Alaska Ocean Acidification Network
Bob Foy is the Director of the NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center Laboratory in Kodiak. He has spent over 20 years working on marine biological and ecological research, and currently studies the effects of ocean acidification on crab.
Q: How did you get into the field of ocean acidification and crab?
Before working with commercial crab species, my research focused on the effects of environmental variability on the physiological processes in fish. In 2007, I was lucky to join an active crab research group starting to discuss ocean acidification in the NOAA Shellfish Assessment Program with a mission to look at the abiotic and biotic factors that influence the management of crab stocks in Alaska. Researchers at the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory and other large ocean chemistry laboratories were publishing about the increases in anthropogenic CO2 in seawater and the potential effects on shell building organisms. We could see that in order to adequately manage crab stocks, we needed to assess the potential risks of ocean acidification on commercial crab species. We built a research team, a research program, and a CO2 dosing and experimental system in a state of the art seawater laboratory. We continue to work with colleagues at other agency laboratories and universities to broaden the response variables we measure with each experiment.
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