Science Seminar Series (fall edition): temperature-driven disease outbreaks impact oyster aquaculture in Tomales Bay

Date: Tuesday, 9 November 2021

Time: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Description: The talk will focus on Priya Shukla’s PhD research which is a collaboration with the Hog Island and Tomales Bay Oyster Companies to develop strategies for improving oysters’ ability to withstand temperature-driven disease and outbreaks. The talk will also cover her work using bivalves to track ocean acidification as part of the Bodega Ocean Acidification Research Group.

Speaker Bio:

Priya Shukla is a doctoral candidate in ecology at UC Davis. Her research explores the effects of climate change on shellfish aquaculture in California. She is working with the Hog Island and Tomales Bay Oyster Companies to explore whether stress hardening the commercially farmed Pacific Oyster through ‘heat shock’ reduces the species’ susceptibility to disease outbreaks. Priya is an active science communicator and deeply invested in improving the accessibility of marine science. She has participated in many JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion) endeavors and has written about its integration in science in many venues, including her online Ocean & Climate Science column with Forbes. Prior to beginning her PhD, Priya received her master’s degree in ecology from San Diego State University and her bachelor’s degree from UC Davis in environmental science and management. She has also worked as an environmental consultant, a high school teacher, a policy specialist, a public educator, and a lab manager. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @priyology, read her writing at, and keep up to date with her research at

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