is a great … Continue reading

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