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Understanding human impact on coastal marine systems


Narrator:        This is Science Today. Understanding how humans impact coastal marine systems is one of the research goals at the Bodega Marine Laboratory, which is managed by the University of California, Davis. Researcher Jill Bible explains that this insight can be used for conservation and restoration of coastal ecosystems.

Bible:             I'm studying how populations of Olympia oysters, which are the only native species of oyster on the west coast of North America might respond to human-caused ocean change such as increased temperature, ocean acidification, or changes in the salinity regime. And I'm interested in how different populations of the same species might have evolved different responses to those stressful events. My hope is that my research will help us determine what populations are particularly important to conserve and what populations might be useful for restoration.

Narrator:        For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.