Blue Crab Toxicology
Researchers: Kelly Correia, Kaitlyn Schroeder, Katie Spain
Description: Two projects investigate the effects of pesticides currently in use on the ecology and physiology of blue crabs.
Researcher: Avery Scherer
Description: This project characterizes the conditions which influence oyster defenses and the ability of oysters to resist predation.
Tidal Flat Biogeochemistry
Researchers: Dr. James Silliman, Veronica Campbell, Benjamin Smith
Description: The chemical composition of tidal flat sediments are analyzed to investigate the depositional history of Oso Bay in south Texas.
Researcher: Dr. Xinping Hu
Description: This project studies the cycling of nutrients, particularly carbon, through ecosystems to track nutrient processing and food web interactions.
Researcher: Dr. Chris Bird, Lauren Gurski
Description: This project investigates the impacts of selective pressures, such as pollution and predation, on the genetic code of a number of species, including snook, oyster, and limpets.
Researcher: Dr. Derek Hogan
Description: This project studies the connectivity of important fisheries using genetic techniques to advise management strategies and examine the impacts of invasive lionfish on valuable Caribbean habitats.
Researcher: Dr. Ricardo Mozzachiodi, Kevin Wolfe
Description: This project uses the exceptionally large neurons of the California sea hare to study the neurobiology of fear and defensive behavior.