Bulletin of Marine Science Shares Research From Lobster Conference

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August 27th, 2018

Kari Lavalli and Ehud Spanier, a professor at the University of Haifa in Israel, conducted morphological studies on slipper lobsters at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Courtesy of Kari Lavalli

The Bulletin of Marine Science has devoted its July 2018 issue to the research presented at an international conference on lobster biology and management. The conference was co-organized by College of General Studies Senior Lecturer Kari Lavalli.

The 40th International Conference and Workshop on Lobster Biology and Management took place in July 2017. It brought together 200-plus researchers who discussed their findings on topics such as: how temperature affects diseases in lobsters, how changing environmental conditions affect chemosensory abilities, how thermal stress affects season movements, climate-related shifts in the distribution of American lobsters, and more. One central concern of the attendees and researchers: how climate change will affect the lobster population, an important industry in the New England economy.

The Bulletin of Marine Science (Vol. 94, No. 3) continues to get that message out. The issue publishes a range of research presented at the conference: the chemosensory world of the lobster, avoiding disease and predation, how temperature affects the lobster shell, and emerging diseases. Kari Lavalli’s research—featured in a recent Collegian article—also appears in the issue.

Many of the articles in the issue are open access and available to the public. Readers can learn more here.

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