This week we all were hard at work on our group research projects. Here is what each group is up to:
Kelsey and Zach are measuring decomposition rates of rack algae. They are looking at 3 different species and are measuring the dry weight after multiple days.
Kristina and Kristi are looking at bleaching in four algae functional groups. They conducted surveys to quantify the amount of bleaching that is happening to each group. In the lab, they are exposing algae samples to light and heat to see how they respond.
|Beautiful early morning at Cape Blanco|
|Measuring cover of bleached Phyllospadix spp.|
Larkin and Nickolai are looking at spawning location preferences of shrimp (Crangon spp.) in the Yaquina Bay area.
Rachel, Mackenzie and Jake are testing regeneration rates of aggregating anemones (Anthopleura elegantissima) at different temperatures.
|Jake, Mackenzie and Rachel feeding their regrowing anemones|
Katie C. and Mike are testing sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) habitat preference to see if they prefer canopy algal cover or bare rock.
|Left: Fake algae cover Right: Real algae cover|
Eric and Adam are testing sediment grain size preference for English Sole (Parophrys vetulus).
|How many English Sole can you find? Look closely!|
|Nudibranchs and their spongy food|