OCEAN ACIDIFICATION AND LARVAL PURPLE SEA URCHINS
The pelagic phase of purple sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) life cycles expose larvae to natural fluctuations in pH that mimic changes in ocean chemistry predicted with ocean acidification. Are these larvae adapted to acidification?
RESPONSES TO THE ENVIRONMENT IN WILD MIGRATING SOCKEYE SALMON
Pacific sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) have been in sharp decline over the last decade and the billion dollar fishing industry has suffered as a result. Are abnormal environmental conditions encountered during migration to blame?
ROLE OF PHYSIOLOGY IN INTER-SPECIES DYNAMICS OF NATIVE AND INVASIVE MARINE MUSSELS
Along the Pacific coast of North America the native blue mussel (Mytilus trossulus) is being displaced across portion of its range by its exotic congener (Mytilus galloprovincialis). Do physiological responses to the environment play a role?
GENETIC ARCHITECTURE OF RESPONSES TO THE ENVIRONMENT
The intertidal and estuarine goby fish Gillichthys mirabilis exhibits extreme tolerance toward osmotic stress and can acclimate to salinities ranging from near fresh water to three times that of seawater. What are the physiological underpinnings of this remarkable ability to withstand environmental change?
INTERPLAY OF STRESS- AND NON-STRESS-SPECIFIC GENE FUNCTIONS
In the zebrafish (Danio rerio), genes intimately involved in responses to heat stress also play fundamental roles in normal development during non-stress conditions. Can genes effectively balance these duel functions without compromising their ability to respond to the environment or proper development?