Post-Doc opportunity: Developmental and transgenerational acclimation of egg and larval development to OA, CNRS-EPHE-UPVD, Moorea, French Polynesia

In order to understand how populations and communities will respond to ocean acidification and global warming we need to determine the capacity of organisms to acclimate and adapt to lower pH and increased temperatures. There is evidence that decreased pH and increased temperature negatively affects the embryonic development and hatching success of a tropical marine opistobranch, however, it is unknown whether they have the potential to acclimate.

This 1 year Post-Doc proposes to rear the tropical reef sea hare Stylocheilus striatus at present day and elevated water temperatures (+1.5 and +3.0 °C) and dissolved CO2 (current day and 1030 ppm atmospheric CO2) to test its ability to acclimate to ocean acidification and temperatures scenarios predicted to occur over the next 50–100 years. The rearing of individuals under both elevated temperatures and dissolved CO2 through their entire life cycle as well as both parents and their offspring, we will determine the importance of both developmental and transgenerational acclimation respectively, for coping with rapid climate change.

Interested candidates should contact Suzanne Mills on suzanne.mills(at) and attach their CV. This projet is a collaboration between Suzanne Mills, Riccardo Rodolfo-Metalpa and Jean-Pierre Gattuso.

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