Abstract Title

Session S-04I: Citizen Science as a Tool for Conservation

Proposed Abstract Title

Protocol for Observing Nudibranchs in Optimal Conditions Through Open Flow Aquaria

Presenter/Author Information

Eugene DisneyFollow

Keywords

Citizens/Education

Location

Room 6C

Start Date

1-5-2014 5:00 PM

End Date

1-5-2014 6:30 PM

Description

This project focuses on the seasonal changes in nudibranch populations observed in the MaST Center aquarium located in Des Moines, WA. Nudibranchs are eurytrophic omnivores possessing a long-term planktonic larval stage which allows for choosing optimal environments to metamorphose. The MaST center provides this environment by having plentiful food sources and limited predators. The intention of the project is to create a protocol for citizen science research in an open flow aquarium. This would allow volunteers the opportunity to record nudibranch population densities, preferential habitats and egg mass occurrences in relation to seasonal changes for all observed species over an extended period of time. This research provides an understanding in the distribution of nudibranch species in Puget Sound and helps to increase public awareness of under-appreciated marine organisms.

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Protocol for Observing Nudibranchs in Optimal Conditions Through Open Flow Aquaria

Room 6C

This project focuses on the seasonal changes in nudibranch populations observed in the MaST Center aquarium located in Des Moines, WA. Nudibranchs are eurytrophic omnivores possessing a long-term planktonic larval stage which allows for choosing optimal environments to metamorphose. The MaST center provides this environment by having plentiful food sources and limited predators. The intention of the project is to create a protocol for citizen science research in an open flow aquarium. This would allow volunteers the opportunity to record nudibranch population densities, preferential habitats and egg mass occurrences in relation to seasonal changes for all observed species over an extended period of time. This research provides an understanding in the distribution of nudibranch species in Puget Sound and helps to increase public awareness of under-appreciated marine organisms.