REU Research foci: Responses of marine systems to environmental variation on varying spatial (global, regional, microhabitats) and temporal (ecological to evolutionary) scales including: 1) growth/extinction of contemporary reef species due to climatic and oceanographic changes; 2) responses of reefs to rising sea-levels; and 3) life-history responses of coastal organisms to elevated [CO2] and reduced [CO3 2-].
Typical REU project: To test hypotheses about responses of organisms to ocean acidification, an REU student would: conduct lab experiments growing invertebrate or coralline algal species under elevated CO2, measure parameters such as growth, survival, physiological properties, or reproduction; search databases (e.g. NOAA) for occurrences of low pH water (e.g. upwelling) along the Pacific coast; and measure pH and water characteristics at local sites around Monterey Bay or Elkhorn slough. Project effects of rising CO2 levels on these organisms (modeling with Dr. Barry Sinervo).
Website: Potts Research Lab