CSU faculty has received four of the six California Sea Grant Focus Awards for new investigators from the California Sea Grant. Humboldt State’s Dr. Christine Cass, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Dr. Kristin Hardy, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories’ Dr. Scott Hamilton, and San Diego State’s Jeremy Long are among the early-career investigators who have been commended for their extraordinary scientific merit.
California Sea Grant—a state program that sponsors marine research and education activities to support the conservation of California’s coastal resources—awarded the one-year grant to individuals who started their first faculty-level position after mid-2009. The funding will be used to conduct marine research that will help manage, conserve, and enhance California’s coast.
The CSU lead investigators and their topics are:
- Christine Cass, assistant professor of oceanography at Humboldt State University, studying seasonal changes in the fat and protein content of zooplankton in northern California and southern Oregon.
- Kristin Hardy, assistant professor of biology at Cal Poly, examining the consequences of a common industrial compound in household products on Pacific oysters’ immune function.
- Scott Hamilton, an assistant professor at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, exploring ocean acidification and its potential to disrupt olfactory sensory perception in young rockfishes.
- Jeremy Long, assistant professor of biology at San Diego State, helping restore cordgrasses at the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge in Chula Vista.