I am looking at the burrowing ability and byssal thread production of an invasive mussel (Arcuatula senhousia) in different sediment grain sizes to see how predation rates are affected to ultimately better explain the observed distribution patterns of adult A. senhousia in Mission Bay.
I am from Chicago, IL and have always been passionate about invasion biology. My growing curiosity of non-indigenous marine species led to my current research, which focuses on the non-indigenous spaghetti bryozoan (Amathia verticillata, previously named Zoobotryon verticillatum [delle Chiaje, 1822]). I hope to better understand their community role in Mission Bay by examining their distribution, structural complexity, and associated marine invertebrate community.
I’m researching the distribution of Arcuatula senhousia in Mission Bay, San Diego, an invasive mussel species. I’m specifically examining how sediment type and predators affect A. senhousia distribution.