Will invasive species benefit from climate change? Will climate change differentially affect native and invasive species physiology?
Organismal physiology is key to understanding biological responses to climate change. I am investigating how climate change stressors (e.g. warming and low salinity) may affect both native species (Olympia oysters; Ostrea lurida) and invasive species (eastern oyster drills; Urosalpinx cinerea and Japanese oyster drills; Ocinebrellus inornatus).
For this work, I have been constructing sub-lethal thermal performance curves as well as calculating lethal responses to warming and low salinity to determine which species may be most sensitive to environmental change. I am then comparing this data to environmental time series in order to understand the context of these physiological responses.