SJSU/MLML invertebrate zoologist Dr. Jonathan Geller retires after 23 years of service

Please join us in wishing SJSU/MLML Professor Jonathan Geller a happy retirement!

Friday, October 1st was Dr. Geller’s last day on the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories faculty after 23 years of service to the labs and San José State University. Dr. Geller first came to MLML in 1998 as an Associate Professor and was promoted to Full Professor in 2005. He served as the MLML Department Chair from 2011 to 2015. Under Dr. Geller’s leadership, students and researchers in the Invertebrate Zoology & Molecular Ecology Lab used genetic techniques to study the evolutionary ecology of marine invertebrates. Dr. Geller looks forward to continuing with this research as a Professor Emeritus. Congratulations on your retirement, Dr. Geller!

 

MLML Quilt Guild featured in Monterey County Weekly

Did you know that at Moss Landing Marine Labs we have our very own Quilt Guild?!

The MLML Quilt Guild was founded in 2001 by a group of dedicated SJSU/MLML community members who came together to design and create a few colorful fabric panels to dampen the echoing sounds in a conference room at the lab. Together they designed an amazing series of quilted panels that featured boats, whales, and the Point Sur Lighthouse. Their finished creation was beautiful and effective, but they didn’t stop there! It’s now been over two decades since the Quilt Guild was founded and over the years our dedicated MLML quilters have made over 30 quilts! 

Learn more about the incredible history of the MLML Quilt Guild in this new article in the Monterey County Weekly.

Sea Otter Savvy researchers organize Sea Otter Awareness Week 2021

Sea Otter Awareness Week 2021 is here! All week we’ll be partnering with SJSU/MLML research affiliates Sea Otter Savvy to share information about these unique marine mammals. This year’s Sea Otter Awareness Week theme is Ecosystem Mosaic, which highlights the idea of the sea otter’s ecosystem as a mosaic of tiny parts in which the removal of key elements or damage to the system’s structure renders the ecological picture incomplete. This theme is celebrated in the amazing SOAW2021 logo designed by SJSU/MLML alumna Heather Barrett ’19!

Follow along on MLML social media all week for more sea otter posts and check out the Sea Otter Awareness Week 2021 Schedule to learn more.

Dr. Jim Harvey celebrated at San Francisco Giants game

After 32 outstanding years of service to Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and San José State University, last week Dr. Jim Harvey retired from his position as MLML Director.

As a show of thanks to their former advisor, a group of Jim's students arranged for a special congratulatory message to be displayed on the jumbotron at Oracle Park during a recent San Francisco Giants game. Jim attended the game with his wife Mary Yoklavich, SJSU/MLML professor Dr. Mike Graham, and Mike's wife Erica Graham (all pictured below). We can't think of a better way to celebrate Jim's incredible career!

Dr. Jim Harvey retires from SJSU/MLML after 32 years

After 32 outstanding years of service to Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and San José State University, today marks Dr. Jim Harvey’s last day as our Director. Please join us in congratulating Jim on his well deserved retirement!

Jim first came to SJSU/MLML as a graduate student in 1974 and has since served as a course instructor, professor, and ultimately lab director for the last decade. He led the Vertebrate Ecology Lab for 20 years, during which time he advised 82 students and served on 132 total thesis committees. Broadly, Jim’s research interests include the ecology, morphology, and behavior of marine mammals, birds, and turtles, with a special focus on the harbor seal population of Elkhorn Slough.

Jim’s contributions to the MLML community over the course of his long career are innumerable and we will miss his steadfast leadership, collegial spirit, and commitment to research and teaching excellence. While Jim is officially retiring from his position as director, he will continue his research and looks forward to spending more time in the field. Current MLML professor and department chair Dr. Ivano Aiello will serve as Interim Director of Moss Landing Marine Labs until a permanent Director has been appointed.

Dr. Sarah Smith joins SJSU/MLML faculty as new biological oceanographer

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Sarah Smith has joined the faculty at SJSU/MLML as our new biological oceanographer! 

Dr. Smith received her MS in Marine Science from SJSU/MLML in 2009 and her PhD in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 2014. Before joining the faculty at MLML, Dr. Smith served as a post-doc, staff scientist, and assistant professor at the J. Craig Venter Institute. Her current research uses a combination of comparative and functional genomics approaches to explore the evolution and molecular mechanisms of physiological regulation in diatoms. Insights from these studies will be used to inform our understanding of the evolution of diatoms and to guide efforts to bioengineer algae as a feedstock for aquaculture and for the cultivation of renewable bioproducts, such as sustainable biofuels.

Dr. Smith will be taking over the MLML Biological Oceanography Lab from her former graduate advisor Dr. Nick Welschmeyer who retired in 2020. Welcome, Sarah!

Mike Prince appointed NSF Antarctic Research Vessel Program Manager

Please join us in congratulating former MLML Marine Superintendent Mike Prince on his new appointment as the Antarctic Research Vessel Program Manager with the National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs.

In this new role, Mike will be responsible for providing technical guidance and direct engagement on overall project development, design, planned construction, and delivery of the Antarctic Research Vessel, a major Office of Polar Programs initiative. He will coordinate with contract personnel, vessel support groups, other sections in OPP, as well as other programs throughout NSF to achieve the project goals.

Read more in the official NSF announcement.

Graduate student Caroline Rodriguez named 2022 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Finalist

Huge congratulations to MLML graduate student Caroline Rodriguez who was selected as a finalist for the 2022 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship!

The one-year NOAA Sea Grant 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.

Caroline’s thesis research through the CSUMB Logan Lab and SJSU/MLML Invertebrate Ecology Lab uses photogrammetry to investigate coral population dynamics in Hawaii. She plans to work at the nexus of marine conservation and environmental justice to advocate for vulnerable communities who are most impacted by climate change.

Read more about Caroline and the three other Knauss Fellowship Finalists from California in the California Sea Grant Knauss announcement.

MLML alumna Allison Crimmins ’07 to direct new National Climate Assessment

MLML alumna Allison Crimmins ’07 has been chosen by the Biden administration to oversee the Fifth U.S. National Climate Assessment. This report will act as the U.S. government’s next authoritative report on the consequences of climate change. 

“It’s becoming increasingly obvious that climate change isn’t something that’s happening far off in the future or somewhere far away to someone else. It’s here now and happening to us,” Crimmins said in an interview with the Washington Post. “As we head into uncharted territory, I think of the National Climate Assessment as an atlas to help move us forward.”

Read more in the Washington Post.

SJSU/MLML alumnus Justin Cordova ’21 publishes paper describing new shark species

In honor of Shark Week 2021, we are thrilled to share the great news that SJSU/MLML scientists have described a new shark species! In their new paper just published in the Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation, MLML alumnus Justin Cordova '21 and Pacific Shark Research Center director Dr. David Ebert describe a new species of catshark from the Southwest Indian Ocean. The proposed name for the new species is Manocherian’s Catshark (Apristurus manocheriani).

Cordova, J.A. & Ebert, D.A. (2021) Apristurus manocheriani (Carcharhiniformes: Pentanchidae), a new species of catshark from the Southwest Indian Ocean. Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation, 38, 13–26. Link.