Spotlight on Science: Structure, Origins, and Workings of the Mendocino Coast Marine Habitat

April 10, 2019

Community Science Talk by Andrew Jahn, PhD

April 30th, 2019

6:00 – 7:30PM

Location: 338 N. Main St., Fort Bragg

Andy grew up near Lakeport and attended U C Davis, where he was a pre-med student before falling in love with the ocean during a field trip to Bodega Headlands. His research career began at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, where he studied midwater fish in Gulf Stream eddies. He did postdoctoral work on the distribution of larval tunas in the Hawaiian Islands and has spent the rest of his career in research and consulting on fish, plankton, kelp, and pollution studies in estuaries and the coastal ocean. He remains semi-active as a consultant to the San Francisco Estuary Institute and is an Adjunct Instructor of Oceanography at Mendocino College. Andy and his wife Virginia Macintosh live next to the Russian River just north of Hopland, where Virginia does oil paintings and Andy builds a wooden boat now and then.

Andy was requested to present “a basic introduction to tides, coastal geology, and the various physical processes that affect sub-tidal and intertidal habitats” of the Mendocino coast. His talk will cover the basic geological processes that gave our coast its physical structure, the ocean and atmospheric processes that make our coast productive, and the wave forces that continue to shape the coastline and that, in conjunction with the tides, give the rocky intertidal habitat its defining characteristics.