Climate change is coined the greatest threat to marine ecosystems in the 21st century. Planktonic organisms form the basis of the marine food web and include the early life stage of commercially and ecologically important species. By monitoring field conditions and exposing planktonic organisms to future climate conditions, we explore how changes in climate will affect their physiologies and behaviors.
Students are required to complete Chemical Safety I and II and Biological Safety I from HSEO to gain access to the Coastal Marine Lab.
UROP1000 UROP1100 UROP2100 UROP3100
The applicant will assist in field data collection (physical or biological), or in laboratory experiments. Training will be provided in the lab. However, experience with microscopes or computer programming are plus.
Applicant's Learning Objectives:
1) Understand and explore the impact of changing climate on marine ecosystems
2) Gain basic experiences in plankton ecology lab, e.g., microscopy skills, media preparation, larval rearing;
3) Gain basic experience in marine field ecology