PI: Jennifer Ruesink, Alan Trimble
PI First name, Last name: Jennifer Ruesink, Alan Trimble
Phone: (206) 734-6507, (206) 734-6717
1) Evaluate long-term records of environmental conditions (daily water temperature, meteorological observations, water chemistry) for evidence of spatio-temporal patterns, and their predictive power for the magnitude and timing of oyster recruitment.
2) Compare present-day spatial and temporal patterns of larval abundance and recruitment among 3 estuarine bivalves, specifically addressing a) connectedness among spatially discrete populations (whether spatial patterns of recruitment are related to spawning), and b) species-specific constraints to recruitment across life history stages and environmental conditions.
3) Extend long-term records of environmental conditions (temp, salinity, pH, chlorophyll, nutrients) and recent measurements of pCO2 throughout the estuary.
KEYWORDS: Crassostrea gigas, Ostrea lurida, recruitment
FUNDING AGENCY: Washington Sea Grant