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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

Deborah Wisti, American Museum of Natural History

November 7, 2003

Molecular Phylogeny of Lorikeets (2003)  buttonLink

The Aquarium of the Pacific contributed tissue samples to this researcher who was conducting studies aimed at determining the phylogeny of this distinct group of psittacine birds.

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Dr. Andrew Lawrence, University of Hull, England

November 7, 2003

Endocrinology of Sand Tiger Shark (Carcharias taurus) Reproduction (2003)  buttonLink

The Aquarium contributed blood samples that were used in this study of fluctuations in hormone levels as a function of the reproductive cycle of sand tiger sharks.

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Dr. Chris Lowe and Jeremy Vaudo, CSULB

November 7, 2003

Movement Patterns of the Round Stingray (Urobatis halleri) at Seal Beach, California (2003)  buttonLink

Scientific divers from the Aquarium assisted in this study involving the use of acoustic telemetry to determine how long round stingrays congregate at Seal Beach, and where they go after leaving the area.

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Aquarium of the Pacific

November 7, 2003

Marine Biotoxin Monitoring for California Department of Health Services (2003 - present)  buttonLink

Since 2003 the Aquarium of the Pacific has been participating in a statewide project aimed at determining levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning and domoic acid toxins in marine bivalves and plankton.

Captive Growth Rates and Reproductive Biology of the Weedy Sea Dragon (2003)

Kristy Forsgren and Dr. Chris Lowe, CSULB

November 7, 2003

Captive Growth Rates and Reproductive Biology of the Weedy Sea Dragon (2003)  buttonLink

The Aquarium of the Pacific supported this important study by providing Kristy Forsgren (a CSULB Master’s candidate) with the opportunity to conduct observations using their collection of rare weedy sea dragons.

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