The goal of this collaborative science project is to support Olympia oyster conservation and restoration efforts by providing end-users new information that will improve their decisions related to Olympia oysters. Targeted end-users for this project are those engaged in Olympia oyster restoration, policy, strategic planning, permitting or funding.
Read about our April 17, 2013 mid-project workshop.
Field and lab studies will continue in 2013. In the lab, our team is focusing on an upcoming combined aerial temperature/low salinity stressor experiment. UC Davis PhD students Jill Bible and Brian Cheng have spawned native oysters from 6 sites in San Francisco Bay in tanks at the Bodega Marine Lab. Jill, Brian, and Kaylee Griffith (a project assistant) are growing the oysters on tiles for 2-3 months. Then they will expose them to low salinity that mimics conditions during spring runoff, followed by aerial temperatures to mimic heat stress during spring low tides. Rearing and feeding baby oysters in the lab takes a lot of work, and we will keep you updated on our progress!
Draft final products will be developed with end-user input in Spring 2014, and a Final Workshop to share results and products will be held in Summer 2014. Please contact Collaboration Lead Marilyn Latta (firstname.lastname@example.org) or any of the Project Team members with your questions, input, or for more information.