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The Secrets of Marine Life

Exploring the Secrets of Marine Life in Baja California

UC MEXUS continues its series of seminars on topics relevant to Mexico and California

(March 12, 2007)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Sea creatures conduct their lives out of public view most of the time, but three researchers who have been trying to uncover some of their secrets will discuss their findings at 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, at UC Riverside.

"Marine Resources" features new research by scholars from UC Davis and the Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education of Ensenada (CICESE).

Sharon Herzka from CICESE’s Department of Biological Oceanography has been working with a researcher from UC San Diego to examine young sardine populations off the coast of Baja California. Her research explores the origin and migration patterns of this economically important species.

Laura F. Rodriguez from the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at UC Davis has been documenting the predator-prey relationship between whelks (a type of snail) and oyster beds in the shallow bays of Baja California, Mexico. Her research finds that whelks are active and voracious predators of oysters, and may be an underestimated source of mortality in oyster stocks, which are critical for the region’s aquaculture industry.

John E. Richert from the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology at UC Davis has been studying the relationship between seamounts and offshore islands along the eastern coast of Baja California Sur, Mexico, and the diversity of fish attracted to these "hotspots."

CICESE Professor of Marine Biology Oscar Sosa will moderate the seminar.

This is the sixth seminar in a year-long series on topics relevant to Mexico and California held at UC MEXUS headquarters, 3324 Olmsted Hall. The series is a project of the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS), a system-wide institute that makes its home on the UCR campus. Every month through September 2007, the Institute will bring together scholars from the University of California and Mexico from a wide range of disciplines such as sociology, history, anthropology, conservation biology and environmental sciences. All programs are free and open to the public.

Guest parking in Lot 6 costs $6. Permits are available at the information booth at the University Kiosk at University Avenue and West Campus Drive, and the Canyon Crest Kiosk at Martin Luther King Boulevard and Canyon Crest Drive.

Information is available from Brinda Sarathy, or 951-827-3560.

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