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Professor Pechenik has received a 3-year grant from the National Science Foundation to study the impact of ocean acidification on the development and growth of the marine gastropod Crepidula fornicata. These animals have an extensive geographical distribution in their native range—from Nova Scotia to Florida on the East Coast of the U.S.—and have also become a remarkably successful invasive species in many other parts of the world, including the Oregon and Washington coasts, the English Channel, the Brittany coast of France, and southern Norway and southern Wales. In many parts of its range, large numbers of individuals can be found both intertidally and subtidally. The research is being conducted in association with Dr. Tony Pires at Dickinson College.
Read a brief overview of the ocean acidification problem and its relationship to global warming >
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