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Moss Landing Marine Laboratories graduate student Kristin Walovich has identified a new species of ghostshark. This deep-sea chimaerid lives at depths of 470-1,000 meters and is the 50th ghostshark species to be identified.
Dr. Jennifer O’Leary form Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Dr. Kerry Nickols from CSU Monterey Bay were a part of a team that surveyed 97 experts in six major coastal biogenic ecosystems and evaluated the literature to identify resilience against climate change. Their results indicate that remaining biogenic habitat, recruitment and connectivity, physical setting, and local management of stressors are important factors for resilience. It is suggested coastal ecosystems may still hold great potential to persist with the threat of climate change and local- to regional – scale management could buffer against these impacts.
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Dr. Katharyn Boyer, a biology professor at San Francisco State University, has spent the last decade experimenting with methods to replenish eelgrass in the San Francisco Bay that creates key habitats and buffer zones around ecosystems. Boyer and her team are figuring out more reliable ways to grow eelgrass such as genotyping to help identify if there’s a “universal donor”, one type of eelgrass that can grow anywhere. Currently, Boyer is part of an effort to add four acres of eelgrass to the San Francisco Bay coastline each year.
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