Tag Archives: biological oceanography

The Ballast Team Goes to Sea

Those of us working on the ballast project in the Biological Oceanography lab are closely tied with the Cal Maritime Academy and their training ship, the Golden Bear. So, wherever the ship goes, we go! This summer’s training cruise for … Continue reading

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Back-to-Back Cruises on the Point Sur

The week before spring break, I had the pleasure of going on two class cruises back to back on MLML’s research vessel, the Point Sur. On Monday, I set sail with the biological oceanography class as we went out into … Continue reading

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Ballast water and epifluorescence microscopy

by Liz Lam, Biological Oceanography Lab Ballast water treatment and testing is a big focus here in the Biological Oceanography lab, and this is no exception even when it comes to class projects.  Last semester, I started a project aiming … Continue reading

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Ballast Water Creature Counting

Although I’m only a first-year graduate student here at Moss Landing, I’ve had the pleasure of working on the ballast water testing team with the Biological Oceanography lab for over a year now.  Aquatic invasive species have become an increasingly … Continue reading

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Biological Oceanography Class Field Trip to the California Maritime Academy

by Diane Wyse, Physical Oceanography Lab Last week the biological oceanography class took a field trip to the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo.  The purpose of the trip was to learn about the MLML Biological Oceanography Lab’s work with ballast … 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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The Ballast Water Balancing Act

By Catherine Drake, Invertebrate Zoology Lab Docked in the Carquinez Strait, an offshoot of the San Pablo Bay in the city of Vallejo, is the TS Golden Bear.  It is a training ship for the California Maritime Academy, which—like MLML—is … Continue reading

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Drop-In to MLML Open House: The Bottle Drop – See Niskins in Action

Biological Oceanography student Shana Carmichael readies a Niskin bottle to show Open House visitors how scientists use it to collect water at different depths in the ocean.  The bottles are arranged in a carousel on a CTD instrument like the … Continue reading

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Drop-In to MLML Open House: Discover Chromatography – We Want These Colors to Run

How do biological oceanographers identify the phytoplankton in water samples they collect at sea?  They can use a technique called chromatography that separates the pigments that phytoplankton use for photosynthesis.  The major groups of plankton contain different pigments, and those … Continue reading

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