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Cal Poly Pomona Biology Professor, Dr. Andrea Bonisoli Alquati, was a part of a team that examined the tissues of seaside sparrows living in Louisiana marshlands exposed to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The team concluded oil from the spill was found in the birds’ feathers and digestive tracts indicating oil does not stay where it’s spilled with the potential to move into land-based ecosystems. They say this is the first demonstration that oil from the spill made it into the food chain of land animals.
SDSU marine archaeologist, Dr. Todd Braje, published a book, “Shellfish for the Celestial Empire: The Rise and Fall of Commercial Abalone Fishing in California” that explores the state’s once-booming mollusk-harvesting industry run by Chinese immigrants as well as its demise. Braje spent over a decade researching, recording, mapping, and sampling sites along the Northern Channel Islands to tell this story.
CSULB Shark Lab Director Dr. Chris Lowe launched the Southern California Acoustic Telemetry Tracking Network’s (SCATTN) new website which allows the public to follow tagged ocean animals as they migrate along the Pacific coast. SCATTN is a collaborative group of researchers using remote acoustic communications tools to study the behavior of marine life in Southern California.
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