The Tiny, Talented Pteropoda is vanishing from our oceans due to ocean acidification. If this process continues to worsen, the stunning butterfly of the sea may be nearing her last dance in our waters.
If Blue Planet releases a third documentary series fifteen years from now, how will kelp forests have changed? Even though Southern California’s giant kelp is currently faring better than others, a worldwide decrease in kelp forests sets the stage for what the future may look like.
Climate Change: the past as a glimpse into the future
Simona Clausnitzer, MAS MBC Candidate '20
August 8, 2019
What if I told you we already know how the climate crisis ends? By looking back 56 million years, we have the unique foresight to be able to predict future outcomes and make changes accordingly. Will we?
So how did I find myself in front of the California Coastal Commission making a public comment? It all started with the MAS MBC program director, Samantha Murrayâ€¦ and ended with a professional surfer, a German filmmaker, and equal pay for women.
Hear from MAS MBC Alumna Cynthia Matzke who just returned from diving in the Arctic with a team of polar explorers, to document disappearing sea ice and conduct cultural exchanges in remote Inuit communities.
Into Thin Air: The Disappearance of a Vital Marine Resource off California's Coast
Kate Meyer, MAS MBC Candidate '19
October 11, 2018
A warming global temperature is one of the hallmarks of climate change, and our oceans absorb a disproportionate amount of that heat. When water warms up, it loses its capacity to hold oxygen molecules and many areas off California's coastline are experiencing decreases in dissolved oxygen as a result.
Balancing Act: How Palos Verdes' Kelp Forests Rose from the Ashes
Chrissy Tustison, MAS MBC Candidate '19
August 22, 2018
Off the coast of Southern California, kelp productivity generates thriving marine forests that offer a range of ecosystem services to local communities, from healthy fisheries to recreational opportunities like scuba diving.