Catching clownfish

Diving is well underway here in the Philippines – we (Michelle, Joyce, and Allison) are back for another season studying metapopulation dynamics of reef fish. So far we’ve been visiting the northern sites in our study area in the Albuera municipality and have caught (and released) almost 200 clownfish. See the boat we’re using and the fish we’re looking for below!

Amphiprion clarkii, the yellowtail clownfish, with Heteractis crispa (the anemone). An anemone tag is visible above.

New article in PNAS

Just out last week, Malin has a Commentary in PNAS, “Throwing back the big ones saves a fishery from hot water.” In it, he explains why a recent paper by Arnault Le Bris on the Maine lobster fishery provides important insight into efforts to create climate-ready fisheries management. Practices like conserving the female lobsters and not catching the large lobsters have allowed the fishery to flourish as temperatures have warmed, and will likely continue helping the fishery into the future. Despite the overall good news for lobster and the way it has been managed in Maine, many of the stakeholders in Maine have not been as happy with the news (see Portland Press Herald articles here and here).

Welcome Lisa, Zoë, and René!

Zoë Kitchel, René Clark, and Lisa McManus joined this fall as new PhD students (Zoë and René) and as a new postdoc (Lisa). We’re excited to welcome them on board! Zoë’s interests are on the impacts of climate change and variability on marine ecosystems and will joining our NSF Coupled Natural Human (CNH) systems project in the California Current. René is fascinated by conservation genetics and will likely help with our NSF PIRE project examining century-scale genomic changes in heavily exploited marine fishes. Lisa is working on eco-evolutionary models for coral reefs, in collaboration with Daniel Schindler (U. Washington) and the Coral Reef Alliance.

Becca interviewed on her new paper

Nice interview with Becca on her research showing that warming is transforming predator-prey interactions in the Northeast US: