Sloane Viola

Marine Science Institute
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6150

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My research focuses on the role of disturbance and suspension-feeding bivalves on the establishment of a non-native marine epibenthic invertebrate (Watersipora) on offshore oil platforms. The establishment and persistence of this species on offshore structures may promote the dispersal of this organism to nearby kelp forests. I seek to determine the importance of the timing of disturbance relative to Watersipora's reproductive season as well as biotic controls on recruitment in order to enhance maintenance of offshore structures and preserve native biodiversity in the Santa Barbara Channel.

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