The Geological Oceanography lab rocks, literally. The rhodolith pictured here is made from calcium carbonate much similar to the bone in our bodies. This alga makes beautiful sand beaches we all enjoy. To learn more about beach formation and the different organisms and rocks that make up the sand beneath your toes, stop by the Geology lab at Moss Landing’s Open House.
Be sure to check out the SCUBA diver hanging somewhere in the MLML halls at Open House this weekend. The MLML dive program will have a booth to discuss the program and classes offered here. We will have SCUBA gear on display, and can share many stories of diving in the beautiful waters of Monterey Bay!
During Open House, you can come on down to the Phycology Lab (from phykos, meaning seaweed) and check out different red, green and brown algae. Learn about agar and carrageenan, which are polysaccarides or carbohydrates that come from algae. They are in shampoo, diet shakes, soy milk, toothpaste and even ice cream! We will most likely have some ice cream for people to see the carrageenan in the ingredients and do a taste test!
The Benthic Lab at MLML has journeyed to some pretty exotic places, including under the ice of Antarctica. Come see the gear, specimens and videos from their Antarctic explorations, and learn more about their trusty robot SCINI!
If something small, furry and tagged bumps into your leg during Open House, don’t worry – it’s probably just a student’s pet posing as a marine mammal! These visitors below have successfully tracked down Tamale the would-be sea lion by following the beeping noises transmitted from Tamale’s tag to their receiver antenna. Scientists in the Vertebrate Ecology Lab use this method to relocate their tagged animals in the field. Come to our Open House to give it a try for yourself!
How basic can you be and still be called a fish? With no eyes and no jaws, hagfish would certainly take the prize. They aren’t all about minimalism, though – they actually have five hearts! What makes these simple fish fascinating is the defense that earns them the name “slime eel.” Come to the Icthyology Lab during Open House to watch the hagfish exude some of their slimey goodness – it sure makes for some fun photo taking! (Marine scientist love slime…)
Biological Oceanography student Shana Carmichael readies a Niskin bottle to show Open House visitors how scientists use it to collect water at different depths in the ocean. The bottles are arranged in a carousel on a CTD instrument like the one shown below (and modeled here). Scientists lower the instrument to the depth of interest in the ocean, then send down a “messenger” weight that triggers the bottle to close at both ends. Each bottle can be filled with water from a different layer of the ocean, allowing scientists to sample oxygen, nutrients, plankton and other water components across a range of depths. Come to Open House to see a nifty Niskin for yourself!
This sunglass-wearing fish skeleton thinks MLML is the coolest! When you come to the MLML Open House, be sure to take a stroll around the Ichthyology Lab. The fish skeletons reconstructed by MLML students are sure to impress you. The guy wearing the sunglasses is a giant seabass, while the large fish skull in the foreground is from a Hawaiian grouper. They hope you’ll say aloha in a couple of weeks!
Sometimes we all need a break from the daily grind. What’s a good way to take a breather? How about taking some time for arts and crafts!
These MLML students are taking some time after-hours to paint the aquarium scene for the 2009 puppet show. MLML alumna Heather Hawk lent her expertise and drew the fantastic backdrop, then directed her peers to fill the corals in with the proper colors.
If you’d like to see the 2009 Open House puppet show featuring Harry Spotter, take a look here!