ECOLOGY AND FOOD WEB DYNAMICS
Purpose: To continue developing our understanding of marine and coastal food web dynamics, particularly regarding the interactions between Dungeness crab and other species.
Understand top-down (predation) versus bottom-up (recruitment limitations) impacts on Dungeness populations
Investigate the impacts of environmental stressors on various life history stages for Dungeness crab
Explore the marine disease landscape in Washington waters
Determine how environmental factors influence growth rates for Dungeness crab
Determine if, and to what degree, predators (e.g. otters) impact Dungeness crab populations
Understand the diets of Dungeness crab using a variety of methods (fatty acid, stable isotopes, etc.)