Seminar: “Ocean acidification and the three-spined stickleback: how will the larval stages cope in our future sea?”, 13 November 2014, University of Helsinki

Date & location: 13.11.2014, University of Helsinki, Novia Campus Raseborg, Room B149

Organiser: Justin Johnson, University of Helsinki

As a relatively new topic, ocean acidification is not extremely well understood and has become a hot topic in the scientific community. Understanding how climate change will affect the planet is a key issue worldwide according the IPCC 2013. An increasing amount of research is being performed to learn more about this emerging topic. Very few papers have been published relating to the Baltic Sea as well as the effects of ocean acidification effects on temperate fish species.

The purpose of this study is to gain insight to the mechanisms of ocean acidification and to study the effects on a relatively adaptable species, Gasterosteus aculeatus or common name, the Three-Spined Stickleback. The larval stages will be analyzed since they tend to exhibit higher sensitivity than the adult stages. This study looks to determine how the larval stages of the Three Spined-Stickleback will cope to increased acidity in their marine environment.

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