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Gelatinous Wonders of Point Lobos

Organized Water:   Gelatinous Wonders of Point Lobos

Jellies are unique animal ambassadors for the Monterey Bay, linking the beachcomber's world with the deep open ocean. As some of the animals most distantly related to humans, they are often either feared or else admired for their mysterious, almost alien beauty. This presentation, by Jacob Winnikoff, will provide a fast-paced survey of gelatinous life, and will provide us with the answers to many intriguing questions such as:

• Which animals are true jelly relatives and which are look-a-likes

• Which iconic jelly species is found at Point Lobos

• What are Jellies' role in the ecosystem and at the midwater-nearshore interface

• What the latest research in jelly biology is teaching us

• How the "jelly seas" hypothesis for ocean ecosystems relates to climate change

Jacob Winnikoff, Graduate Research Assistant, Haddock Lab, will explore the above subjects at our June Docent meeting through underwater photos from Point Lobos, footage from MBARI remote operated vehicles (ROVs) and live bioluminescent organisms as available.

Jacob is a marine biologist and biochemist studying the adaptation of animals to extreme environments, and whose enduring goal is to help others appreciate biodiversity by bringing people into nature, by bringing nature to people, and by developing ways to harness evolution's boundless ingenuity for human benefit.

Following six years as a volunteer docent and aquarist for the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, he worked as a research technician at Scripps Institution of Oceanography near San Diego, and then completed his undergraduate honors research at Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove. Currently, he is working in Steve Haddock's lab at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) toward a PhD from UC Santa Cruz. 

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Mission Statements


To provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation.

Docent volunteers serve as a visible representative of California State Parks at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve promoting the California State Parks mission.  These four simple words -- preserve, protect, educate and interpret -- sum up the docent experience. 


Our mission is to protect and nurture Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, to educate and inspire visitors to preserve its unique natural and cultural resources, and to strengthen the network of Carmel Area State Parks.

Docent Log-in

Docent led walks

  • Tue, 05/21/2019 - 10:00am
    Information Station
    Nelson Balcar
  • Tue, 05/21/2019 - 1:30pm
    Whalers Cabin
    Peter Fletcher
  • Thu, 05/23/2019 - 9:00am
    Weston Beach
    Tide Pools
    Elaine Gehrmann


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School Walks

To schedule a school field trip please contact Melissa Gobell, School Coordinator at:  (831) 625-1470

Interested in Volunteering?

Volunteers needed to be interpretive guides for visitors.  Interested?  For training schedule contact:  Melissa Gobell, Docent Coordinator  (831) 625-1470