Blue Crab Toxicology
Researchers: Kelly Correia
Description: This project 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, Katelin Stroman
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. 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.
Microbial and Environmental Genomics- Micro-omics
Researcher: Dr. Jeffery Turner, Lee Pinnell, James Tallman
Description: The project concerns sargassum and the possibility that it carries invasive species. Specifically, it addresses the question of whether sargassum, during it’s trip from the Sargasso Sea to our shores, picks up Vibrio cholerae (the etiologic agent of cholera).