Kelp forest (Flickr: NOAA)

Nickols receives funding to study the resilience of marine protected areas

CSUN marine biologist Kerry Nickols is among the scientists supported by $6 million in grants recently awarded by the Ocean Protection Council for research to improve ocean and coastline conservation in California. Nickols is a collaborator, with lead investigator Adrian Stier and others at the University of California Santa Barbara, on a funded project to examine the ways marine biologists evaluate the health of marine protected areas. MPAs are mostly described in terms of their benefits for fish abundance and diversity, but Nickols and her collaborators plan to consider other indicators of ecosystem health, including measures of ocean acidification and hypoxia. 

Image: Kelp forest (Flickr: NOAA)