Presentation Title: The effects of artificial ocean acidification on the behaviour and physical characteristics of the Chilean mussel species, Perumytilus purpuratus

Section: Poster Session Group 2 2

Location: , Great Hall

Date & Time: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 2:45pm - 3:30pm


The oceans of the world currently absorb 30-50% of the CO2 produced by human activity, resulting in a gradual decrease in ocean acidity over time. As acidity decreases and the concentration of shell building materials decreases, marine calcifying organisms like mussels and crabs may have greater difficulty creating calcified structures. Although many organisms can maintain a high level of calcification in acidified conditions, a more holistic look at certain species has revealed unexpected physical and behavioral signs of stress. In this study, a Chilean mussel species, Perumytilus purpuratus, was held at increased concentrations of CO2 in the laboratory over a three-month period and the animals were measured experimentally for reduced calcification rates and stress in both physical and behavioral characteristics. It appears that this species was unaffected by increased levels of CO2 over the course of the experiment, although longer-term studies may reveal more subtle effects on this species.

Type of Presentation: Individual poster

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Presentation Area: Biology

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Presenter Information
Presenter(s): Lloyd, Maria Elena
Major(s): Biology
Class Year(s): 2013

Sponsor(s): Sheldon, Sallie P.
Dept(s): Biology

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