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WINTER 2016 E-NEWS

FEATURE STORY

Bringing Oceans into the COP21 Conversation

The Center for Ocean Solutions (COS) and its partner organizations mobilized around a common goal: bringing oceans issues into the UN Climate Talks during COP21. Our compelling videos made the case that oceans needed to be part of the conversation, and highlighted some of the science-based solutions within the partnership.

A Time for Sea Change

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Solutions for Sea Change

 



Also read a special guest feature from COS consultant, Alessandra Santiago. Santiago attended COP21 as a political adviser to the ambassador for Palau. She reflects on her conference experience and the successes of small island nations.

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Emerging Solution: Realizing Environmental Innovation Program


The effects of climate change on California's central coast may be substantial. Thanks to the Realizing Environmental Innovation Program (REIP) grant, COS and collaborators are creating an online mapping interface that identifies how natural coastal features offer protection to infrastructure.

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Staff Spotlight: Laura Good, the Center's Education Manager


Laura Good is COS' Education Manager. Armed with a PhD in Education and years of experience, she can make every moment a teaching moment. Her current work focuses on professional development for graduate students in the ocean sciences.

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NEWS

Bluefin Futures Symposium Highlights

COS was proud to be a sponsor of the first Bluefin Futures Symposium organized by Stanford University and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Scientists and industry representatives from around the world discussed the future of Atlantic, Pacific, and southern bluefin tunas.

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Desalination: an Uncommon Dialogue

To better inform decisions around desalination plants, COS hosted a meeting that included diverse stakeholders in an open conversation about the potential role of desalination in California’s water future. A white paper based on the meeting will soon be published.

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Environmental DNA Used to Sample Biodiversity

Environmental DNA (eDNA) technology is well-established for tracking individual species. Jesse Port, former COS early career fellow, and colleagues take eDNA to the next level by using the technology to analyze entire vertebrate communities in the kelp forest.

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Ecosystem Services and Human Impacts: the Missing Links

Ecosystems provide services to people, and human activities impact ecosystems. However, Megan Mach, former early career fellow, and Rebecca Martone, assistant research director, find that the links between these variables are under-researched.

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Call Scientists Before Disaster Strikes

Former COS Senior Research Analyst, Lindley Mease, in an Op-Ed featured in Earth and Space Science News, discusses how we can better respond to natural disasters when the communication lines between scientists and decision makers are stronger.

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Elena Finkbeiner Interviewed on Small Scale Fisheries

Elena Finkbeiner, COS early career fellow, talks about the role of small scale fisheries in creating sustainable fishing practices. In her own words, "Fishers are not the problem; they are key to the solution!" The interview was originally posted by Too Big to Ignore.

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Partner Shoutout

MBARI's ESP Goes Mobile!  Congratulations to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) on the successful deployment of their long-range autonomous underwater vehicle, “Makai,” containing the third-generation Environmental Sample Processor (3G-ESP) – a robotic microbiology laboratory. A Center for Ocean Solutions former Early Career Science Fellow, Kevan Yamahara, was part of the team that developed the 3G-ESP. This innovative instrument will allow researchers and water-quality agencies to collect and analyze genetic material from marine microbes in real time, pinpointing areas of interest and following algal blooms as they drift through the ocean. Read More.



MBARI President and CEO Chris Scholin heads out to sea during a trial run of MBARI's long-range autonomous underwater vehicle, Makai. Photo credit: Jim Birch (c) 2015 MBARI

Publications

Human impacts and ecosystem services: insufficient research for trade-off evaluation – Mach, M. E., R. G. Martone, and K. M. A. Chan. 2015. Ecosystem Services 16:112–120. View Publication >

Assessing vertebrate diversity in a kelp forest ecosystem using environmental DNA – Port, J. A., J. L. O'Donnel, O. C. Romero-Maracinni, P.R. Leary, S. Y. Litvin, K. J. Nickols, K. M. Yamahara, and R. P. Kelly. Jan 2016. Molecular Ecology 25: 527-541. View Publication >

Translating sustainable seafood frameworks to assess the implementation of ecosystem-based fisheries management – Hazen, L., E. Le Cornu, A. Zerbe, R. Martone, A. Erickson, L.B. Crowder. Dec 2015. Fisheries Research. View Publication >

Are we missing important areas in pelagic marine conservation? Redefining conservation hotspots in the ocean.-  Briscoe, D.K., S. M. Maxwell, R. Kudela, L.B. Crowder, D. Croll.Jan 2016. Endangered Species Research. Vol. 29: 229-237. View Publication >

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