Nutrient cycling, and a little winged insect

Exploring the nearby docks never gets old. Of course, when I look though water samples and plankton net tows, I expect to find marine organisms. I shouldn’t have been as surprised as I was to find a flying insect caught in a plankton net a few weeks back. Now, I’m no entomologist, so I don’t…

Copepod Life Cycle- Beginning and End

The docks near my house are a lovely place to explore marine life of all sizes. Sea lion and Brandt's cormorants were hanging out on the wharf as I towed a plankton net off the boat dock. I was curious to see what microscopic life I could find floating in the water right off the...

Try not to be crabby, dissections can be quite interesting

I found this crab floating in some kelp along the docks near where I live. These crabs are common predators at docks, as well as the rocky intertidal. Like any good biologists, I love me some dissections, and after seeing these guys scuttle around so often, it was a treat to get a closer look...