Wendy Bragg is a second year Ph.D. student advised by Dr. Pete Raimondi in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with a Designated Emphasis in Coastal Science & Policy (CSP). Currently, Wendy is collaborating with NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Multi-Agency Rocky Intertidal Network (MARINe) to examine the impacts of the 2020 California fires and subsequent rains on the rocky intertidal endangered black abalone (Haliotis cracherodii) populations along the central California coast. Her studies monitor how increased sediment influxes from debris flows and mudslides can change habitat availability and directly impact populations in the path of these sediment deposits. This examination pivoted to rescue, husbandry, and plans for outplanting efforts when many areas of the Big Sur coast’s rocky intertidal zone were inundated by sediment and debris flows, burying large areas of habitat and covering many black abalone. Read more about these efforts here:
Marshall-Chalmers, A. Wildfire, landslides threaten California’s endangered black abalone. 22 Feb 2021. Earth Island Journal. Available online at: https://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/articles/entry/wildfire-landslides-threaten-californias-endangered-black-abalone
NOAA Fisheries West Coast. Facebook Post. 6 March 2021.
Sanctuary Integrated Monitoring Network (SIMoN) Featured News. 16 Feb. 2021.