Virtual Seminar – From molecules to management: how stable isotope analysis can inform conservation planning for sea turtles – February 11th


Jeffrey Seminoff, NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center

Hosted by the Vertebrate Ecology Lab

Presenting: "From molecules to management: how stable isotope analysis can inform conservation planning for sea turtles"

MLML Virtual Seminar | February 11th, 2021 at 4pm

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Dr. Jeffrey Seminoff is Leader of the Marine Turtle Ecology & Assessment Program and Director of the Stable Isotope Laboratory at the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center (La Jolla, California). Since 1992 Jeff has been involved in ecological research and conservation of sea turtles in the Pacific Ocean. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2000, and was a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research at the University of Florida from 2000 to 2002. Seminoff is the Past-President of the International Sea Turtle Society and hosted the 31st International Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation in San Diego in 2011. He is Editor of the hard-cover book 'Sea Turtles of the Eastern Pacific' (University of Arizona Press) and was team leader for the green sea turtle status assessments for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Seminoff serves as the U.S. Delegate for the Scientific Committee of the Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles, is a member of IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group and the IUCN Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group, and is the Executive Editor of the professional scientific journal Chelonian Conservation and Biology. He is deeply committed to teaching and training young scientists about turtle research and conservation techniques, and has served on thesis committees of more than 50 graduate students. Jeffrey’s current research uses innovative approaches such as stable isotope analysis, biotelemetry, animal-borne imagery, and aerial surveys to elucidate the life history of sea turtles throughout the world. He has authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications and his research has been featured in numerous popular magazines, local and national news outlets, as well as on the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, PBS, and National Geographic Television. Jeffrey lives with his wife, Jennifer, and children Quin and Graeson, in San Diego along with their three dogs and two leopard tortoises, Winnie and Mango.


Virtual Seminar – Recovery of white sharks off California and what this means to coastal communities – February 4th


Chris Lowe, CSU Long Beach

Hosted by the Pacific Shark Research Center

Presenting: "Recovery of white sharks off California and what this means to coastal communities"

MLML Virtual Seminar | February 4th, 2021 at 4pm

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Dr. Chris Lowe is a professor in marine biology and director of the Shark Lab at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), where he and his students work with acoustic and satellite telemetry techniques to study the movement, behavior and physiology of sharks, rays and gamefishes.   He has been an active scientific diver for 30 years, logging 100s of research related dives at “sharky” places including California, Hawaii, Northwestern Hawaiian Island, Palmyra Atoll, Belize, Bikini Atoll, Great Barrier Reef, and the Philippines.  Dr. Lowe serves on the CSU Ocean Studies Institute and USC Diving Control Boards.

Dr. Lowe earned his Bachelor of Arts in marine biology at Barrington College in Rhode Island and a Master of Science degree in biology at CSULB. In 1998, he earned a doctorate in zoology, studying bioenergetics of juvenile hammerhead sharks, at the University of Hawaii.

In 1998, he returned to CSULB to teach marine biology and oversee the Shark Lab, which was founded in 1966 by Dr. Donald R. Nelson, a pioneer in the development and use of acoustic telemetry to study sharks. It has been Dr. Lowe’s goal to maintain the history of innovation Dr. Nelson established. For the last ten years, he and his students have been studying the baby and juvenile white sharks of Southern California and have greatly contributed to the field of knowledge for this enigmatic species. In addition, recent research by Dr. Lowe and his student team has focused on the development of underwater robots for autonomously tracking sharks and gamefishes. He has garnered several academic awards, including CSULB’s 2008-2009 Outstanding Professor Award, 2012 CSULB Impact in Research Award, 2016 the Nell and John Wooden Ethics in Leadership Award, and recognized by the Orange County Register as among the top 100 Most Influential People.

As the climate, ocean and marine life continue to change, Dr. Lowe has become adept at speaking to media about how fluctuations in water temperatures and weather patterns have affected ocean life. He has appeared in many articles and on TV and radio broadcasts, including the PBS/BBC special “Big Blue Live”, “TODAY”, “Al Jazeera America”, “CBC News”, Newsweek, KNX Radio, the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Time and the Long Beach Press-Telegram, just to name a few.

Dr. Lowe grew up on Martha’s Vineyard, where he spent a majority of his youth fishing and diving the waters around Cape Cod. He comes from a long line of New England fishermen and whalers, and the first in his family to go to college, he believes a career focused on the ocean environment was inevitable.


