2013-2014 Science Planning Summaries
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Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI): Synergistic effects of ocean acidification and warming on larval development in Antarctic fishes

Program Manager:
Dr. Charles Amsler

Event Number: B-207-M

ASC POC/Implementer:
Samina Ouda / Cara Sucher

Dr. Anne Elizabeth Todgham (Principal Investigator)

University of California Davis
Davis, California

Supporting Stations:  McMurdo Station
Research Locations:  McMurdo Sea Ice

Project Description:
The primary goal of this group is to understand the interaction of ocean acidification and the projected rise in mean sea-surface temperature on the physiological performance, growth, and development of early-life history stages (eggs, larvae, and juveniles) of Notothenioids, the dominant fish of the Antarctic marine ecosystem.

Field Season Overview:
The field team will be making daily to twice daily trips on the sea ice where they will erect fish huts and use a Reed Drill to drill 8 to 10 holes through which they will fish with traps. In addition, ASC divers will collect fish and fish eggs for further study in the Crary Lab. Some samples will be returned to the home institution.

Deploying Team Members:

  • Brittany Bjelde
  • Erin Flynn
  • Amanda Kelley
  • Nathan Miller
  • Anne Todgham (PI)

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