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Sac State Participates in Coastal Research


On Jan. 25, the California State University’s Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology – a system-wide consortium of marine scientists – will host a research-poster reception for the CSU Board of Trustees, presidents and others following the board’s meeting.

Faculty-student research from 20 of the 23 campuses (and Moss Landing Marine Laboratory) will be featured. The reception will be held in the CSU’s chancellor’s Long Beach office from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Sacramento State’s entry, “The visualization of internal waves in Monterey Bay Submarine Canyon using a hydrodynamic model” examines the energy generated by these waves as well as the amplification and the “unusual physical consequences” that flow from this interaction.

Sacramento State’s poster is one of the selections to showcase how faculty mentors and student researchers conduct their marine and coastal investigations. The studies focus on topics that include invasive species, unseen internal waves, sustainable seafood, marine-protection areas, environmental contaminants, ocean acidification, gene-tracking in the sea, and ripple patterns in submerged sand.

Professor of Biological Sciences R.M. Coleman and his student  AJ Southwell, used cutting-edge technology to complete their research project.

“Monterey Bay is a biodiversity hotspot,” Coleman says, “teeming with invertebrates, fishes and marine mammals.”

Research projects such as this help in the development of solutions that will help preserve California’s coastal and marine life.

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