My dissertation research uses a combination of in situ manipulative experiments, trophic biomarkers and environmental monitoring to understand the influence of autotrophic foundation
species on benthic suspension-feeders under differing environmental conditions. In other words I study oysters, and how they are affected by eelgrass under a changing environment (Ch. 2 of
dissertation). This has led to interesting forays into other aspects of local ecosystems like drivers of pH variability (Ch. 1 of dissertation), controls on food availability (Ruesink et al. in
review, Lowe et al. 2016), and interactions among non-target species.
Ongoing projects are investigating the interplay of nutritional condition and environmental stressors on native and non-native species of oysters (Ostrea lurida and Crassostreagigas, respectively). I will combine measurements of environmental parameters including temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen and pH (Ch. 3 of dissertation) with morphological and
physiological (fatty acid composition) analyses of oyster performance. Stay tuned for updates!
See the collaborations page for other ongoing projects!