Collecting Kelp - Online Event

Tuesday, August 24, 2021 • 4:00 p.m. PT

All Ages

The California coast is a dynamic, active system that supports all sorts of ocean organisms. Dive below the surface at today's online event inspired by the Exploratorium’s once-a-year dry-docking of our data collection buoy and examination of the organisms that have taken residence on its underside over the past year. 

Featuring

Ocean Record Keepers
With Dr. Emily Miller

How can dried seaweed help ocean conservation efforts? Understand the future of the ocean requires an understanding of the past. To date, historical data has been largely limited to instrument records and observations that begin around 1950. Research technician Emily Miller shares how kelp and other marine algae from herbaria repositories, and the female scientists who collected them, are helping extend historical records all the way back to 1878.  With this data, Emily offers a new perspective on upwelling cycles and documents these patterns to help understand the shifts in the foundation of the food web of Monterey Bay.

Dr. Emily A. Miller is a research technician in the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute Incubator Initiative program working with the Environmental Sample Processor (ESP) team. Her research focuses on understanding species responses to dynamic environmental processes over space and time. Emily holds a PhD in ecology from the University of California, Davis, a master’s degree in conservation biology from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in integrative biology from the University of California, Berkeley.