Cryptic species are two species that look very similar, but are genetically distinct. Meet the Vermilion and Sunset rockfish cryptic species pair! … More The secret lives of cryptic species
How old is my fish? How long do fish live? When do they mature and start reproducing?
These are all questions that can be answered by ageing a fish’s ear bone, called an otolith…. … More The art of ageing a rockfish
How do scientists share their most recent research? By presenting at scientific conferences and meetings! … More Conference season
What’s the difference between Chilipepper rockfish that live in the waters off central California and those that live farther south? It turns out, quite a bit! In January, our team headed to Cordell Bank in central California (an underwater seamount 25 miles west of Pt. Reyes) and then south to sample rockfish in the Santa … More January sampling: NorCal vs SoCal
Today at the lab we dissected rockfish, and boy were there a lot of them! 112! Most were females with eggs or larvae. We’re doing this to to assess body condition and to study rockfish reproductive patterns to see how changing environmental conditions will affect reproductive success. Today’s haul were caught at Cordell Bank, an … More Guts and Glory!
Sunrise over the Santa Barbara channel as we headed out in search of Chilipepper Rockfish. The bright red colors were beautiful and eerie all at the same time as Ventura and Santa Barbara counties are fighting the Thomas fire, one of the largest fires in California history. Smoke and ash were choking the air quality … More Santa Barbara smoke
It is almost the end of fall quarter at UC Santa Cruz. My two undergraduate student interns, Judy Hua and Pablo Brito Valecillos, were hard at work all quarter processing Rosy Rockfish fecundity samples from a recent laboratory study. During this quarter, Judy and Pablo helped with animal husbandry work in the aquarium to study … More Fall 2017 interns