Discovering Curiosity: Eric Sanford Discusses How Marine Science and Sustainable Fisheries Go Hand in Hand

Eric Sanford teaches a class of students.
Since receiving his Ph.D., Eric Sanford said his research has followed in the footsteps of his mentors, merging basic research with ocean conservation. Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis

Outside Eric Sanford’s office window, foamy waters crash against rocky shores and open up to the expansive blue of the Pacific Ocean. Here, at the Bodega Marine Laboratory, Sanford, a Population Biology Graduate Group member, and colleagues in his lab work to understand how ocean acidification is changing the ecology and evolution of the planet’s marine life.

Since joining the UC Davis faculty in 2004, Sanford and colleagues have worked closely with shellfish industry businesses—like the Hog Island Oyster Company in Marshall, Calif. and the Cultured Abalone Farm in Santa Barbara, Calif.—to promote sustainable aquaculture for ecologically and economically important coastal species. In a new Discovering Curiosity piece, Sanford discusses his path to UC Davis and his current research on red abalone. Follow the link below to read more.