Research Questions and Themes

Our community of scholars works together to answer the question,

What is the response of marine life to climate variability?

live crab in a research lab Teams of scientists around the state study three specific research questions about adaptation, food webs, and pathogens.

  1. What are the stress responses and evolutionary potentials of marine organisms in response to climate change?
    Leads: Tatiana Rynearson at URI GSO, Rebeka Merson at RIC, David Rand at Brown
  2. How are the structure and function of coastal marine food webs and biogeochemical cycling being directed in response to climate change?
    Leads: Susanne Menden-Deuer at URI GSO, Bethany Jenkins at URI, Patrick Ewanchuk at PC
  3. How will global climate change affect the ecology of marine pathogens and parasites?
    Leads: David Nelson at URI, Chris Lane at URI, Roxanna Smolowitz at RWU

What we’re doing and what we’ve learned

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