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Drew Gashler Internship at stake! Please consider donating

by Ben Yair Raanan, Physical Oceanography Lab For nearly a decade the Friends of Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML) and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have generously awarded a $5,000 summer internship at MBARI to an MLML student … Continue reading

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Let’s Get Physical!

by Emily Donham, Ichthyology Lab During Physical Oceanography class (MS 142) Professor Dr. Erika McPhee-Shaw invited interested students to participate in a day cruise aboard the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories 135’ research vessel (R/V) Point Sur.  The cruise was part … Continue reading

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Drop-In to MLML Open House: Track a “Sea Lion” Through the Halls

If something small, furry and tagged bumps into your leg during Open House, don’t worry – it’s probably just a student’s pet posing as a marine mammal!  These visitors below have successfully tracked down Tamale the would-be sea lion by … 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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Sampling the Seafloor with a Lunar Lander?

Just like a space rover, this instrument is designed to help us study places that are inhospitable to people.  But rather than the furthest reaches of space,  this corer travels to the depths of the sea to where it collects … Continue reading

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You Must be This Tall to Ride This Ride

Recent MLML graduate and Drop-In contributor Amanda Kahn poses next to an instrument called a CTD on the deck of the Research Vessel Point Sur.  “CTD”  stands for Conductivity (or salinity), Temperature and Depth – all properties that the nifty … Continue reading

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Come Dive Along With Us at Catalina Island: CSUMB and MLML Join Forces

What does the seafloor look like?  To help answer this question multibeam and sidescan sonar is used on the R/V VenTresca.  A rare habitat called rhodolith beds, calcareous algae beds which look like tiny tumble weeds, are present around Catalina. … Continue reading

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Giant Crane Game for Sediment

What does the sediment look like on the bottom of the ocean?  The easiest way to get a sample is to send a giant sediment sampler (grabber) which is open as it drops to the seafloor, and closes when hits … Continue reading

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What’s the Temp, Doc?

In order to understand how ocean conditions affect fish populations, researchers need to know something about the state of the water when they count fish.  Dr. Rick Starr (left) and Ichthyology student Katie Schmidt are getting ready to test the … Continue reading

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Playing Balloon Technician in the Tropical Pacific

Shandy Buckley by Shandy Buckley, Physical Oceanography Lab In April of this year I flew off to sunny, warm Hawaii to participate in a research cruise for my former school, the University of Hawaii, Manoa. As the plane took off … Continue reading

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