Estuaries provide many ecologically important functions including providing nurseries for many species, carbon sequestration, and protection from threats such as sea-level rise. Funded by the California Ocean Protection Council, Humboldt State and California Sea Grant researchers implemented a bay-wide eelgrass monitoring program in Humboldt bay to better understand estuaries.
Complete removal of an offshore oil rig could cause harm to marine life and their environment. However, according to Cal Poly Pomona professor Dr. Jeremy Claisse, "approximately 90% biomass and production are retained through partial removal." Topics, such as oil rig decommissioning methods, are discussed among scientists and the public at various forums.
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.
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