Grad student Caroline Rodriguez heads to Washington, DC as Knauss Fellow

We are so excited to follow MLML grad student Caroline Rodriguez’s upcoming journey to Washington, DC as a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow!

The one-year Knauss Fellowship places early career professionals in federal government offices in Washington, DC. The 74 total 2022 Knauss finalists will become the 43rd class of the fellowship and will join a group of almost 1,500 professionals who have received hands-on experiences transferring science to policy and management. For her year-long fellowship, Caroline will be working for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of International Affairs.

Learn more about Caroline and her path to DC in this story from her home campus, California State University, Monterey Bay.

Virtual Seminar – Recent lessons from gelatinous zooplankton – February 3rd


Casey Dunn, Yale University

Hosted by the MLML Visiting Scientist, Karen Crow

Presenting: "Recent lessons from gelatinous zooplankton"

MLML Virtual Seminar | February 3rd, 2022 at 4pm

Watch the Live Stream here or here

About the speaker:

Casey Dunn mostly grew up in rural northern California. He did his undergraduate studies at Stanford, his graduate studies at Yale, and a postdoc at the University of Hawaii. He then was on the faculty at Brown for 10 years, and has been back at Yale since. He is an evolutionary biologist with a special interest in the gelatinous zooplankton of the open ocean. His work integrates natural history, phylogenetics, and genomics.

Virtual Seminar – Science informing resource management for Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary – January 27


Andrew Devogelaere, NOAA MBNMS, MLML, CSUMB

Hosted by the Geological Oceanography Lab

Presenting: "Science informing resource management for Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary"

MLML Virtual Seminar | January 27th, 2022 at 4pm

Watch the Live Stream here or here

About the speaker:

Dr. DeVogelaere oversees the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary's Research Program. This includes facilitating collaboration among over 20 research institutions in the region, providing technical information to decision makers and the Sanctuary staff, and initiating research on resource management issues. Dr. DeVogelaere is also leading the Sanctuary Integrated Monitoring Network (SIMoN), a critical program that assesses how populations of marine organisms and habitats are changing through time.  He has been directly involved in a wide variety of research projects, ranging in habitats from the deep-sea to estuaries. His past work experience includes being an elected official as Commissioner for the Moss Landing Harbor District and Research Coordinator for the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master of Science in Marine Science from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, and a Doctorate in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Andrew DeVogelaere Presents: Science informing resource management for Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Thesis Defense by Amanda Camarato – December 3rd


"Satellite Remote Sensing & Model Reanalysis Estimates of Upper-Ocean Heat Content in the Canada Basin"
A Thesis Defense by Amanda Camarato

The Physical Oceanography Lab

MLML Live-Stream | December 3rd, 2021 at 12 pm

Thesis Abstract:

The partitioning of solar radiation entering the upper ocean in the presence of sea ice during the Arctic summer is essential to predicting future ice retreat.  This study compares predicted incoming heat with upper ocean density and thermal structure by constructing a simple, one-dimensional vertical heat budget around drifting buoy clusters deployed as part of the Stratified Ocean Dynamics of the Arctic experiment. Model reanalysis surface heat flux estimates were used with Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and satellite radiometer derived open water fraction (OWF) estimates to construct an incoming surface heat flux budget.   The incoming solar radiation forced upper-ocean heat gains, either stored locally or contributing to ice melt, through open water and the thinning ice cover.  The estimated seasonal heat input directly through SAR-determined open water is roughly 44 MJ m-2, and the measured heat sinks total 104 MJ m-2 for mixed layer heat gain, basal melting, and basal conductance.  Given the lack of sizeable advective heat sources, these results suggest that the residual heat source is through-ice transmittance.  A transmission parameter was estimated from the residual heat flux and comparable to previous in situ observations of ice transmittance.  These results suggest that through-ice transmittance is the dominating heat source around the observation site during the summer 2019 melt season.

Amanda Camarato Presents: Satellite Remote Sensing & Model Reanalysis Estimates of Upper-Ocean Heat Content In The Canada Basin

Virtual Seminar – The Impacts of Submesoscale Currents on Marine Life From Phytoplankton to White Sharks – December 2


Leif Thomas, Stanford University

Hosted by the Physical Oceanography Lab

Presenting: "The Impacts of Submesoscale Currents on Marine Life From Phytoplankton to White Sharks"

MLML Virtual Seminar | December 2nd, 2021 at 4pm

Watch the Live Stream here or here

About the speaker:

Dr. Leif N. Thomas is an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth System Science at Stanford University. Thomas received a PhD in Physical Oceanography from the University of Washington, and was an Assistant Scientist at WHOI before joining the faculty at Stanford.  His research aims to understand the dynamics of submesoscale currents, highly energetic, time-variable flows that are associated with ocean fronts and eddies. These flows are ubiquitous in the upper ocean and strongly shape how water is exchanged between the sea surface and the deep, with implications for marine life, the dispersal of tracers, and the carbon and energy budgets of the ocean. Thomas’ research group at Stanford uses theory, computer modeling, and field observations to characterize the complex physics of submesoscale currents and assess their global-scale impacts on the ocean and climate.