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Pew Fellowship funds Cal Poly biologist's study of Indian Ocean

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Jennifer O'Leary
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Eelgrass is examined in late 2015.

The waters of the Central Coast have seen some radical changes in recent years, including much warmer than normal temperatures, massive algae blooms, a decline in eel grass and a mass wasting disease among sea stars. 

Scientists are working hard to get a handle on the changing environments of the world’s oceans, and one woman in particular, Cal Poly’s very own biologist Jennifer O’Leary is among those leading the way.

O’Leary recently received a prestigious Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation and is freshly back on the Central Coast from management and conservation work she’s doing in East Africa and the Western Indian Ocean.