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Too Hot, Too Fresh, Too Salty: How Do Marine Organisms Adapt to Stressful Environments?

Assistant Professor Morgan Kelly, Biological Sciences, will discuss how oysters adapt
When Oct 26, 2017
from 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Where 135 French House
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Contact Phone (225) 578-2479
Attendees Ogden Honors College students
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Professor Kelly will speak about her lab's research on oysters and copepods: How they adapt to stressful environments, and what this tells us about how ecologically important species might cope with climate change.

Kelly has recently been awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation selects 126 outstanding U.S. and Canadian researchers as recipients of this award each year. The honor is awarded to early-career scholars whose achievements mark them as the next generation of scientific leaders.

Kelly is a marine biologist who studies how oysters adapt to changes in their environment. Louisiana’s oyster fishery is the largest in the country—roughly a $85 million industry. Oysters also play an important role in the ecosystem by filtering and cleaning the water. Oyster beds further help stabilize the shoreline to prevent coastal erosion and land loss. Yet, oysters in the Gulf of Mexico face warming temperatures and a rise in fresh water from heavy rainfall and fresh water diversions. Kelly studies how these changes impact oysters.