Laurie McConnico

Demography of the intertidal kelp Alaria marginata along the Big Sur coast of California

My thesis research focused on the demography of the intertidal kelp Alaria marginata along the Big Sur coast of California. I examined how patterns of recruitment, growth, and reproduction affected persistence of the large (>5m), annual kelp along this wave-exposed stretch of coast. I am interested in how species’ life histories influence seaweed persistence, and their patterns of abundance and distribution. In addition to my work with Alaria, I am looking at long-term recovery rates of intertidal algal and invertebrate assemblages impacted by a boat wreck/salvage in Monterey Bay (collaboration with the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary). I plan to continue research on both of these projects, as well as explore similar research with macroalgae in the Gulf of California, Baja California, Sur.

 

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Laurie McConnico
Cuesta College
Division of Biological Sciences
Cuesta College
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403-8106
Phone #: 805-546-3100x2787
e-mail: laurie_mcconnico@cuesta.edu