Krill Abundance and Fisheries Dynamics

Euphausia pacifica (Photo Credit: Peter J Bryant)
Euphausia pacifica (Photo Credit: Peter J Bryant)

Estimating variation in krill biomass and its effect on salmonids during a period of extreme environmental variability

The Morgan Lab is seeking volunteers and students needing undergraduate research credit to assist in a project to examine variation in krill abundance and its role in fisheries dynamics in the California Current System. This research aims to improve our ability to estimate the biomass and species distributions of krill off of the California coast in general, while also providing a focused examination of the relationship between the distribution and abundance of these critical prey items and the success of their salmonid predators during the marine heat wave events of 2015-2017. Research assistants will work with members of the lab to identify and count the major krill species (conducted at Bodega Marine Laboratory), and to take measurements for length-frequency distributions (conducted at Davis or BML campus). They will gain experience with the biology and morphology of marine invertebrates and have opportunities to learn about trophic ecology, coastal oceanography, and fisheries. Additional opportunities for involvement and individual research are available to motivated candidates.

To apply, please email Connor Dibble.