Sea star wasting syndrome has taken a heavy toll on Monterey Bay’s sea star populations in the last five years. Among the hardest hit species were the ochre stars, iconic tidepool residents and important keystone predators. Researchers are searching for potential culprits, documenting the spread of this disease, and tracking sea star recovery along the Pacific Coast. Scientists are also monitoring tidepools for changes related to the ochre stars’ absence.
Join Monica Moritsch to learn about the unfolding research surrounding this disease and how sea star wasting syndrome affects Monterey Bay.
Speaker: Monica Moritsch, Stanford
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Cost:Free with admission
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Los Feliz Room
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: (831) 459-3800
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