The Padilla-Gamino lab is looking for a motivated, hard-working and curious student to join their team on a
project entitled “Mitigating the effects of global change on aquaculture in the northeastern Pacific Ocean”.
This large project has numerous sub-components, any of which could serve as the basis for a capstone project.
It would be ideal for someone interested in field work, climate change, invertebrates, and parental effects,
and learning how to conduct various physiological tests on both adult and larval shellfish.
The following is a description of the whole project:
This project has implications to the aquaculture industry and restoration efforts. We will be assessing physiological
differences in bivalve mollusks deployed at six field sites with varying depths, environmental conditions, and carbonate chemistry. Bivalves will be deployed onto NANOOS ORCA buoys (NOAA) throughout Puget Sound, and remain there for 18 months. Every 3 months, a
subsample of organisms will be dissected and preserved for physiological analysis, and every 6 months, we will attempt to spawn them to assess larvae and the parental effects from various treatment sites. Tissue samples will be analyzed for isotopes, total lipids, fatty acids, and gonadal development. The shellfish’s shell with be tested for compressional strength which can be related to carbonate chemistry and undersaturation of aragonite at various
locations. Live shellfish will be removed from Puget Sound and subjected to ocean acidification, thermal, and anoxic stressors to test oxygen consumption differences between locations.
The student will begin in early Fall 2017 by assisting with experimental design, tagging, dissections, and field deployment.
They will conduct a large amount of their capstone research at the buoy field sites, at NOAA Mukilteo Biological Research Center, and in the
Padilla-Gamino laboratory. It is important that the student has his/her own vehicle, and can lift at least 50 lbs.
If interested, contact Dr. Jacqueline Padilla-Gamino <firstname.lastname@example.org>. It will be possible to begin this project while concurrently taking the first capstone class (493).