Presentation Title

Protocol for Observing Nudibranchs in Optimal Conditions Through Open Flow Aquaria

Session Title

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

Conference Track

Citizens/Education

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (2014 : Seattle, Wash.)

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Digital content made available by University Archives, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

Presenter/Author Information

Eugene DisneyFollow

Start Date

1-5-2014 5:00 PM

End Date

1-5-2014 6:30 PM

Abstract

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

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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.