Fuller Gerbl (Graduate Student)
Fuller Gerbl attended Cabrillo College and obtained an A.S. in Biology, then transferred to California State University Monterey Bay and earned a B.S. in Marine Science and a minor in Statistics. While attending CSUMB, Fuller founded a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization called Ocean Debris Management Initiative (ODMI), collecting macro-marine debris data in central California and the Federated States of Micronesia with students from all over central California. Working with the Chemical Oceanography lab at MLML and the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Fuller’s current research is exploring the removal capacity of biochars in phosphate-rich water from surrounding agricultural sources in the Salinas River Watershed at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. He is interested in determining hotspot microplastic concentrations in surface waters and sediment in Elkhorn Slough. Fuller works as a research assistant at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and specializes in drone mapping, processing imagery, GIS and assists with water quality monitoring. In his free time, he likes to walk his dog, surf, cook and play music.