Virtual Seminar – Envisioning a diverse and inclusive research workforce in fisheries science – January 28th


Ivan Arismendi, Oregon State University

Hosted by the Fisheries and Conservation Biology Lab

Presenting: "Envisioning a diverse and inclusive research workforce in fisheries science"

MLML Virtual Seminar | January 28th, 2021 at 4pm

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Dr. Ivan Arismendi is an aquatic ecologist who currently holds an Assistant Professor position at Oregon State University. Growing up in southern Chile, his interest for aquatic ecology was sparked as he witnessed the invasion of trout and salmon in his native waters. He successfully obtained a bachelor’s degree in Fisheries Engineering and a Doctorate degree in Forest Sciences from Austral University in Chile. Currently, he leads scientific research to improve our understanding about the role of natural variability and human-related disturbances on aquatic ecosystems. Specifically, he focuses on global environmental change, invasion biology, and aquatic food webs. But, he is also interested in the people who use or study in natural resources, which has led to emergent research on diversity, equity, and inclusion in science. To date, Dr. Arismendi has led to over 70 scientific publications and has received various awards, including the “Savery Outstanding Young Faculty Award” from the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University and the Emmeline Moore Prize from the American Fisheries Society (AFS), a career achievement award that recognizes efforts in the promotion of demographic diversity in AFS. As a mentor and advisor, Dr. Arismendi helps students become the professionals they desire to be and he enhances the student diversity in his department by mentoring and advising both graduate and undergraduate students, including students from Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Russia, and Vietnam. His research lab includes members from a variety of identities and backgrounds including racial minorities, gender minorities, veterans, and international students. He has mentored 2 postdocs, advised 14 graduate students, and mentored 19 undergraduate students. He contributes to several DEI initiatives, including a summer camp to engage high school students from underserved communities, which received the Oregon State University Outreach and Engagement Vice-Provost Team Award for Excellence in 2020. He self-identifies as a LatinX scientist with a strong commitment to serve as an example to students that science is available to everyone.


Virtual Seminar – Integrative organismal biology at the largest scale – December 3rd


Jeremy Goldbogen, Hopkins Marine Station (Stanford)

Hosted by the Vertebrate Ecology Lab

Presenting: "Integrative organismal biology at the largest scale"

MLML Virtual Seminar | December 3rd, 2020 at 4pm

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Jeremy Goldbogen is a comparative physiologist and marine biologist. He started his research career studying locomotion in hummingbirds and Antarctic sea butterflies (pteropods) as an undergraduate student at the University of Texas at Austin. Jeremy then completed a M.Sc. degree in marine biology from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California - San Diego. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where he studied the feeding strategies of the largest baleen whales. He returned to Scripps as a postdoctoral researcher for one year before joining the Cascadia Research Collective in Olympia, WA for two years. He is now Assistant Professor of Biology at Stanford University, located at the Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove, CA.


Virtual Seminar – The role of top predators in dynamic ocean management – November 19th


Elliott Hazen, NOAA

Hosted by the Vertebrate Ecology Lab

Presenting: "The role of top predators in dynamic ocean management"

MLML Virtual Seminar | November 19th, 2020 at 4pm

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I received my master’s of science in the Spring of 2003 from the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and my PhD from Duke University in 2008. Currently, I am working at NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center in Monterey, CA. My general research interests fall in the realm of ecology and ecological modeling with an added interest in predator-prey relationships, scale, and oceanographic forcing. In my research, I have used novel technologies such as fisheries acoustics, biologging tags, and oceanographic data paired with spatial statistics to examine predator ecology. Four research questions to date include:

  1. Species Ecology, Movement, and Distribution: How do top predators use both ocean features and prey landscapes to migrate and forage?
  2. Foraging Theory and Behavior: How does prey mediate fine scale foraging ecology and behavioral plasticity of humpback and blue whales?
  3. Climate Variability and Climate Change: How is climate change expected to change pelagic hotspots of biodiversity?
  4. Applied Ecology and Management: How do we use the best ecological information to improve conservation and management?

Ideally this research can be used to understand the effects of oceanographic features on fish distributions and how that relates to the larger community. Knowledge of where and how mid-trophic species aggregate is necessary when trying to manage their predators and the surrounding ecosystem. Furthermore, if we can identify the oceanographic characteristics of key habitat and hotspots, we can predict how these areas might change in the future


Elliott Hazen Presents: The role of top predators in dynamic ocean management

Virtual Seminar – Macrocystis pyrifera life history: unwrapping the ecological relevance of microscopic stages – November 12th


Alejandro Heriberto Buschmann Rubio, Universidad de Los Lagos (Chile)

Hosted by the Phycology Lab

Presenting: "Macrocystis pyrifera life history: unwrapping the ecological relevance of microscopic stage"

MLML Virtual Seminar | November 12th, 2020 at 4pm

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Full Professor and researcher of i-mar Research Center ( at the Universidad de Los Lagos, obtaining its Ph.D. at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. At the present he is also a senior researcher at the Centre for Biotechnology and Bioengineering ( With over 140 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, in aspects of coastal ecology, seaweed aquaculture, focusing on the role on integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) towards a sustainable aquaculture development. Due to his scientific achievements, he was eligible as member of the Chilean Academy of Science and President of the International Seaweed Association (ISAC). Also, he was recognized by the International Foundation for Science (IFS) with “The Silver Jubillee Award” for its scientific achievements on seaweed aquaculture and in 2018 received the award “Honor in Scientia Marina” given by the Marine Science Society of Chile. In the present he is part of editorial committees of scientific journals like Aquaculture, Aquaculture Environment Interactions, Algal Research, Perspective in Phycology, and Associate editor of the Journal of Phycology and Journal of Applied Phycology. He was the Director of Research and Graduate School at the Universidad de Los Lagos and head of i-mar research Center. In addition, Dr. Buschmann has been designated in different scientific panels of the Chilean Science Agency (ANID) as well as in national commissions for graduate program quality certification (CNA). As a scientific consultant, he has been able to support seaweed culture developments with the industry and the promotion of the use sustainable environmental technologies for aquaculture with different world stakeholders.

