Ecological & Evolutionary Adaptation in the Sea
We examine how – and how quickly – marine populations respond to novel or changing conditions, with a focus on using marine species invasions as natural experiments in rapid adaptation. By coupling high-throughput sequencing with physiology and ecology, we examine adaptation at multiple levels. We also work with managers to apply genomic tools to invasion and conservation management.
Photo: Will Parson / Chesapeake Bay Program
Carolyn took a reporter from the Boston Globe out to field to get a taste of a marine biologist’s workday. Read the feature here.
Congratulations to Dr. Amy Van Cise on her recent Molecular Ecology paper! Amy determined that the short-finned pilot whale comprises two subspecies, one of which contains a further population-level division. Understanding group boundaries has important implications for whale conservation, and Amy has been getting some well-deserved press for her discovery. Read more about it here:…
Carolyn wrote about some of the work we’re doing on rapid adaptation in green crabs. You can read it here:
Carolyn gave a public talk on biological invasions and body-snatching parasites at the Tavern on the Wharf in Plymouth, MA. Quite a few brave souls came out to a seafood restaurant to learn about crab parasites. It was recorded for posterity, and you can see it here:
The Cape Cod Times did a nice feature on green crabs and their impact on the Cape. Carolyn was interviewed, and one of the lab crabs made an appearance as the cover model!
WHOI’s Ocean Science Journalism Fellows visited the lab – and the beach – to learn more about our local invasive crabs.
Summer Student Fellow Jeanette Gray, from Unity College in Maine, presents her research on comparative temperature tolerance of two invasive crabs.