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Amanda Kelley


The overarching goal of my research is to identify the molecular mechanisms involved in the regulation of thermal tolerance in non-native marine invertebrates, including characterizing those tools that may facilitate range expansion and response to climate change. Specifically, my dissertation research focuses on the thermal physiology of the invasive decapod Carcinus maenas, the European green crab, along its recipient range on the west coast of North America. Using animals sampled from both southern, warm-acclimated, and northern, cold-acclimated sites, I am comparing how these disparate thermal environments modulate differential expression of proteins involved in the heat-shock response and cell cycle regulation when given heat or cold stresses. Furthermore, I am interested in how these variations in ambient temperature across its invasive range may generate clinal differences in the overall adult size in this species.




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