|Diver checking out sponge in the Antarctic (Clabuesch)
Oceanography & Ocean Processes
Scientists studying ocean science in this cluster group explore the oceans to gain deeper understandings of their chemical, physical, and biological components. From Antarctica to Monterey Bay, they travel on ships that traverse the ocean surface and probe the midwater and deep sea. Their research has enabled scientists to view the processes that affect productivity in the oceans with a new perspective.
From a human perspective, the coastal seas are among the most important and vulnerable areas of the world's oceans. We use these areas for food supplies, as much of the world's fish catch is taken from coastal waters and adjacent upwelling regions.
Phytoplankton are the first link in the ocean food chain that sustains marine fish, mammals, birds, and humans. As a result, phytoplankton blooms control biological variability in coastal ecosystems and especially in Monterey Bay.
Mounting evidence suggests that the natural cycles of bloom variability and species composition are being altered on a global scale by human activities, including input of essential nutrients and toxic contaminants, manipulation of river flows, and species translocation. The first step to protection of the ocean is to gain knowledge of how ocean systems work.
Oceanography & Ocean Processes Cluster Members
Clarissa Anderson: Assistant Researcher
Kenneth Bruland: Professor of Ocean Sciences
Patrick Chuang: Associate Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences
Christopher Edwards: Associate Professor of Ocean Sciences
Jerome Fiechter: Assistant Researcher
Tom Guilderson: Associate Researcher and Lecturer in Ocean Sciences
Raphael Kudela: Professor of Ocean Sciences
Zbigniew Kolber: Researcher
Baldo Marinovic: Associate Research Biologist
Matthew McCarthy: Associate Professor of Ocean Sciences
Carlos Moffat: Assistant Researcher
Andrew Moore: Professor of Ocean Sciences
Gregory Rau: Research Recalled Marine Scientist
Marilou Sison-Mangus: Assistant Professor of Ocean Sciences
Mary Silver: Emeritus Professor of Ocean Sciences
Jonathan Zehr: Professor of Ocean Sciences
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