What We Do
Our program studies how cells, tissues, organs, and systems in fish and shellfish develop, integrate with one another, and interact with the environment.
We evaluate how factors in both natural and captive environments influence fish and shellfish survival, life history, growth, reproduction, and olfactory function using traditional and cutting-edge techniques.
Results of our research are used to:
- Recommend ways to improve the quality of hatchery-produced salmon and reduce their impacts on wild salmon.
- Contribute to models for predictions of adult salmon returns.
- Improve sustainability and efficiency of marine finfish and shellfish aquaculture.
- Develop physiological “biomarkers” that can provide insights regarding fish condition or that of the environment/ecosystem in which they live.
- Determine effects of ocean acidification on finfish and shellfish spec
Adam Luckenbach, Ph.D.