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Coastal Biology
Microbiology & Environmental Toxicology
Fisheries & Fishery Management
Marine & Coastal Geology

Marine & Coastal Policy

Marine Vertebrate Biology
Oceanography & Ocean Processes
Paleoceanography, Paleoclimatology & Global Change

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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