Broadly, I am interested in resolving the stories of intense biological warfare occurring at the base of aquatic food webs between predators and their prey. Since the balance of any aquatic environment is at the whim of human influence, it is important to know how predator-prey interactions vary when prey assemblages change. My current work focuses on applying next-generation DNA sequencing techniques to reveal the invisible contributors to the diets of larval fishes in the San Francisco Estuary, with a specific interest in the feeding habits of the longfin smelt, an historically important but now threatened forage fish in the Estuary. I am investigating how the larval fish diet differs across different habitats within the Estuary, how feeding habits change over development, and how the diet of the longfin smelt compares to that of co-occurring fishes. I am trained as a biological oceanographer who has done extensive work with microscopic crustaceans, in DNA barcoding individual zooplankton, and in applying novel DNA sequencing techniques to answer important aquatic ecological questions.
Speaker: Dr. Michelle Jungbluth, SF State University, Estuary & Ocean Science Center
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Tiburon, CA 94920
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