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Research Symposium Draws Scientists and Citizens Interested in Monterey Bay

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Monterey Bay is a hotbed of citizens with strong interests in marine science, and it showed again on Saturday, March 20, with a robust turnout for the annual Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary research symposium, "Sanctuary Currents 99." The symposium was held at the Embassy Suites in Seaside, just north of Monterey. About half of the approximately 400 attendees were either directly or indirectly involved in some sort of marine research around the bay; the other half had a keen interest in research events through their teaching, their engagement in environmental activities, or their own personal interest. As usual, the USGS was a major player in the symposium. CMG's Bruce Richmond and NOAA's Andrew DeVogelaere co-organized the event, and many CMG team members presented research results.

During the morning poster session, Bruce Jaffe presented investigations of nearshore circulation and sediment transport; Mary McGann presented studies of foraminiferal species distributions; Holly Ryan displayed the effects of the 1997-98 El Niño on temperature and sea level along the central California coast; and Curt Storlazzi showed the distribution of littoral sediments along the Monterey Peninsula and Carmel Bay. During the afternoon Research Symposium, moderated by Bruce Richmond, Steve Eittreim unveiled a newly completed seafloor geologic map of the Monterey Bay continental shelf, and Marlene Noble described recent advances in understanding shelf circulation. On hand to support team members at the symposium was team chief scientist Michael Carr.

This year, the John Martin "Iron Man Award" went to Congressman Sam Farr for his dedication to advancing the causes of marine conservation and Sanctuary awareness. Gary Greene, formerly of USGS and now with Moss Landing Marine Labs, won the "Science/Research Award" for his long and fruitful research investigations of the geologic environment in and around the Monterey Bay region.

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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