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MCRI Research

The primary research efforts at the Aquarium of the Pacific are focused on species propagation. We have also developed collaborative relationships with various outside researchers and institutions who wish to study the species in our collection. In addition, our team of scientific divers support a variety of agencies and researchers in the field by collecting data.

Below are the research projects (in PDF form where available) that the Aquarium of the Pacific has been involved in since the inception of MCRI.

MCRI Research

Aquarium Education Program

Aquarium of the Pacific and UC Davis/Sea Grant

November 7, 2005

UC Davis/Sea Grant – Marine Debris Study (Derelict Gear Pilot Project) (2005)  buttonLink

Aquarium scientific divers-in-training participated in part of a statewide study managed by University of California, Davis/Sea Grant and funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Coastal Conservancy to locate and identify abandoned marine debris in the waters surrounding Catalina Island.

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Mike Navarro, CSU Fullerton

November 7, 2005

Tracking the Brown Sea Hare (Aplysia californica) in the Southern California Bight (2005)  buttonLink

Volunteer scientific divers from the Aquarium of the Pacific assisted California State University, Fullerton PhD. candidate Mike Navarro with his studies aimed at understanding how larvae of many species disperse in ocean currents.

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Diana Lloyd, CSU Fullerton

November 7, 2005

Cal State Fullerton – Larval Mollusc Movement Study (2005)  buttonLink

Scientific divers from the Aquarium of the Pacific assisted graduate students from California State University, Fullerton by collecting larval sea hares and various other mollusks. Deciphering the connectivity of marine populations involves tracking larval sources and settlement sites.

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Dr. Chris Lowe and Barbara Ziegler, CSULB

November 7, 2005

Leopard Shark Thermal Inertia Study (2005)  buttonLink

In 2005 the Aquarium’s animal husbandry department assisted California State University, Long Beach graduate student Barbara Zeigler in conducting research on leopard shark thermoregulation. Several of the Aquarium’s sharks were fed a small temperature logger then held in tanks containing water of varying temperatures. The purpose of this study was to determine the thermal inertia of leopard sharks (i.e.: How long can they maintain their body temperature in varied temperature environments?)

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Dr. Lance Adams, Aquarium of the Pacific

November 7, 2004

Sea Turtle Necropsy Workshop (2004)  buttonLink

Dr. Lance Adams and officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Marine Fisheries Service conducted a two-day workshop which consisted of classroom lectures and hands-on practicals, aimed at instructing veterinarians and stranding center managers in the proper methods of conducting necropsies and preserving tissue samples from dead sea turtles.

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