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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

Kelly Pollack, University of California, Irvine

November 7, 2003

Effects of Caffeine on Corals (2003)  buttonLink

The Aquarium of the Pacific assisted University of California, Irvine (UCI) Ph.D. candidate Kelly Pollack with a study she conducted on the effects of caffeine on reef-building corals.

Aquarium Education Program

John Froeschke, CSU Northridge

November 7, 2002

The Fish Assemblage of the Outer Los Angeles Breakwater (2002 - 2003)  buttonLink

Scientific divers from the Aquarium conducted numerous surveys at two locations near the mainland and at Catalina Island as part of a project to assist California State University, Northridge master’s of science candidate John Froeschke in this study comparing species of fishes and schooling and aggregating behavior.

Aquarium Education Program

Dr. Chris Lowe and Yannis Papastamatiou, CSULB

November 6, 2002

Feeding Periodicity in Leopard Sharks (Triakis semifasciata) (2002)  buttonLink

By granting these researchers from California State University at Long Beach access to their collection of leopard sharks, the Aquarium of the Pacific assisted in the development of a technique to determine when sharks feed in the wild, the effectiveness of pH as an indicator of feeding in leopard sharks, and whether pH can be used to estimate the mass of the meal the shark ingested.

Aquarium Education Program

Dr. Lance Adams, Aquarium of the Pacific and Dr. Branson Richard, University of Georgia

November 7, 2001

Study of Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD) in Lorikeets (2001)  buttonLink

In 2001 the Aquarium of the Pacific provided nine lorikeets that had tested positive for the presence of psittacine beak and feather disease to Dr. Branson Richard at the University of Georgia Animal Disease Laboratory.

Aquarium Education Program

Dr. Julie Hagelin, Swathmore College

August 28, 2000

Pheromones in Crested Auklets (2000 - present)  buttonLink

Dr. Julie Hagelin, an ornithologist with the Swathmore College in Pennsylvania, has been working with our staff aviculturists since 2000 in the study of a previously undiscovered mode of communication in birds: chemical signaling. Her studies involve the Crested Auklet (Aethia cristatella), which produces a seasonally distinctive tangerine scent that is directly associated with courtship. The Aquarium of the Pacific is one of only two facilities in the country to house captive Crested Auklets.

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