Emily Slesinger

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The ocean has always been home to me. I grew up along the beaches of San Diego, and would take annual family vacations to Cape Cod, which probably sparked my earliest intrigue into marine science as I started comparing the different oceans. And while I’ve always been fascinated by the ocean and the life within, it wasn’t until undergraduate that I realized that I was serious about perusing a career in marine biology. I graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz where I received a B.S. in Marine Biology and a B.A. in Environmental Studies. While at UCSC, I interned in an invertebrate ecology lab, studying krill population dynamics in the Monterey Bay. In order to obtain krill samples, I went on a few NOAA scientific cruises that traversed the California coast from San Francisco down to San Diego and back, sampling primarily for juvenile rockfish. On these research cruises I realized my true passion lied in fish biology so after graduation, I interned at NOAA SWFSC in Santa Cruz assisting studies on rockfish fecundity and recruitment.

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I am currently pursing my Ph.D. under Dr. Grace Saba.  My research focus is on studying the effects of climate change on economically and ecologically valuable North Atlantic fish.  Specifically, I study the physiology of fish to relate how they may be negatively impacted or acclimate to a changing ocean.  My current project is finding the thermal optimum for black sea bass.  We do this by measuring black sea bass aerobic scope, the difference between their maximum and resting metabolic rates, at a range of temperatures to see which temperature promotes the highest scope.  This is considered their thermal optimum.  Since we can’t measure metabolic rate directly, we use oxygen consumption, which can be measured in respirometry chambers.  The data from this project will be used to create habitat models that will predict where black sea bass may migrate to as ocean temperature rises along the Northeast Shelf.  When I’m not taking care of and testing my cohort of experimental black sea bass, I enjoy anything outdoors such as hiking, fishing, running, traveling, learning how to deal with real winter, and going to the beach.   When I’m indoors, I enjoy making popcorn and then eating it.

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Black sea bass in respirometry chamber (left) and the entire chamber-computer system set up (right).

Schuyler Nardelli

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Growing up in the Adirondack mountains of northern New York, I fell in love with the outdoors at an early age. Most of my childhood was spent exploring the mountains and rivers near my home, and by high school I knew I wanted to pursue an education in environmental science. However, my interest in ocean sciences was not sparked until my sophomore spring at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME. Before coming to Bowdoin, my oceanic experience was limited to vacations to Cape Cod, but after my first oceanography course I knew I had discovered a new passion. During undergrad, I attended SEA Semester, studying the effects of ocean acidification on pteropod shell degradation as we sailed from Honolulu to San Francisco. I also began conducting research with Dr. Collin Roesler, who introduced me to the field of ocean optics and phytoplankton ecology. This spurred me to spend a year post-undergrad working as a research technician in an ocean optics lab at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce, Florida.

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Currently, I am a PhD candidate advised by Dr. Oscar Schofield. My research is based at Palmer Station in Antarctica, studying the effects of climate change on plankton ecology. I utilize a range of technologies, including autonomous underwater vehicles, to study how changes in the physical environment effect phytoplankton community dynamics, and how these dynamics ripple up the food web to the zooplankton. Through my research, I spend multiple months every austral summer in Antarctica conducting field work off of small boats. Collecting water samples is definitely a lot more exciting while penguins are porpoising right next to the boat!

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