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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

Dr. Michael Garner, Northwest Zoo Pathology Service | Dr. Lance Adams, Aquarium of the Pacific

November 7, 2004

A Retrospective Study of the Diseases of Sea Dragons (2004)  buttonLink

The Aquarium of the Pacific submitted more than forty-five samples that were used in this study. This is the groundwork for understanding the captive health management of this rare species and may have important conservation impacts. Thirty-four diseases of weedy sea dragons and twenty-eight diseases of leafy sea dragons were described.

Aquarium Education Program

Dr. Kathryn Gamble, Lincoln Park Zoo | Dr. Lance Adams, Aquarium of the Pacific | AZA Marine Mammal Taxon Advisory Group | National Marine Fisheries Service Office of Protected Resources

November 7, 2004

North American Captive Harbor Seal Phocid Distemper Virus Survey (2004)  buttonLink

Phocid distemper virus (PDV) is an important disease of free-ranging marine mammals and a potential health concern for introduction into captive phocid collections. Prior to this study, no comprehensive serosurvey of the 129 captive harbor seals in North America for this virus had been performed. The Aquarium submitted serum samples from its three harbor seals to support this project.

Aquarium Education Program

Dr. Thomas Eurell, University of Illinios at Urbana-Champaign | Dr. Ilze Berzins, Florida Aquarium | Dr. Lance Adams, Aquarium of the Pacific | Dr. Michael Walsh, Dr. Beth Chittick, Sea World of Florida | Dr. Rich Toth, Audobon

November 7, 2004

Sandtiger Scoliosis Project (2004)  buttonLink

Aquarium of the Americas’ tissue samples from two clinically affected sand tiger sharks, one from the Aquarium, were analyzed. The presence of a previously unidentified pigment crystal was identified in all the shark samples.

Aquarium Education Program

Dr. Lance Adams , Aquarium of the Pacific | Lisa Bartley, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

November 7, 2004

Clinical Research Using a Neonicitenoid (Capstar, Nitenpyram)  buttonLink

Current treatment for this Lernea sp. parasite (arthropod) requires the use of toxic materials that are hazardous to the environment, staff, and to sensitive animals in aquariums.

Aquarium Education Program

Dr. Lance Adams and Jodi Michalkiewicz, Aquarium of the Pacific | Dr. Ian Gordon, Dr. Christine Ma-Agas, Veterans Affairs Hospital Long Beach, Department of Vascular Surgery

November 7, 2004

Clinical Research Using Regranex to Treat Head and Lateral Line Erosionsin Marine Fish (2004)  buttonLink

The purpose of this study was to develop a more practical and cost-effective protocol for the treatment of HLLE in fish using Regranex.

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