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California Sea Grant is excited to announce 14 new research projects. Over $1.5 million in federal funding will support California researchers and graduate students from 2022 to 2024. Combined, the aquaculture and graduate research projects complement California Sea Grant's current research portfolio and will yield measurable impacts to the local economy, community, and environment.  
 
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Core Research - Aquaculture

Improving Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture system design for the co-culture of seaweeds and abalone to mitigate the effects of climate change
PI: Michael Graham 
CoPI: Scott Hamilton

Developing tools for monitoring the impact of climate change on captive abalone reproduction and digestion
PI: Donovan German

 
Graduate Research Fellows

A release study assessing the survival of juvenile spring-run Chinook salmon (Oncorhynhcus tshawytscha) in the Upper Klamath River Basin to inform reintroduction
PI: Rachelle Tallman, University of California, Davis
CoPI: Andrew Rypel, University of California, Davis

Applying Indigenous knowledge and genetic data to evaluate clam garden restoration potential in northern California
PI: Hannah Kempf Hensel, University of California, Davis
CoPI: David Gold, University of California, Davis

Rebuilding an icon: Developing novel approaches for improving management and fostering community engagement to recover Pismo clams (Tivela stultorum) in California
PI: Marissa Bills, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
CoPI: Ben Ruttenberg, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Friend or Foe? Effects of eelgrass density on filter feeder biomass and condition index in a multi-habitat living shoreline
PI: Brandon Quintana, Cal State University, Fullerton
CoPI: Danielle Zacherl, Cal State University, Fullerton

Development and application of new amino acid isotope proxies to reconstruct California phytoplankton community composition change with shifting climate
PI: Genevieve Pugsley, University of California, Santa Cruz
CoPI: Matthew McCarthy, University of California, Santa Cruz

Lamprey conservation genomics
PI: Grace Auringer, University of California, Davis
CoPI: Amanda Finger, University of California, Davis

Anthropogenic impacts on leopard shark (Triakis semifasciata) ecology with novel applications of stable isotope analysis
PI: Jonathon Kuntz, University of California, Merced
CoPI: Sora Kim, University of California, Merced

Do wildfires place imperiled salmonid populations at risk of metabolic meltdown?
PI: Katie Kobayashi, University of California, Santa Cruz
CoPI: Eric Palkovacs, University of California, Santa Cruz

The future of ocean acidification and hypoxia in the central California Current: biophysical drivers and implications for living marine resources
PI: Julia Cheresh, University of California, Santa Cruz
CoPI: Jerome Fiechter, University of California, Santa Cruz

Impacts of increasing climate variability on coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) at the southern end of their range
PI: Rachael Ryan, University of California, Berkeley 
CoPI: Stephanie Carlson, University of California, Berkeley 

Quantifying sea level rise effects on critical coastal wastewater and transit infrastructure in two low-income, residential developments at the San Francisco Bay, California shoreline using hydrogeology and geochemistry measurements
PI: James Jacobs, University of California, Santa Cruz
CoPI: Adina Paytan, University of California, Santa Cruz

The future of a vulnerable fishery: Can red urchins adapt to marine heatwaves?
PI: Erin de Leon Sanchez, University of California, Santa Barbara
CoPI: Gretchen Hofmann, University of California, Santa Barbara
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