Market squid (Loligo opalescens) are currently the largest commercial fishery in California, yet scientists know little about the early life history of these heavily-fished animals. A new research technique developed by MBARI postdoctoral fellow Louis Zeidberg promises to help fill this information gap.
MBARI scientists deployed the second in a series of scientific moorings, not in the deep sea, but in the shallow, often muddy waters of the Salinas River. This mooring is part of the “Land/Ocean Biogeochemical Observatory” (LOBO), a multi-year effort that uses a network of sensors to measure the transport of nutrients within Elkhorn Slough continuously and in nearly “real time.”
This week at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, two MBARI scientists have been invited to present talks that link the ocean to global climate change. A third MBARI scientist will explain how new tools provide a big-picture view of ocean processes on Earth and may be useful for studying oceans—and possible life—on other planets.