Environmental variability and organismal responses in a changing ocean

2 Març 2018
Sala d'Actes
Impartida per: 
Dr. Lydia Kapsenberg
Departament de Biologia Marina i Oceanografia, Institut de Ciències del Mar


My research integrates oceanography and marine physiology to understand the adaptive capacity of marine species and the potential for local management of ocean change. In this talk I will cover examples of coastal ocean pH variability and acidification/warming trends in the Mediterranean Sea, and examples of biological responses to natural pH variation (early developmental physiology of mussels). I will also introduce my current postdoctoral research project, which assesses mussel physiology and the potential for local management of ocean change in Delta de Ebro.


Brief biography

Dr. Lydia Kapsenberg is a marine scientist who studies the impacts of ocean acidification on coastal marine invertebrates. Her expertise is on applied research using techniques spanning oceanography and marine physiology. She received her PhD from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2015. Her first postdoc was funded by the United States National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship to work with Dr. Jean-Pierre Gattuso in the Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche in France. Here, she developed a pH-variability system for larval culturing and conducted experiments investigating the mechanisms by which larvae develop abnormally under low pH. Currently, she holds a European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action postdoctoral fellowship to work with Dr. Carles Pelejero at ICM.