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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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Our research group uses a combination of engineering concepts and tools including field observation technology, experimentation, modeling, and dynamical systems analysis to insure sustainable coastal and marine resources for the future, what we call Conservation Oceanography and Engineering.

Recent Publications

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    Abalone in a changing climate

    We show how temperature and CO2 interact to determine fertilization success of abalone under potential future climate conditions.

    Boch, CA, SY Litvin, F Micheli, G De Leo, EA Aalto, C Lovera, CB Woodson, SG Monismith, JP Barry. Effects of current and future coastal upwelling conditions on the fertilization success of the red abalone (Haliotis rufescens) ICES Journal of Marine Science doi:

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    Larval fish use Batesian Mimicry to improve survival

    Using the In Situ Ichthyoplankton Imaging System, Adam shows how larval fish morphologically and behaviorally mimic gelatinous zooplankton. These traits are selected for even when negative selection at the adult stage is 1000 times stronger due to the larval stage bottleneck.

    Greer AT, Woodson CB, Guigand CM, Cowen RK. 2016. Larval fishes utilize Batesian mimicry as a survival strategy in the plankton MEPS 551:1-12, doi:10.3354/meps11751

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    Fine-scale structure in plankton communities in the Gulf of Mexico

    We demonstrate fine-scale structure across plankton communities in response to oceanographic structure using the In Situ Ichthyoplankton Imaging System.

    Greer AT, Woodson CB, Smith CE, Guigand CM, Cowen RK. 2016. Examining mesozooplankton patch structure and its implications for trophic interactions in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Journal of Plankton Research, doi: 10.1093/plankt/fbw033