Tag Archives: plankton

Tales from the Field in Antarctica: Post 2

  Dr. Valerie Loeb is an adjunct professor at Moss Landing Marine Labs. Currently, she functions as an independent Antarctic ecosystem research scientist collaborating with Jarrod Santora of UC Santa Cruz. In April, she headed out to sea with a … Continue reading

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Tales from the Field in Antarctica: Post 1

Dr. Valerie Loeb is an adjunct professor at Moss Landing Marine Labs. Currently, she functions as an independent Antarctic ecosystem research scientist collaborating with Jarrod Santora of UC Santa Cruz. In April, she headed out to sea with a new … 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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Happy Halloween!

By Melissa Nehmens This time of year offers the chance to provide a romanticized explanation of autumn on the central coast. I could explain how here at Moss Landing the weather is turning colder, the leaves are changing color, and … 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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A Day on the Bay, Biological Oceanography Style

By Heather Fulton-Bennett, Biological Oceanography Lab The term cruise generally brings to mind tropical weather and luxurious surroundings, but scientific research cruises are much more about long hours of work and only a few brief moments to enjoy the view. … 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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Dozens of Diatoms

By Catherine Drake, Invertebrate Zoology Lab The last field trip of the fall semester for the Geological Oceanography class was to the Monterey Formation on Toro Road in the Salinas Basin. As we drove up through the hills on 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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