Scott Benson and Karin Forney have been honored by the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) for their outstanding volunteer service in support of the BeachCOMBERS (Coastal Ocean Mammal and Bird Education and Research Surveys) program. This citizen-science program identifies seasonal and long-term biological trends in natural and anthropogenic mortality of marine mammals and seabirds and provides important information to resources managers. Scott originally developed the BeachCOMBERS program in 1997, in collaboration with MBNMS and MLML, while attending graduate school at MLML. The program initially covered about 30 miles of beach in Monterey Bay and has since expanded to include beaches as far south as Ventura County. For the past 21 years, Scott and Karin have conducted systematic monthly surveys on one of the 3-mile beach sections in Monterey Bay to enumerate and identify beachcast birds and mammals. Over the years, Scott has trained dozens of volunteers in rigorous science-based data collection methods and species identification. Scott and Karin have also co-authored several publications and conference presentations resulting from these data, including analyses of fishery bycatch, oiling events, and natural mortality spikes caused by El Niño conditions or toxic algal blooms.
Come to MLML's 2018 Open House Weekend!
Saturday & Sunday, April 28th-29th, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ocean fun for all ages! | Arts & crafts | Food and drinks for purchase | Live touch tanks
Marine life puppet show | Meet faculty, staff, and students | Raffles & prizes | Research talks
Can't make Open House, but want to support graduate student research? You can support student scholarships by donating to our Crowdfunding Campaign!
Dr. Patricia Eichler is Biological Oceanographer interested on the assessment of coastal and marine environments through the use of marine benthic Foraminifera, physical and geo-chemical datasets. More recently, she has been focusing on the use of stable isotopes for micropaleontology studies and paleoenvironmental reconstruction. Her skills and expertise focus in the Environment, Water Quality, Ecology and Evolution, Ecosystem Ecology, Marine Ecology, Sedimentology, Biodiversity, and Conservation of Marine Environment and Marine Biodiversity. She is a Professor at the Environmental Sciences Post Graduation Program at Sul de Santa Catarina University (Unisul) and at the Geodynamic and Geophysics and Geophysics Post Graduation Program in the Federal do Rio Grande do Norte University.
Welcome to MLML, Dr. Eichler!
The Graduate Student Thesis Defense is the Culminating Experience for MLML’s Masters in Marine Science program. Our graduate students are required to present their thesis to an audience comprised of their Thesis Committee, MLML Faculty, fellow students, the MLML research community, and researchers from other marine science institutions. They also are open to the public.