Seminars

May 23 2018

4:00 pm 158 Hershey Hall

Julianne Passarelli

21st Annual Biology Research Symposium: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium: A community icon engaging in local conservation 21st Annual Biology Research Symposium: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium: A community icon engaging in local conservation

Summary

21st Annual Biology Research Symposium


Dr. Julianne Passarelli
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

With its spectacular natural setting adjacent to the Cabrillo Beach Coastal Park, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (CMA) is uniquely suited to its leadership role in marine science education, community engagement, and field research. Since 1935, CMA has provided visitors with both a natural and interactive approach to learning about the marine environment of southern California. The historic Frank Gehry-designed aquarium displays the largest collection of southern California marine life in the world. The mission of the aquarium is to be a trusted resource that inspires exploration, respect, and conservation of southern California marine life.

One such example is CMA’s “Meet the Grunion” program. This program engages visitors with marine life directly in the coastal environment. Grunion are among the few species of fish that come ashore to lay their eggs on sandy beaches. They are found from southern California to Baja California, and Cabrillo Beach is one of the better places to observe these unique fish.

The aquarium’s field research program involves college students who work directly with aquarium staff and academic researchers to collect data during nearshore monitoring of local marine habitats. Intertidal populations of the ochre seastar, Pisaster ochraceous, have been monitored annually on the Palos Verdes Peninsula since 1975. We have captured long-term population trends, including impacts of the densovirus-associated wasting disease. In addition, organisms collected during nearshore monitoring surveys offer opportunities to study the parasites of local marine fishes and invertebrates. In 2017, a new species of parasitic copepod, Lepeophtheirus schaadti, was described from the giant kelpfish, Heterostichus rostratus, collected at Cabrillo Beach. These data provide important information on the health and status of local marine life.

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