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COBIA Coral Reef Circulation

Coral Reef Hydrodynamics

Hydrodynamic study to understand extreme temperature and pH on coral reefs in American Samoa.

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COBIA Abalone and Climate

Abalone responses to climate change

Integrated approach to understand impacts of combined stressors on abalone.

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COBIA Climate Variability

Climate Variability

Understanding climate variability to improve resilience of communities and ecosystems within fishing cooperatives in Baja.

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COBIA Marine Conservation and Sustainability

Marine Conservation and Sustainability

Applying coastal oceanography to marine conservation, sustainability and management issues.

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Impacts of Hypoxia on Nearshore Fishes

Measuring and modeling the impacts of hypoxia on rockfishes in Monterey Bay

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COBIA Lab Kelp Forest Array

The Kelp Forest Array

Within the Marine Life Observatory at Hopkins Marine Station

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How do we define sustainability in the face of natural variability? Can we engineer sustainable solutions for coastal communities? Addressing these questions requires an integrative, holistic approach to engineering. Our research group uses a combination of tools including field observation technology, experimentation, modeling, and dynamical systems analysis to insure sustainable coastal and marine resources for the future.

Recent Publications

  • Propagatingfront

    Fronts and internal waves in the coastal ocean

    Using a nearshore mooring array and numerical models, we show how internal waves may be generated at fronts and are modified by local shear.

    Walter, R.K., M. Stastna, C.B. Woodson, and S.G. Monismith. 2016. Observations of nonlinear internal waves at a persistent coastal upwelling front. Continental Shelf Research doi:10.1016/j.csr.2016.02.007

  • Fishes

    Marine ecosystems may be more productive

    We used an extensive analysis of existing literature combined with new data from the In Situ Ichthyoplankton Imaging System to quantify the potential for increased production in marine ecosystems as a result of fine-scale predator prey overlap.

    Greer, A.T., and C.B. Woodson. 2016. Application of a predator–prey overlap metric to determine the impact of sub-grid scale feeding dynamics on ecosystem productivity. ICES Journal of Marine Science: Journal du Conseil doi: 10.1093/icesjms/fsw001

  • Woodson Pnas2015 01 E1456927664860

    Fronts regulate marine ecosystem production

    We used a novel ecosystem model to show how fronts regulate trophic pathways and ultimately fisheries production and biogeochemical cycling in the ocean, including the 2005-2010 salmon decline in central California

    Woodson, C.B., and S.Y. Litvin. 2015. Ocean fronts drive marine ecosystem production and biogeochemical cycling. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1417143112