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Mechanisms of resistance and resilience to system-wide loss of keystone predator in an iconic intertidal community

Award Period: 

Friday, March 1, 2019 to Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Award Amount: 

$26 696

Agency Name: 

UC Santa Cruz

Award Number: 

A18-0211-S001

PI First Name: 

Jennifer

PI last name: 

Caselle

Co-PI: 

Carol Blanchette

Area/s of Research: 

Abstract: 

UCSB researchers will support the NSF funded project ‘Mechanisms of resistance and resilience to system-wide loss of keystone predator in an iconic intertidal community’ awarded to Pete Raimondi at UC Santa Cruz. Staff researcher Avrey Parsons-Field will provide both field and lab support. Field work involves maintaining field experiments and conducting surveys at central and southern California rocky intertidal sites. All collected data will be entered into standardized forms and checked prior to submission to project leaders at UC Santa Cruz. Parsons-Field will also maintain the permits for access to Hollister Ranch and Vandenburg airforce base. UCSB undergraduate students will conduct larval sorting in the lab of Jenn Caselle under the supervision on Parson-Field. Sorting of larvae from barnacle plates and tuffies will be done form the following sites: WAD, SOB, PSN, LOM, ALEG, and COPT. Samples from the UCSC group will be sent to UCSB for processing. Data will be entered and check at UCSB. All recruitment supplies will be provided by UC Santa Cruz. Parsons-Field will maintain consistent protocols for sorting with collaborators at Oregon State University.