Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
7700 Sandholdt Road
Moss Landing, CA 95039
Phone: (831) 775-1836
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Current and past research projects:
Large-scale climate variability and impacts on biology
- Global modes of climate variability defined from sea surface temperatures (1910-2009) and related to regional modes (e.g., ENSO, PDO, NPGO, AMO, ENSO Modoki) (webpage, Messié & Chavez 2011).
- Global-scale modes of variability in physical and biological variables (1993-2010), that capture synchronous variations associated with ENSO (first mode, Messié & Chavez 2012), and with ENSO Modoki and the NPGO (second mode, Messié & Chavez 2013).
- For a review of marine primary production in relation to climate variability and change, see Chavez, Messié & Pennington 2011.
- Nitrate supply calculations from satellite winds and in situ nitrate climatologies (Messié et al. 2009).
- Seasonal regulation of primary production in EBUS based on nitrate supply and proxies for iron, light, temperature and physical export (Messié & Chavez 2015). This study showed that primary production regulation is highly variable in space and time and across systems.
- For a comparison of the four major EBUS (California, NW Africa, Peru and Benguela), see Chavez & Messié 2009.
- Seasonal cycle of satellite chlorophyll and its drivers, found to be primarily changes in horizontal advection and local upwelling (Messié & Radenac 2006).
- Model analysis of a dramatic bloom observed during the 1997-98 El Niño / La Niña transition, which was shown to be generated by an island mass effect (Gilbert Islands, Republic of Kiribati) (Messié et al. 2006). A similar bloom was observed during the 2009-10 El Niño / La Niña transition (Gierach, Messié et al. 2013).
- Description of a persistent oligotrophic zone found within the warm pool (Radenac, Messié et al. 2013). Such low chlorophyll values can be explained by a deep nutricline, the presence of a barrier layer and the remoteness of nutrient-rich areas.
- For a review of phytoplankton dynamics in the western tropical Pacific (seasonal variability, 1997-98 Kiribati bloom and westerly winds impacts), see PhD dissertation 2006 (in French).
- Forecasting Anchovy and Sardine Transitions (FAST)
- Salmon Applied Forecasting, Assessment and Research Initiative (SAFARI, see also Santora et al. 2013 for an evaluation of modeled zooplankton)
- Salmon Ecosystem Simulation and Management Evaluation (SESAME)
- Bioluminescence and phytoplankton/zooplankton interactions
- Integrated MBARI time series
- The impact of environmental conditions on sharks distribution and diving behavior