Gretchen Hofmann (Homepage)Professor
Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9620
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Research interests: Ecological physiology of marine invertebrates, the effect of climate and climate change on marine species
I am an eco-physiologist researching the effects of climate and climate change on the performance of marine species. In particular, our lab investigates the impact on marine organisms of rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations via ocean warming and acidification. We study how these environmental changes influence the regulation of physiological mechanisms that impact development, physiology, geographic distribution and survival. In the Santa Barbara area, our research focuses on the larvae of the purple sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus), and red abalone (Haliotis rufescens), two economically important species in the Santa Barbara kelp forests.