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collapse Year and Status : 2017-18 Undergraduate Student Travel Program Awards ‎(5)
  
ShannonChou2017-18Jennifer BurnafordBurnaford

​Society for the Advancemnet of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, Salt Lake City, UT

UndergraduateChou, Jolly, Cook, Jaques, Javier,  Suther, Hoese, Burnaford

Effects of low tide exposure on photosynthetic potential of the intertidal seaweed Silvetia compressa


​Organisms in the rocky intertidal zone are exposed to marine and terrestrial stressors daily. Conditions during low-tide emersion can be particularly stressful for sessile organisms such as the seaweed Silvetia compressa. We hypothesized that exposure to high light or high temperature during emersion would decrease photosynthetic potential and inhibit recovery of S. compressa, and that these factors would have strong effects when combined, especially with repeated emersion. We conducted a two-day manipulative experiment with one ‘no low tide’ and four ‘experimental low tide’ treatments with combinations of two levels of temperature and light (high/low), maintaining fronds in high-tide conditions between exposures (n=10 S. compressa individuals). We measured maximum quantum yield (MQY) as an indicator of photosynthetic potential before and after each low tide and again following the final recovery period. Fronds exposed to high light showed greater declines in MQY during emersion than fronds exposed to low light. After one high tide recovery period, at the start of the second low tide, MQY in the ‘high light, high temperature low tide’ treatment was, on average, 77% of original levels, while MQY in all other treatments exceeded 85% of original levels. This negative effect was magnified after two successive low tides, suggesting that high temperature exacerbates the strong negative effects of high light levels on S. compressa, potentially by inhibiting repair pathways. Understanding the impact of low-tide exposure on ecologically significant species such as S. compressa is essential to enable us to predict the effect of climate change on intertidal systems.

FullertonStudent Travel Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Travel Program Awards
  
AlejandraGarcia2017-18Ryan WalterWalter

​Society for the Advancemnet of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, Salt Lake City, UT

UndergraduateGarcia, Zacherl, Walter

Outcompeted or outbred? Localized extirpation of a native mussel via interspecific hybridization with a highly invasive congener


​In southern California estuaries, non-native bay mussels, Mytilus galloprovincialis, are widely presumed to have replaced native bay mussels, Mytilus trossulus, but the regional extent and underlying processes influencing species replacement are poorly understand. Local aquaculture production of M. galloprovincialis provides the potential to enhance non-native spread and establishment, which may greatly influence native replacement and/or hybridization between the two species. Mytilus hybrid zones, whereby native and non-native species co-occur and interbreed are known from central California north to Vancouver Island, but are not reported in southern California. Using molecular genetics, our objectives are to characterize the species composition of mussel communities across salinity and elevation gradients in Orange County, California. Individual mussel samples were collected in Newport Bay (NPB), at three sites of varying salinity. We use species-specific genetic markers (Glu-5 and ITS) to identify pure-type individuals of both species, and hybrid individuals. Preliminary results to date show 100% of sampled mussels in NPB are M. galloprovincialis, suggesting complete replacement of native mussels with non-natives in NPB throughout the environmental gradients. Further sampling is ongoing, and this work will likely provide a better understanding of the processes responsible for native bay mussel extirpation, with possible implications for enhanced native mussel restoration.

FullertonStudent Travel Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Travel Program Awards
  
JacobJavier2017-18Misty Paig-TranPaig-Tran

Society for the Advancemnet of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, Salt Lake City, UT

UndergraduateJavier, Suther, Chou, Cook, Jaques, Jolly, Hoese, Zacherl
The impact of atmospheric river events on Ostrea lurida and  Crassostrea gigas densities in Southern California estuaries

​U.S. west coast estuaries support diverse communities that can be negatively impacted by changes in water quality. Atmospheric river (AR) events, long, narrow corridors of water vapor delivering heavy precipitation, can reduce the water quality in estuaries to levels lethal to oysters. For example, native Ostrea lurida densities declined significantly in San Francisco Bay following an extreme AR event that decreased salinities for a lethal duration (< 6 ppt for > 8 d). We focused our study on southern Californian estuaries that support native oysters, O. lurida, and non-native oysters, Crassostrea gigas. We hypothesized that AR events would produce extreme drops in salinity for lethal durations, as in San Francisco Bay, and O. lurida would show greater density declines than C. gigas. We measured density of both species in January and May 2017 at two sites each within Newport Bay (NB) and San Diego Bay (SD). Four AR events impacted NB and three impacted SD between December 2016 and May 2017. Salinity and pH dropped below tolerance levels for non-lethal durations in SD. Crassostrea gigas density declined significantly at three of four sites; however O. lurida showed no density change. Native O. lurida may be more acclimatized to local AR events than recently introduced C. gigas, or C. gigas declines may be due to another unknown factor. San Francisco Bay may be more susceptible to AR impacts on oysters by experiencing more extreme ARs and having a larger watershed; both can lead to more significant impacts on estuarine water quality.

