Estuaries are dramatically changing environments that experience "very strong gradients in temperature, salinity" and "all of the physical parameters that are much stronger than you see in the open ocean.” To gain insight into how oysters cope in this environment, San Diego State researchers, Dr. Luke Miller, and graduate student Gabriella Kalbach, deploy oysters with magnetic sensors to measure biological behavior.
Through the new State Science Information Needs Program (SSINP), COAST will fund $2.6M in research by CSU faculty members to support the state of California’s highest priority ocean, coastal, and coastal watershed related science needs. The goal of the program is to provide the science needed for informed policy development and evidence-based decision making in a timely and actionable manner. COAST is now accepting proposals for RFP 1: microplastics and microfibers.
Former CSU Channel Islands Undergraduate student Dorothy Horn, published a study with co-author Dr. Clare Steele, a CSU CI Professor, and others on the effect of microplastics on key species in beach ecosystems. The sand crab, for example, shows a decrease in reproductive success and an increase in adult mortality when exposed to microplastics.
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