Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Featured Research

Kristin McCully
Ph.D. student, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Santa Cruz

Kristin McCully volunteered as a Sea Ranger and summer docent and completed scientific research at the Aquarium while attending Palos Verdes Peninsula High School.  During her bachelor degree studies at UCLA, she studied the diurnal rhythms of Tridacna clams in French Polynesia for UCLA’s Marine Biology Quarter and studied marine and tropical ecology for a semester at James Cook University in Australia, which hosts many of the most respected coral reef ecologists in the world.  She also completed a senior thesis on the densities of introduced Pacific oysters (Crassostrea gigas) in the Port of Los Angeles.  She is now continuing her Ph.D. work with UC Santa Cruz on coral reef ecology at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the newly established Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument with a National Defense Science and Engineering Fellowship from the Department of Defense.


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Featured Research Archive

          8/29/2023 Trekking the Tide Pools: What You Need to Know Before You Go (Featured)
          1/4/2023 Young Scientist Researches Algae
          6/20/2014 Student Researchers Receive Top Awards
          7/23/2013 Student Researcher Eric Dean builds a mudflat from scratch
          12/17/2012 Student Researcher Maddy Uetrecht dives into moon jelly development
          8/23/2012 Student Researcher Jacob Partida Tracks Fishy Movements
          5/21/2012 Student Researcher Madaly Alcala Investigates the Man-Made Salt Marsh
          1/19/2012 In a Galaxy (not so) Far, Far Away
          8/24/2011 Student Researcher Julian Kimura Shines a Light on Copepods
          6/9/2010 What a Complicated Lifecycle
          8/17/2009 Does pressure affect lobster embryonic growth?
          12/4/2008 Kristin McCully