Marine Landscape Ecology Lab

Department of Marine Science

Lab Resources

MLEL survey equipment
Taylor piloting drone.

Autonomous Aerial Drones

MLEL maintains DJI autonomous aerial drones for conducting coastal mapping missions. All drones are paired with Pix4D photgrammetry software to allow for the construction of 3D coastal maps.

Underwater Drone

The MLEL maintains a PowerVision PowerRay underwater drone. The drone supports underwater photographic and video surveys conducted by the lab.

TopCon Wireless Total Station

Two sets of this high precision survey equipment are maintained by the lab for conducting detailed topographic surveys of benthic marine communities.

Taylor and Riley
Survey in Orange County

Digital Cameras

Three sets of high resolution digital photographic equipment are available to members of the Marine Landscape Ecology Lab to conduct photo surveys. Additional equipment includes flash strobes and telephoto lenses for more specialized photographic surveys.

Person taking a photograph using Nikon D40X camera
Photo quadrat survey.

Ikelite Underwater Camera Housings and Strobes

The lab maintains three sets of Ikelite underwater camera housings and strobes for conducting underwater species and habitat surveys.

Ikelite underwater camera housing and strobe deployed at Santa Catalina Island.
Lobsters underwater

Dewalt 18 Volt and 24 Volt Rotary Hammers

These battery powered rotary hammers are capable of drilling into rock and provide members of the lab with the ability to install experiments in the hard substrate of most rocky intertidal communities. The lab currently has two sets of these drills.

Dewalt 18 volt and 24 volt rotary hammers
Sean and Katie with drill

Boats

The Marine Landscape Ecology Lab maintains a group of small boats that are available for lab related research activities.

Lab boats deployed in British Columbia Canada

Marine Landscape Ecology Lab boats deployed in British Columbia, Canada.
Boat at Catalina Island

Cal State Monterey Bay Marine Science Program boat deployed at Catalina Island, California.

Monterey

One 16ft Achilles inflatable boat with a 30hp outboard motor. The boat has a tow trailer.

British Columbia

Two boats are moored year round at the Bamfield Marine Science Center in British Columbia and are available for research related activities.

One 16ft Achilles inflatable boat with a 30hp outboard motor.

One 16ft aluminum Cope with a 30hp outboard motor and steering console.

CSUMB

In addition to dedicated lab boats, the Marine Science program at CSUMB maintains a fleet of small boats that can be reserved for research related activities. Life vests, boat trailers and boat safety kits are also available through the CSUMB small boats program.

Lab Facilities and Analytic Capabilities

Facilities

The Marine Landscape Ecology Lab is housed in the Chapman Science Academic Center. An environmental chamber, two high powered dissecting scopes and water tables are available for working with marine organisms. The lab has wireless internet access.

The Marine Landscape Ecology Lab

The Marine Landscape Ecology Lab

Digital Photogrammetry

The lab currently owns a research license for Pix4D photogrammetry software. The sofware enables autonomous drone missions and the creation of 3D structure from motion models of marine habitats.

GIS Analysis and Modeling

The Marine Landscape Ecology Lab possesses a full complement of ArcGIS software for the analysis of geospatial data as well as the construction of marine habitat models.

Intertidal photo transect model

GIS visualizations depicting photo transect rendered to underlying model of topography in the rocky intertidal.
GIS visualization depicting water velocity

GIS visualizations depicting photo transect water velocity measurements rendered to underlying model of topography in the rocky intertidal.

Image Analysis

The Marine Landscape Ecology Lab has ARC-Map for manual classification of digital imagery as well as ERDAS remote sensing software for automated classification of digital imagery.

Species image in ArcMap software
Manual classification of species in digital photo into raster mode

Manual classification of species in digital photo into raster model using ArcMap.
Species image in ERDAS software
Automated classification of species in digital photo using ERDAS software

Manual classification of species in digital photo into raster model using ERDAS remote sensing software.

Quantitative Analysis of Species Boundaries

Through the use of Boundary Seer Landscape Analysis software members of the Marine Landscape Ecology Lab can conduct quantitative analyses on the spatial distribution as well as the intensity of species boundaries in nearhsore marine communities.

Species boundary representation