MLML logo featured in video highlighting the history of famous Japanese design “The Great Wave”

You probably recognize the iconic Japanese design “The Great Wave” from its countless recreations on posters, advertisements, emojis 🌊, and even our signature Moss Landing Marine Labs wave logo. But what is the story behind this image and how did it become so famous?

German newspaper Zeit Online recently produced a fascinating short film about the history of The Great Wave that includes the original MLML wave logo designed by Chuck Versaggi at 7:10 (also pictured right). Watch the video with English subtitles here.

Still want to learn more? Check out this blogpost by Lloyd Kitazano from our 50th Anniversary Blog to learn more about the story behind the MLML wave.

California Sea Grant story highlights collaborative MPA research led by SJSU/MLML

Just beyond California’s kelp forests, patches of rock and sandy seafloor stretch from 100-300 ft deep in what scientists call the mid-depth rocky reef ecosystem. This zone comprises around 75% of the state’s ocean, but its depth makes it a hard area for researchers to access—and one of the most understudied of the near-shore ecosystems.

SJSU/MLML researchers Dr. Rick Starr and Dr. Amanda Kahn are leading a long-term monitoring project that combines state-of-the-art ROVs and video landers with historical data including old photos and research accounts to shed some light on this understudied zone. The project contributes to a larger effort to study the effects of marine protected areas in California. In a three-year study funded by the Ocean Protection Council, California Sea Grant and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, scientists across the state are comparing changes in marine populations inside and outside of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

Read more about this exciting ongoing research in the California Sea Grant story.

Photos courtesy of Rick Starr.

Professor Gitte McDonald featured in National Geographic video about emperor penguins

Many campers have probably encountered a curious squirrel or hungry raccoon trying to break into their tent… but what about a pack of mischievous penguins? SJSU/MLML professor and Antarctic researcher Dr. Gitte McDonald is no stranger to the antics of these large seabirds.

Dr. McDonald and her colleagues were recently featured in a new video from National Geographic about the hilarious penguin invasion of their field camp in Antarctica. Check out the video here.

SJSU/MLML alumna Nancy Black establishes non-profit California Killer Whale Project

The California Killer Whale Project (CKWP) is a new non-profit dedicated to the study of killer whales (Orcinus orca) along the California coast. While the organization was officially established in December 2019, their research has been going on for decades and their database of killer whale sightings spans the past 66 years. The mission of CKWP is to continue the long-term study of the ecology, natural history, and conservation of California's killer whales. CKWP CEO and co-founder Nancy Black received her MS in Marine Science from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in 1995 and has spent the last three decades studying the killer whales of Monterey Bay. 

Learn more about the California Killer Whale Project and how you can contribute to their important research at their website.

Moss Landing Marine Labs featured in the New York Times

SJSU/MLML research faculty member and ghost shark expert Dr. David Ebert is featured in a new article from the New York Times about the race to study these mysterious deep-sea fishes before they disappear forever.

Nearly half of the ghost shark species known to science were discovered only during the past two decades. “We’re just now starting to figure out that there are a lot more of these things around than we realized previously,” said Dr. Ebert, whose lab, the Pacific Shark Research Center, has been credited with the discovery of over 20% of the known ghost shark species.

Read the NYT story by Annie Roth here.

New study from SJSU/MLML and NOAA Fisheries scientists finds major decline in West Coast leatherback turtle population

Enormous Pacific leatherback sea turtles are so ancient they lived with the dinosaurs. Now a new study from SJSU/MLML and NOAA Fisheries researchers shows that leatherbacks that forage off the U.S. West Coast are trending towards extinction in as little as a few decades. The study was led by NOAA Fisheries scientist and MLML research affiliate Scott Benson and co-authored by MLML researchers Dr. Karin Forney and Dr. Jim Harvey.

Biologists estimated an annual average of about 128 leatherback turtles foraging off Central California from 1990 to 2003. That number dropped to an average of about 55 per year from 2004 to 2017. “In short order these animals are going to be gone if things don’t turn around,” said SJSU/MLML director and study co-author Jim Harvey. “You can’t just protect them in one location. You have to protect them across half the globe.”

Learn more about this important research in the NOAA Fisheries news article. Read the original peer-reviewed article in the journal Global Ecology and Conservation here.

Photo credit: NOAA Fisheries/Southwest Fisheries Science Center

Research faculty member Dr. David Ebert publishes new shark field guide with Princeton University Press

Congratulations to SJSU/MLML research faculty member Dr. David Ebert of the Pacific Shark Research Center on the publication of his latest book, titled “Field Guide to Sharks, Rays & Chimaeras of Europe and the Mediterranean”.

The book was published this week by Princeton University Press and features comprehensive descriptions and illustrations of all 146 species of sharks, rays, and chimaeras found in the northeast Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea. Learn more and purchase the book here.

SJSU/MLML aquaculture research highlighted in new CSU article

In the next 30 years, global seafood demand is expected to grow 30 percent; aquaculture is expected to meet nearly all of this increased global demand. Researchers and students at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories are on the forefront of the growing sustainable aquaculture movement in the US.

A recent article from California State University highlights some of our ongoing aquaculture research projects including Olympia oyster restoration and the use of seaweed to reduce methane emissions from cows. Check out the article here to learn more about SJSU/MLML aquaculture research.

SJSU awards Dr. Anthony Fauci with William Randolph Hearst Award

Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, SJSU College of Science, is proud to join San José State University in honoring Dr. Anthony Fauci with the William Randolph Hearst Award for excellence in mass communications. SJSU and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications presented the award to Dr. Fauci on Tuesday, November 17th in a virtual ceremony attended by more than 2,500 SJSU students, faculty, staff, and community members.

Public opinion surveys nationwide have consistently reported Dr. Anthony Fauci is one of the voices most Americans trust and seek out for timely information during the pandemic. With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing the annual William Randolph Hearst Award to be held virtually, it was fitting that Dr. Fauci was honored with the award for excellence in mass communication.

Learn more about Dr. Fauci and the William Randolph Hearst Award here.