The Zacherl lab’s research interests center around topics in marine ecology including larval behavior, settlement and recruitment dynamics, population connectivity, restoration ecology, and native-non-native species interactions.

Current research projects include:

DZ and grunion

Population connectivity – We use statoliths, otoliths, and genetic markers to measure dispersal and connectivity over ecological and evolutionary timescales.

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Newport Bay Rest proj

Restoration – We have been engaged in science-based restoration projects focussed on restoring the Olympia oyster, Ostrea lurida, in southern California since 2010.

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Monitoring – We have been monitoring settlement dynamics and adult populations of oysters since 2005. We recently initiated projects focused on abalone.

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