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related to harmful algal bloom research

News release 1/6/00: Molecular probes link sea lion deaths to toxic algal blooms
Research article: C.A. Scholin, et al. Mortality of sea lions along the central California coast linked to a toxic diatom bloom. Nature, 6 January 2000, 403: 80-84.

News release 6/5/01: New instrument enables remote detection of toxic algae in real time

Related stories:

  • Santa Cruz Sentinel, 5/23/02, "Marine experts fear new toxic algae bloom." by Brian Seals.
  • Associated Press, 5/20/02, "Toxic algae deadly for state's marine mammals." by Robert Jablon.
  • KTVU-Oakland, 5/9/02, Special Report on harmful algal blooms. Reported by Robert Handa.
  • Biophotonics International, Sep-Oct 2001 issue, "Toxic algae cannot hide from remote testing capsule." by Nancy Rowell.
  • Our Ocean World,  9/18/01, "Lab in a bottle."
  • Photonics Spectra, September 2001 issue, "Sensor remotely detects toxic algae." by Nancy Rowell.
  • Santa Cruz Sentinel, 7/1/01, "New sample processor boon to algae research. by Robin Mejia.
  • Coast Weekly, 9/14/00, "Serendipity at Sea: New technology and a bit of luck help MBARI scientists understand toxic algae." by Sarah Givens.
  • Monterey County Herald, 9/1/00, " Algae blooms a serious threat."
  • Metro Santa Cruz, 8/30/00, "Killer seaweed II."
  • The Californian, 8/29/00, "Toxic algae in the bay puzzles scientists." by J. Michael Rivera.
  • The Beach Gazette , 8/10/00, "Recovery of sea lions hopeful." by Adrias Das.
  • The Beach Gazette, 8/3/00, "Toxic algae affecting sea lions." by Adrian Das.
  • The Monterey County Herald, 1/12/00, "Toxin deadly to sea lions makes return." by Judie Marks.
  • Saturday Night, 6/3/00, "The cells from Hell." By Nancy Baron.
  • Environmental News Network, 1/13/00, "Toxic algae blamed for sea lion toll." by Margot Higgins.
  • New York Times, 1/11/00, "Danger from algae." by Henry Fountain.
  • Washington Post, 1/10/00, "Solving sea lion deaths." by Rob Stein.
  • Science News, 1/8/00, "Algae turn fish into a lethal lunch." by J. Raloff.
  • San Francisco Chronicle, 1/6/00, "Elusive seals reveal their secrets: Scientists also track '98 California sea lion plague." by David Perlman.
  • Discovery Channel Online, 1/6/00, "Toxic algae kills sea lions." by Mari N. Jensen.
  • Newsday, 1/6/00, "Acid named in sea lion deaths: Warning of seafood poison threat seen." by Bob Cooke.
  • National Public Radio, 1/6/00 (morning edition), "Toxic algae blooms." by John Nielsen.
  • San Jose Mercury News, 1/6/00, "98 bloom emits poisonous acid: Algae caused sea lion die-off." by John Woolfolk.
  • Science Now (AAAS), 1/5/00, "A lethal chain of events." by Liese Greensfelder.
  •, 1/5/00, "Sea lion deaths linked to toxic algae bloom."
  • Associated Press, 1/5/00, "Sea lion deaths linked to algae."

Media Contact: Debbie Meyer, (831) 775-1807