Physiological and gene transcription assays to assess responses of mussels to environmental changes

Biodiversity and Conservation
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Abstract

Coastal regions worldwide face increasing management concerns due to natural and anthropogenic forces that have the potential to significantly degrade nearshore marine resources. The goal of our study was to develop and test a monitoring strategy for nearshore marine ecosystems in remote areas that are not readily accessible for sampling. Mussel species have been used extensively to assess ecosystem vulnerability to multiple, interacting stressors. We sampled bay mussels (Mytilus trossulus) in 2015 and 2016 from six intertidal sites in Lake Clark and Katmai National Parks and Preserves, in south-central Alaska. Reference ranges for physiological assays and gene transcription were determined for use in future assessment efforts. Both techniques identified differences among sites, suggesting influences of both large-scale and local environmental factors and underscoring the value of this combined approach to ecosystem health monitoring.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Physiological and gene transcription assays to assess responses of mussels to environmental changes
Series title Biodiversity and Conservation
DOI 10.7717/peerj.7800
Year Published 2019
Language English
Publisher PeerJ
Contributing office(s) Western Ecological Research Center, Alaska Science Center
Description e7800
Country United States
State Alaska
Other Geospatial Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Katmai National Park and Preserve