The populations of Pismo clams are declining at Pismo and Grover Beaches due to environmental conditions. A team of students and researchers led by Dr. Ben Ruttenberg, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, are working to restore the clam populations while involving the community in the process. Marissa Bills, a graduate student on this project and one of this year's COAST Graduate Research Awardees, is studying the growth rates of the clams!
Like switching to sunglasses on a bright day, some coral can swap in algae that are more tolerant of warmer temperatures. Dr. Cheryl Logan, CSU Monterey Bay Associate Professor, and colleagues have developed a model to predict how these corals might survive warmer waters as climate change continues.
The Western Pacific leatherback population off of California has been experiencing a 5.6% annual decline according to a co-authored study by Dr. Scott Benson. This San Jose State and Moss Landing Marine Laboratory researcher has been studying what conservation efforts can be made to help with the unique threats this population faces during their months-long migration across the Pacific Ocean.
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