Rick Torres

Rick Torres

Undergraduate, B.S. Biology expected

Marine Biology concentration

Zonation patterns of settlement, recruitment and growth of the native Olympia oyster  and the Japanese oyster in San Diego Bay, CA.

I am a marine biology undergraduate and Mathematic Science Teaching Initiative (MSTI) scholar at Cal State Fullerton. I have been a part of the Zacherl lab since summer 2014 where I started as an intern, as a part of the summer research experience through the (STEM)2 program. My independent project focuses on the zonation patterns of settlement, recruitment and growth of the native Olympia oyster (Ostrea lurida ) and the Japanese oyster (Crassostrea gigas) at two locations, a mudflat and a chain-link fence in San Diego Bay, CA.  My research is part of a bigger “Living Shorelines” project with the Port of San Diego, California State Coastal Conservancy, and other collaorators.  The data I am collecting may allow us to maximize native oyster performance while minimizing non-native performance during restoration efforts.

I will graduate in the Fall of 2017 where I will then pursue my teaching credential in biology and chemistry.  I plan to teach at the high school level.