Monthly Archives: February 2018

Octavio Aburto-Oropeza named PEW Marine Fellow

The Pew marine fellows program was created to seek solutions to the problems affecting the world’s oceans. CMBC’s  Dr. Octavio Aburto-Oropeza, was named one of eight distinguished scientists and conservationist selected for the 2018 award.  Aburto-Oropeza will assess changing productivity and distribution of mangrove ecosystems using high-resolution satellite imagery in real time.

Dr. Aburto’s research has focused on the ecology and fisheries of reef fishes of the Gulf of California as well as the management of marine protected areas in the region for the past 12 years. He has been the PI for several scientific and fishery policies grants funded by Mexican and international organizations. Octavio currently leads a research group composed of undergraduate and graduate students from UABCS and SIO that investigates the importance of coastal habitats (e.g. mangroves and Sargassum beds) for the regional fisheries (


CMBC Alumni head to D.C.


Two of the four 2018 John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellows are CMBC graduates.

Derek Southern (MAS-MBC 2017) and Lauren Linsmayer (Ph.D. 2017) will spend the next year in Washington, D.C.  placed with hosts in the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. The one-year fellowship provides a unique educational experience for graduate students interested in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources and national policy.  That brings our total to 19 Knauss fellows since CMBC science, economics and policy training began.

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Salty Cinema Series Brings Global Discussion to Plastics

Panelists engage in Q & A with audience

Plastics present a global challenge but the strongest solutions start locally, which is why alumni from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego focused their latest “Salty Cinema” event on plastic pollution. The environmentally conscious film screening series features quarterly events focused on various marine issues including coral reef bleaching, the cultural significance of surf breaks, and now, plastic pollution in the ocean.

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Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Lisa Levin, a biological oceanographer at CMBC and former director, will receive the A.C. Redfield Lifetime Achievement award from the Association of the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) on Wednesday.

The Redfield Award honors major, long-term achievements in the fields of limnology (the study of lakes) and oceanography, including research, education, and service to the community and society. The association cited her “extraordinary long-term contributions to understanding the composition and function of seafloor ecosystems, and for her leadership in identifying and communicating anthropogenic pressures on aquatic ecosystems, with relevance to policies for sustainable and healthy seas.”

The award will be presented in Portland, Oregon at the Ocean Sciences Meeting, which is co-sponsored by ASLO and the American Geophysical Union.

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Pink sea urchin species may be climate-tolerant food source

California Sea Grant article features work of CMBC Alumnus, Kirk Sato, Ph.D.

Sea urchin is a delicacy in Asia, South America, Europe, and increasingly in California, where the uniquely flavored roe, or uni, is used in sushi, gourmet cuisine, and products such a

s sauces and flavorings. But the large red sea urchin (Mesocentrotus franciscanus) caught off the coast of Southern California—the primary urchin fishery in the US—is vulnerable to increased water temperatures and ocean acidification.

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