FullertonStudent Travel Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Travel Program Awards
  
GregoryPaez2017-18Christine CassCass

​Ocean Sciences Meeting, Portland, OR

UndergraduatePaez, Cass

​Comparative analysis of planktonic productivity in Trinidad Bay and nearshore environments in Northern California during the 2017 upwelling season

HumboldtStudent Travel Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Travel Program Awards
  
SeanZulueta2017-18Kristy ForsgrenForsgren

​Society for the Advancemnet of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, Salt Lake City, UT

UndergraduateZulueta, Forsgren

Reproductive development of a deep-sea dragonfish (Stomias atriventer)

​The black-belly dragonfish (Stomias atriventer) is a deep-sea species of Stomiiforme found in the eastern Pacific. Aspects of the black-belly dragonfish life history have been described including larval development, general morphology, biomechanics, and general behavior. However, little is known about the reproductive biology of this uncommonly observed deep sea fish. Our study explores the reproductive development of the black-belly dragonfish, specifically ovarian and testicular development. Dragonfish were collected via mid-water trawls onboard the R/V Yellowfin in southern California. We also examined museum specimens. The ovaries and testes were dissected, preserved in Bouin’s fixative, and histologically processed using paraffin wax. We had determined the diameter of ovarian follicles of various stages of development: primary ovarian follicles were 45.4 ± 19.1 µm, secondary ovarian follicles were 88.7 ± 21.4 µm, and tertiary ovarian follicles were 223.1 ± 27.9 µm. The testis contained spermatocytes that were 3.63 ± 0.18 µm, spermatids were 2.00 ± 0.16 µm, and mature sperm were 2.30 ± 0.53 µm in diameter. Our work will continue this summer with additional trawls, and we hope to determine the timing of reproduction in the black-belly dragonfish. Our research findings will increase our understanding of the seasonal development of deep sea fishes, an important trophic link to the surface waters of the ocean. 

FullertonStudent Travel Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Travel Program Awards
collapse Year and Status : 2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards ‎(81)
  
IsaaelAcedo2017-18Jesse DillonDillon
Undergraduate

​Assessing degree of resistance of antibiotic resistant coliforms isolated during dry and wet weather at beaches with differing wave action

Long BeachStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
LucasAllen-Custidio2017-18Sean CraigCraig
Undergraduate

​Invasive bryzoan -- Watersipora research

HumboldtStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
JordanAshby2017-18Dan CrockerCrocker
Undergraduate

​Immune responses in breeding adult male elephant seals

SonomaStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
LizvetteAyala-Valdez2017-18Lani GleasonGleason
Undergraduate

​Repeated epipodial tissue sampling to correlate gene expression and heat stress survival in the intertidal marine snail Chlorostoma fune 

SacramentoStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
ErickBalde2017-18Elena KeelingKeeling
Undergraduate

​Investigation of blood cell populations in the development and regeneration of Botrylloides vidaceus

San Luis ObispoStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
JessicaBallard2017-18Jennifer BurnafordBurnaford
Undergraduate

​Feeding preferences for Littorina scutulata and Chlorostoma funebralis and the effects of low tide exposure on rockweed (Silvetia compressa)

FullertonStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
AmandaBauer2017-18Diego SustaitaSustaita
Undergraduate

​A comparison of swimming performance between the salt marsh harvest mouse and coexisting rodents in the Suisun Marsh, California

San MarcosStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
AmandaBedolla2017-18Lani GleasonGleason
Undergraduate

​Repeated tissue sampling to correlate gene expression and heat stress survival in the intertidal marine snail Chlorostoma funebralis 

SacramentoStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
JermaineBishop2017-18Patrick KrugKrug
Undergraduate

​Molecular phylogenetic and morphological analyses reveal two new species of sea slugs in the genus Placida (Heterobranchia: Sacoglossa), including one from California

Los AngelesStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
JocelynBoe2017-18David LentLent
Undergraduate

​A cross-species comparison of the lateral pallium in Muraenidae and Anguillae as an indication of evolution of spatial cognition

FresnoStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
MitchelBomben2017-18Mackenzie ZippayZippay
Undergraduate

​Gradients in metabolic performance across the intertidal zone: a comparative analysis of mussels and barnacles

SonomaStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
IanBrown2017-18Paul BourdeauBourdeau
Undergraduate

​Comparing and contrasting domoic acid levels between Dungeness crab (Cancer magister) and red rock crab (Cancer productus)

HumboldtStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
JeffreyBuehler2017-18David MillerMiller
Undergraduate

​Location of the marine-nonmarine transition in Cenozoic coarse clastic sediments and evolution of Miocene coastal watersheds in the southern San Joaquin Valley

BakersfieldStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
JoshCahill2017-18Rafael Cuevas UribeCuevas Uribe
Undergraduate

​Lionfish sex chromosome system

HumboldtStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
MichaelaColmenarez2017-18Nathaniel JueJue
Undergraduate

​Patterns of gene expression associated with the evolution of hermaphroditism in fishes

Monterey BayStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
DarleneConolly2017-18William TsaiTsai
Undergraduate

​Modernizing the dissolved inorganic carbon analyzer

Maritime AcademyStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
KaseyCordova2017-18Sean LemaLema
Undergraduate

​The insulin-like growth factor (IGF) system as an indicator of growth rate in juvenile copper rockfish

San Luis ObispoStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
KarissaCunningham2017-18Amanda BanetBanet
Undergraduate

​​Effect​ ​of​ ​temperature​ fluctuation​ ​on​ fall-run​ ​Chinook​ ​Salmon​ (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha​)​ ​embryonic​ ​development

ChicoStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
ChristianCunningham2017-18Tricia Van LaarVan Laar
Undergraduate

​Characterization of the internal microbiota of Octopus bimaculoides

FresnoStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
AndreDavis2017-18Horacio FerrizFerriz
Undergraduate

​Nitrate in groundwater in Stanislaus County

StanislausStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
DavidDeering2017-18Cheryl LoganLogan
Undergraduate

​Species specific identification of rockfish using DNA barcoding

Monterey BayStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
DaliaDull2017-18Steve BlumenshineBlumenshine
Undergraduate

​Thermal variation in juvenile Chinook habitats in their Pacific range

FresnoStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
ColemanEmery2017-18James MurrayMurray
Undergraduate

​Examining the interaction between Ptilosarcus gurneyi and Tritonia diomedea acetylcholinesterase

East BayStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
ClaireEvangelho2017-18Joshua ReeceReece
Undergraduate

​Vulnerability assessment of climate change, sea-level rise and human land-use change in coastal Georgia

FresnoStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
RobertFabela2017-18Lars TomanekTomanek
Undergraduate

​​Ciliary response in the mussel, Mytilus californianus, to food availability and sirtuin inhibition

San Luis ObispoStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
StephanieFranck2017-18Jeremy ClaisseClaisse
Undergraduate

​Gonadal development and seasonal spawning patterns of the Garibaldi, Hypsypops rubicundus

PomonaStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
MichelleGarcia2017-18Kathryn TheissTheiss
Undergraduate

​Elucidating the evolutionary relationships of coralline algae in Southern California

Dominguez HillsStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
LauraGivens2017-18Ron ColemanColeman
Undergraduate

​Influence of temperature on coral symbiotic zooxanthellae 

SacramentoStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
SilvanoGonzalez2017-18Lars TomanekTomanek
Undergraduate

​Changes in the clearance rate of Mytilus californius in relation to food availability and heat stress

San Luis ObispoStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
JessicaGravelle2017-18Paul BourdeauBourdeau
Undergraduate

​Structural micro-analysis of Mytilus californianus shells

HumboldtStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
GabrielGreenberg-Pines2017-18Jeremy LongLong
Undergraduate

​The effect of competition for aboveground resources on salt marsh plants

San DiegoStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
EmmaHaines2017-18John OlsonOlson
Undergraduate

​Creating an index on the dryness of a river

Monterey BayStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
BrookeHarrington2017-18Diego SustaitaSustaita
Undergraduate

​Comparison of climbing performance of salt marsh harvest mice and coexisting wetland rodent species in the Suisun Marsh, CA

San MarcosStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
LarissaHarter2017-18Horacio FerrizFerriz
Undergraduate

​C2VSim modeling of the groundwater and surface water influxes into the San Joaquin estuary

StanislausStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
JackHawley2017-18Christine CassCass
Undergraduate

​A comparative study of microplastics throughout the water column, benthic environments, and bivalves in Humboldt Bay, Northern California

HumboldtStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
JamieHayward2017-18Joe CarlinCarlin
Undergraduate

​Linking marine and terrestrial processes to the evolution of a mid-shelf mudbelt: an investigation of the Salinas River Mudbelt, Central California, USA

FullertonStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
LindseyHuffman2017-18Ryan PortnerPortner
Undergraduate

​Volcanic glass sediment characterization from the East Pacific Rise

San JoséStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
ChristineHughes2017-18Amy WagnerWagner
Undergraduate

​Implications of land use practices on aquatic ecosystems as determined via geochemical properties in corals of Salt River Bay, St.Croix, USVI

SacramentoStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
WinifredIgboke2017-18Nathaniel JueJue
Undergraduate

​Estimating chiton genome size using real-time PCR

Monterey BayStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
ChrisKightlinger2017-18Horacio FerrizFerriz
Undergraduate

​Nitrate in groundwater in San Joaquin County

StanislausStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
ZacharyKucinski2017-18Dean WendtWendt
Undergraduate

​A potential new source of groundfish age and growth data

San Luis ObispoStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
CatherineLachnit2017-18Bengt AllenAllen
Undergraduate

​Selective grazing and the potential for resource complementarity among grazers on the rocky shore

Long BeachStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
BryanLester2017-18Rafael Cuevas UribeCuevas Uribe
Undergraduate

​Aquaponic research off-grid in a maritime climate

HumboldtStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
OliviaLewis2017-18Sean LemaLema
Undergraduate

​Sequencing of the northern anchovy mitogenome

San Luis ObispoStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
  
KiarraLyons2017-18Danielle ZacherlZacherl
Undergraduate

​Avian use of restored eelgrass meadows and oyster beds as part of a living shorelines project

FullertonStudent Research Support Program2017-18 Undergraduate Student Research Support Program Awards
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