Project: Ocean acidification and emerging diseases in the Pacific Northwest
The goal of this project is to characterize the factors that threaten the aquaculture industry and wild shellfish. The primary approaches include a series of laboratory experiments and environmental sampling. The research effort has been developed to test the following hypothesis: Environmental stressors (elevated temperature and carbon dioxide) will enhance disease expression and reduce larval bivalve survival. More specifically we are testing the impact of single and multiple biotic and abiotic stressors on larval bivalves with a focus on the most economically important regional species, the Pacific oyster. This effort is funded by the NOAA Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program. [read more]
Project: Effects of ocean acidification on declining Puget Sound molluscan calcifiersIn order to measure environmental change it is crucial to conduct very accurate and precise measurements, which are more difficult in saline waters where OA has had and is predicted to have significant impacts on seawater chemistry. We have developed a team of collaborators across key disciplines (biology, pathology, genomics, oceanography and aquaculture) to address this problem and test our hypothesis that environmental stressors (elevated temperature and increased atmospheric CO2 levels) and related changes in seawater chemistry will influence larval molluscan physiology, behavior and survival. This project is funded by Washington Sea Grant.
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