I’m a PhD student at the University of Hawaii and the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, and I am spending my summer (the Australian winter) working at the University of Sydney in the lab of Dr. Maria Byrne. I am trying to investigate the effects of sewage effluent on the population connectivity of of sea stars, Meridiastra calcar, in particular. This project is following up on a study I did in California showing that both urban runoff and sewage effluent were effectively isolating populations of sea stars.
Ensuring that human populations aren’t hindering the connectivity of larvae between marine populations is critical to preserving marine biodiversity and ecosystem services. Results from this study will help better guide our marine conservation efforts.
Follow along as I embark on this scientific and cultural journey and don’t forget to check out my website