University of California Sea Grant
Nationally, the Sea Grant College Network consists of 30 university-based programs funded primarily by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), dedicated to the understanding, conservation, and sustainable use of coastal and marine resources. There are two Sea Grant programs in California based through The University of California, and the University of Southern California.
The California Sea Grant College Program is the largest of the 30 Sea Grant programs, and works along the entire state coastline and coastal watersheds. The program is administered by the University of California and is based at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego. Their programmatic themes are: healthy marine ecosystems, sustainable resource use, coastal community development, new technologies, and education, training and public information.
The OPC partners with the California Sea Grant program to review scientific proposals and projects as well as to administer grant awards for oceanographic research specific to California. OPC also provides funding to the California Sea Grant program to support the California Sea Grant State Fellowship Program to provide graduate students “on the job” experience in the planning and implementation of marine and coastal resource policies and programs in the state of California.
OPC and California Sea Grant Research Projects
Each year the OPC and California Sea Grant office develop an initiative specifically designed to provide state managers with information to make informed policy decisions. Initiatives are envisioned to be well coordinated programs of applied interdisciplinary research and training focusing on one important priority issue.
By developing a single initiative team comprised of multi-disciplinary researchers, the OPC hopes to comprehensively address challenging issues and ensure that new data and ideas are incorporated into management. By examining a single issue from a multi-disciplinary perspective and by directly linking the research to managers’ needs and uses, the initiative should produce effective and applied outcomes.
Summary of Funded Projects: A summary of all the scientific research projects and initiatives funded by the OPC through the California Sea Grant Program from 2006-2010.
The following projects were completed with OPC funding in partnership with California Sea Grant:
- Parasites as Indicators of Coastal Wetland Health; Ryan Hechinger, UC Santa Barbara; Kevin Lafferty, US Geological Survey; Armand Kuris, UC Santa Barbara
- Evaluating Ocean Laws and Regulations to Facilitate Ecosystem-Based Management; Oran Young, UC Santa Barbara; Julia Ekstrom, UC Berkeley
- Binational Studies of Ecosystem-Based Management of Thresher Sharks in California; Jeffrey Graham, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego; Oscar Sosa-Nishikazi, CICESE, Ensenada, Mexico; Suzanna Kohin, NOAA Fisheries
- Life History of California Sheephead: Historical Comparisons and Fishing Effects; Jennifer Caselle, UC Santa Barbara; Christopher Lowe, CSU Long Beach; Kelly Young, CSU Long Beach
- California Nudibranchs (Sea Slugs): Climate Change and Local Ocean Health; Jeffrey H.R. Goddard, UC Santa Barbara; John S. Pearse, UC Santa Cruz; Terrence M. Gosliner, California Academy of Sciences
- California Spiny Lobsters and Benthic Community Structure in Southern California: Top-down and Bottom-up Interactions; Kevin Hovel, San Diego State University; Christopher Lowe, CSU Long Beach
- Ecology and Trophic Interactions of Jumbo Squid (Dosidicus gigas) in the California Current Ecosystem; William F. Gilly, Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University; John Field, NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center
- “Matches and Mismatches” in the Seasonal Cycles of California’s Marine Flora and Fauna; William J. Sydeman, Farallon Institute; Steven J. Bograd, NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center
A listing of the staff recommendations by each award year and concurrence documents with descriptions of the projects funded follows below: