Ocean Acidification & Coastal Carbon Flux
The impact of ocean acidification on West Coast ecosystems and native species.
Laboratory and field based experiments to understand future impacts
Collaboration with Hog Island Oyster Co. to understand the natural geochemical variability of Tomales Bay, CA
Research on seagrass ecosystems and how they modify estuarine geochemistry, store carbon (e.g., "blue carbon"), and ameliorate ocean acidification.
Collaborative studies with social, natural and physical scientists to understand the geographic patterns of ocean acidification, and how they will impact human communities along the coast. This includes our new project with the Lenfest Ocean Program to connect oceanographic & ecological insights about ocean acidification to decision makers
California Margin CLIMATE RECORDS
Utilizing past climate events to understand how ocean currents, temperatures, oxygenation and marine ecosystems respond
A focus on recent geologic intervals - the Holocene and Anthropocene - as key time periods to understand how ecosystems respond to change.
Emphasis on understanding paleoecology, environmental change, and linkages to modern climate issues, including outreach to policymakers, publics, and educators.
deep sea corals - records of ocean change
Utilizes coral archive of ocean climate and environmental change, much like 'tree rings'
Record of both surface and deepwater processes through different aspects of the coral skeleton
Collaboration with Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary to understand impacts of global change on deep sea ecosystems
Oceanic methane rich environments
Identification of methane rich environments in the paleo record
Methane seeps as sources of CH4 to the atmosphere during climatic warming