Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Marine Botany

Amber Rais

I am (in 2003) an undergraduate student studying Marine Policy and Conservation Biology at Stanford's Hopkins Marine Station, and I fell in love with Stephanocystis (then known as Cystoseira) during a class snorkel near Coral Street in Pacific Grove: a day I'll forever cherish!

If you have any questions or comments regarding Cystoseira osmundacea or this website, please e-mail me!

This project was motivated, guided, and cheered along by both Dr. Judith Connor and Patrick Martone; thank you for sharing your enthusiasm and knowledge! Many thanks also go to Jim Watanabe for use of an awesome underwater digital camera, to Chris Patton for technical / moral support, and to my fellow classmates and dive buddies for a spectacular quarter! Thanks everyone!

All photographs shown on this webpage were taken by the author. Please feel free to use any that may strike your fancy; hopefully they'll help communicate an appreciation and enthusiasm for getting acquainted with our fascinating neighbors in the sea.

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Benedetti Cecchi, L. and F. Cinelli. 1992. Canopy removal experiments in Cystoseira-dominated rockpools from the western coast of the Mediterranean. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 155: 69-83.

Bold, H. C. and M. J. Wynne. 1985. Introduction to the Algae: Structure and Reproduction Second Edition. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc.

Bulleri, F., L. Benedetti-Cecchi, S. Acunto, F. Cinelli, and S. J. Hawkins. 2002. The influence of canopy algae on vertical patterns of distribution of low-shore assemblages on rocky coasts in the northwest Mediterranean. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 267: 89-106.

Dawson, E.Y. 1966. Seashore Plants of Southern California. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Loban, Christopher S. and Paul J. Harrison. 1994. Seaweed Ecology and Physiology. New York: Cambridge University Press.

North, W.J. and D. E. James. 1987. Use of Cystoseira and Sargassum embryonic sporophytes for testing toxicity effects. Hydrobiologia. 151-152: 417-423.

Schiel, David R. 1985. A short-term demographic study of Cystoseira osmundacea in Central California. Journal of Phycology. 21: 99-106.

Last updated: Mar. 16, 2015