Rosemary Romero

 

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Recruitment strategies of the macroalgae Ulva and Porphyra in central California

I am interested in how species interactions and succession structure marine communities. More specifically asking questions concerning which species of algae recruit after a disturbance and why they recruit when they do. Ulva (sea lettuce) is a common alga that recruits soon after a disturbance on the rocky shores of central California. The blades of this alga are annual and holocarpic, meaning that all cells within the blades can become reproductive simultaneously. This trait has led to the theory of an eternal source of propagules that are always in the water column. I’m in the process of testing which is the more prominent factor in Ulva’s efficient colonization of bare rock; spores in the water column or microscopic stages, and whether timing of disturbance has an effect on recruitment.

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Contact info:

Rosemary Romero
Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
8272 Moss Landing Rd.
Moss Landing, CA 95039-9647
Phone #: 831-771-4421
Fax #: 831-632-4403
e-mail: rromeroATmlml.calstate.edu