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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

Bridgette Nace, CSU Northridge

November 7, 2004

Reproductive Behavior and Coloration of Black Perch (Embiotoca jacksoni)  (2004)  buttonLink

Aquarium scientific divers assisted with weekly observations from the Summer of 2004 through the Summer of 2005 as part of a study to determine details of the spawning periodicity of black perch, in King Harbor at Redondo Beach, California.

Aquarium Education Program

National Park Service

November 7, 2004

National Park Service Kelp Monitoring Survey (2004)  buttonLink

Several Aquarium scientific divers participated in kelp monitoring survey cruises held by the National Park Service at the Channel Island Marine Sanctuary. Their contributions were especially valuable since kelp forest monitoring has been severely impacted due to limited funding by these agencies.

Aquarium Education Program

Aquarium of the Pacific and the California Department of Fish and Game

November 7, 2004

Abalone Surveys with California Department of Fish and Game (2004 - present)  buttonLink

In the spring of 2004 the Aquarium of the Pacific began a cooperative effort with the California Department of Fish and Game aimed at determining baseline data on existing populations of abalone at Santa Catalina Island. Scientific divers have conducted numerous monitoring trips at several locations around Catalina and the Palos Verdes peninsula.

Aquarium Education Program

Dr. Jim Hicks | Dr. Suzy Muns, University of California Irvine | Dr. Lance Adams, Aquarium of the Pacific | Dr. Todd Schmidt, Dr. Judy St. Ledger, Sea World of California

November 7, 2003

Evaluation of the Breathing Patterns of Normal and Respiratory Diseased Olive Ridley Sea Turtles  buttonLink

In 2003 the Aquarium transported two normal Olive Ridley sea turtles to the University of California Irvine to serve as controls for the respiratory disease turtles used in the study. The turtles were attached to a custom pnuemotachography mask to measure the components of the respiratory cycle.

Aquarium Education Program

Dr. Lance Adams, Aquarium of the Pacific and Jack Jewell, Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay

November 7, 2003

Vitamin D Levels in Green Sea Turtles (2003)  buttonLink

In cooperation with Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay, the Aquarium of the Pacific participated in a study aimed at determining the relationship between a sea turtle’s access to UV light and its ability to produce and metabolize vitamin D.

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