Emma Hodgson, UW SAFS

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PhD student, UW School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences

Bio: I started my graduate work in fisheries ecology at the University of Washington (UW) School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences (SAFS) in the fall of 2012. As a member of the Essington Lab, my research focuses on the impacts of ocean acidification on ecologically and economically important species in the California Current. Coming from a background in evolutionary biology at the University of British Columbia, I decided that I wanted to pursue a degree in the applied biological sciences. My research uses quantitative tools – population and ecosystem models, and risk assessment – to ask questions about (1) how organisms’ responses and vulnerability to stress change as they progress through their life stages (eggs, larvae, adults); and (2) how impacts on lower trophic level species feed through the food web to affect the species we depend on for fisheries. Outside of the thrilling activity of being a computer-biologist, I make sure to get outside and explore Washington State and frequently head back up to Canada. This will be my first research cruise – which I am very excited about, along with some natural trepidation!

What I’m doing on this cruise: I am joining the research team as a (general) research assistant, I will be helping take samples from the CTD for oxygen and nutrients, as well as deploying and retrieving the vertical plankton net and sometimes the Bongo net. I will also be working with Meg Chadsey on this blog.