Okay after awhile of pondering i’ve deiced to return to my original mission of this blog: a blog about the oceans (besides specializing in the intertidal). Since i’m in the interior of Alaska it’s hard to document intertidal life (as you’d imagine, hahah…). So prepare for some ocean of randomness from physical oceanography to fisheries science. Pretty much anything I can get my hands on to write about.
HELLO FOLLOWERS NEW AND OLD!
Do to one my postings going ape shit and finding out that everybody loves sunfish (molas) I have a ton of new followers so I figured it would be a good time to tell you a little bit about myself.
I am a grad student at CSU Northridge getting my MS in Biology and I am an underwater selfie king. The school is super awesome, the weather in valley, eh, but i get to spend my summers living on an island studying cool things so its worth it. I am interested in fisheries research, mostly behavior of aggregating target fishes and big apex things. So with that being said I studying the reproductive behaviors of GIANT SEA BASS. If you don’t know what one looks like, CLICK THIS LINK. They are a beautiful fish, that is part of a now collapsed fishery, which left them endangered. (isn’t she pretty?!?)
I am interested in how they do it and what it takes for them to want to do it aka foreplay or courting. With this I hope to be able to answer some questions about their recovery, such as how long will it actually take for their populations to recover; will they actually recover; how many times does a GSB spawn in a day. Hopefully within the next year I will be able to answer those questions and let you guys know all about it.
I am also a founding member of the GIANT SEA BASS COLLECTIVE, which is a joint project between CSUN and UCSB dedicated to identifying aggregation sites for GSB to aid in their recovery.
If you have any questions about fish, fish sex, big fish, small fish, fish food or anything you can think of that is fish related I will do my best to answer it. I will also answer questions about internships, school, grad school, being a marine researcher etc. Here are some questions I’ve answered in the past, maybe you have the same question.
There’s a little bit about me and here is the first GSB gif the internet had ever seen (i believe) made by me, in June.
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Good news: Sooo… (its not news but) we’ve begun the application process of the conservation of the dunes of El Soccorrito. I hope for this to be the beginning of a series dune conservation projects. The goal is to start from Playa El Socorrito, Baja California. and connect and create a network of communities to El Pabellón, in regards to conserving the dune systems of San Quintin. It looks like we will have El Socorrito’s dunes (including the intertidal) under conservation status as soon as mid-2015. Wish us luck!