Alejandro Buschmann Presents: Macrocystis pyrifera life history: unwrapping the ecological relevance of microscopic stages

Virtual Seminar – Photosymbiotic sponges and the erosion of coral reefs – November 5th


Michelle Achlatis, California Academy of Sciences

Hosted by the Invertebrate Ecology Lab

Presenting: "Photosymbiotic sponges and the erosion of coral reefs"

MLML Virtual Seminar | November 5th, 2020 at 4pm

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Michelle started her studies in her homeland Greece at the University of Crete and went on to complete a Master's degree in Oceanography at the University of Amsterdam. She then joined the Coral Reef Ecosystems group at the University of Queensland, Australia, as a PhD student. During her PhD, she studied coral-excavating sponges on the Great Barrier Reef. Her research focused on excavating sponges that host dinoflagellate symbionts, exploring how the symbiosis affects the ability of the host sponge to erode coral frameworks. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the California Academy of Sciences. Her ongoing project uses genomic tools to explore how the populations of excavating sponges spread on the reefs of Curaçao (Southern Caribbean) in collaboration with the local research foundation CARMABI.

Michelle Achlatis Presents: Photosymbiotic sponges and the erosion of coral reefs

Virtual Seminar – Trophic relationships in the benthos: feeding morphology and ecology of macroinvertebrates – October 22nd


Maya deVries, SJSU

Hosted by the Invertebrate Ecology Lab

Presenting: "Trophic relationships in the benthos: feeding morphology and ecology of macroinvertebrates"

MLML Virtual Seminar | October 22nd, 2020 at 4pm

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Maya’s research reveals how the fundamental relationship between feeding morphology and feeding ecology on the individual level can help to shape the trophic ecology of an ecosystem. My lab further explores how environmental change may alter these relationships. We approach these classic questions in functional morphology and ecology by integrating tools from animal behavior, biomechanics, stable isotope ecology, robotics, and engineering.

Maya deVries Presents: Trophic relationships in the benthos: feeding morphology and ecology of macroinvertebrates

Virtual Seminar – Using genomic tools to explore fish evolution in extreme environments – October 15th


Liz Alter, CSUMB

Hosted by the Invertebrate Zoology Lab

Presenting: "Using genomic tools to explore fish evolution in extreme environments"

MLML Virtual Seminar | October 15th, 2020 at 4pm

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Dr. Liz Alter is a population geneticist and evolutionary biologist who recently joined the faculty of the Biology and Chemistry Department at California State University Monterey Bay. She is also a Research Associate at the American Museum of Natural History. Her research, published in peer-reviewed journals including PNAS and Molecular Ecology, focuses on understanding how aquatic biodiversity is generated and maintained, particularly in extreme environments including urban estuaries and rivers, using the tools of genomics. She directs an undergraduate STEM initiative funded by the National Science Foundation (Bridge to Research in Environmental and Applied Metagenomics), which aims to improve retention and academic success in STEM among underrepresented and first-generation students by immersing them in real-world research experiences, and to simultaneously improve our state of knowledge about pressing local environmental issues. Liz also advises the Scientific Advisory Board of the Billion Oyster Project, which seeks to restore urban marine ecosystems while training high school students in marine science. She received her B.A. in Anthropology and Biology from Yale University, and PhD in Biological Sciences from Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station.

Liz Alter Presents: Using genomic tools to explore fish evolution in extreme environments

Virtual Seminar – Ocean Health and Seafood Safety in the Gulf of Guinea – October 8th


Edem Mahu, University of Ghana; MLML alumna

Hosted by the Chemical Oceanography Lab

Presenting: "Ocean Health and Seafood Safety in the Gulf of Guinea"

MLML Virtual Seminar | October 8th, 2020 at 4pm

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Heavy metal pollution of the aquatic environment continues to be among the most challenging environmental concerns in the Gulf of Guinea. The problem has escalated over the past few decades mainly because of the lack enforcement for regulating industrial effluent discharges into the aquatic environment and the indiscriminate use of toxic metals in artisanal gold mining. The study presents a historical assessment of heavy metal accumulation trends in Ghana’s coastal environment looking into ecotoxicological risks and seafood safety implications.

Dr. Edem Mahu Presents: Ocean Health and Seafood Safety in the Gulf of Guinea