The ‘Evolutionary Fish Ecology’ Lab at the Department of Marine Sciences uses experimental, field, and modeling approaches to address the central question, how coastal marine organisms will cope with the simultaneous changes in their environment caused by global and regional human stressors, and how they are already adapted to environmental variability in e.g. temperature, oxygen, or pH.
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Environmental changes include coastal pH, pCO2, oxygen, and temperature, which are all projected to change with progressing global climate change and urbanization. Marine environments are also affected by size-selective fishing, which may alter the genotypic composition of commercial fish species. We utilize a widening suite of experimental, field, and modeling approaches, welcome undergraduate participation, and coordinate our efforts with local authorities working on issues of Long Island Sound.