New paper from graduate student Rachel Aitchison documents first record of banded guitarfish in central California

Congratulations to SJSU/MLML grad student Rachel Aitchison on the publication of her first paper!

Rachel’s paper describes the first record of the banded guitarfish (shown to the right) in central California. This observation represents a major northward range expansion for this species which is typically found in waters off southern California and Mexico. Co-authors on this study include Rachel's MLML advisor Dr. David Ebert and graduate student Gammon Koval.

Read the newly published paper in the Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation.

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.

Virtual Event – Dr. Dave Ebert at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Discovery Lecture Series – June 4


Dr. David Ebert presents:

"Searching for Lost Sharks"

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium | Discovery Lecture Series

Friday, June 4th, 2021 from 7:00-8:30pm pdt

Register for the free event here

About the speaker:

Dr. Dave Ebert is director of the Pacific Shark Research Center and a member of the SJSU/MLML research faculty. He has devoted his life to studying the ocean's most elusive, dangerous and yet fascinating predator - the shark! His adventurous search for Lost Sharks has taken him from his modest hometown in California to the Emperor’s glorious Palace in Tokyo, the dazzling Skeleton Coast of Namibia, and the vibrant streets of Cape Town. His global explorations have led to the discovery of over 50 new shark species.


Alumna Erin Loury ’11 featured in Diversity in Action magazine

During her tenure at MLML, alumna Erin Loury ’11 researched the impacts of marine protected areas (MPAs) on the trophic ecology of gopher rockfish. In the decade since she graduated, Erin has conducted research on fisheries throughout the world and now works as the Communications Director & Fisheries Biologist at the environmental consulting company FISHBIO.

Erin’s marine science career path is one of several highlighted in the latest issue of Diversity in Action magazine. Read the article here.

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.

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.

Pacific Shark Research Center at Sharktoberfest

Get a crash course in shark science and conservation with a pair of talks by researchers from the Pacific Shark Research Center: Program Director Dr. Dave Ebert, who has made finding “lost” sharks his life’s work, and Shark Week’s Vicky Vásquez, who named the ninja lanternshark. Head to the planetarium at 6:30pm for a spin around the world and learn about some of the new shark discoveries over the past year with Dr. Dave Ebert. Then, travel to some of the Pacific Ocean’s most remote islands and marine national monuments during a special screening of Hidden Pacific, followed by a panel featuring its director, Ian Shive, and hosted by David McGuire, Shark Stewards founder and director. Elsewhere, rub elbows with other ocean conservationists who are working to protect threatened shark populations near home.

More info here.

Event Date

Thursday, October 3rd 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm


California Academy of Sciences
Golden Gate Park
55 Music Concourse Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118


Pacific Shark Research Center at Sharktoberfest! – October 4th, 2018

Visit PSRC at Sharktoberfest NightLife

MLML's Pacific Shark Research Center will be at the California Academy of Sciences on October 4th for their Sharktoberfest NightLife Event.  Come ask all your shark questions, or attend one of their talks:

7pm: MLML Grad Student Vicky Vasquez will speak about being the first researcher to identify the elusive Ninja lanternshark.

9pm: MLML Faculty Dr. Dave Ebert has a talk titled “State of Emergency: Searching For Sri Lanka’s Lost Sharks”

Click here for more info!