I recently learned about the San Francisco Subtidal Habitat Goals Project, a self-stated “Collaborative, Interagency Approach to Protect the Hidden Bay.” The organization is a collaboration between a variety of … Continue readingSan Francisco Bay Subtidal Habitat Goals Project
The owners of the “Marine Room” restaurant in San Diego were certainly in for a surprise this morning, after an eight-month old sea lion pup found her way into their establishment overnight and … Continue readingSea Lions as urban megafauna
Here’s a neat tool that could be of use to urban planners and restoration ecologists – CASU, the “Complexity for Artificial Substrates” program. CASU is open source software developed by Lynette … Continue readingCASU
A few times recently when I’ve been out collecting sediment, I’ve had the feeling that I’m being followed. Each time, I turn around and find one of these little guys … Continue readingMy friend the spotted ratfish
Here’s a cool recent paper from Cesar Megina and colleagues: Harbours as marine habitats: hydroid assemblages on sea-walls compared with natural habitats. Megina et al. compared communities of hydroids in harbors and … Continue readingHydroid assemblages in Spain’s harbors versus natural rocky habitats
If you live in a coastal city, there is likely a vibrant marine ecosystem just beyond the shoreline you see downtown. We so rarely get to peer into these ecosystems … Continue readingUnderwater video tour of Alki Pipeline
Louise Firth and colleagues recently published this article in Environmental Science Processes & Impacts: Climate change and adaptational impacts in coastal systems: the case of sea defences. It provides a … Continue readingClimate change and the proliferation of shoreline armoring
You may have heard that jellyfish are taking over the world’s oceans, proliferating at a rate that is unfounded by historical standards. Is it possible that this has been facilitated … Continue readingCould jellyfish blooms be attributed to “ocean sprawl”?
Despite all my hype about urban marine ecology, it’s a field that really doesn’t exist yet. At least not in any standardized or formal way. It’s a discipline in the … Continue readingWhy Urban Marine Ecology?