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.

NJ Sea Grant Consortium announces funding recommendations!

Jennifer, Malin, and Chris Chambers of NOAA Sandy Hook received funding from the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium for their project, “Quantifying the effects of a changing climate on summer flounder recruitment.”

Marine species that occupy a wide thermal gradient may be able to adapt to their local environmental conditions, and may be differentially resilient to climate change. This grant from the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium will allow us to assess how ocean warming may alter growth, development and survival of young summer flounder, an important fishery species along the east coast of the United States, under future climate scenarios. To do this, we will be quantifying the thermal performance curves of embryonic, larval, and juvenile summer flounder from parents that resided in different thermal conditions in the species range.