Upper ocean biogeochemistry
Demonstrating new applications of MBARI's probe technology
Project Manager: Mary Silver
Lead Scientist: Mary Silver/Chris Scholin
Volunteers from Mary Silver’s lab at University of California, Santa
Cruz and collaborators in the California Department of Health Services
will continue to use MBARI-designed probes to measure populations of
paralytic shellfish poison- (PSP) and domoic acid- (DA) producing species.
The measurements will provide:
- A 12-month record of the abundance of the two most prominent
algal sources of phycotoxins in Monterey Bay—Alexandrium
catanella (PSP) and Pseudo-nitzschia australis and P.
- A 12-month record of PSP and DA levels in mussels and fish from
- A correlation analysis of cell abundances of toxic species with
toxins in mussels and fish.
The results of the studies will be presented in papers, at major
meetings, and in journals.