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Lauren Horstmyer

Woman with blonde hair holds a spiny dogfish.

Graduate Fellow
lauren.horstmyer [at] oregonstate.edu

My research involves studying the effects of climate change and associated events on reproductive traits in shark species. Reproduction is the key to species-wide survival, and recent climate anomalies suggest that this process may be heavily influenced by factors such as the growth of anoxic zones, increased sea surface temperature, and associated changes in prey distribution. My research involves combining physiological markers with ultrasonography and in-vitro tagging to explore the relationship between individual patterns such as choice of nursery grounds, number of offspring, and frequency of reproduction with associated climate conditions. Understanding the influence of climate change on reproductive traits will allow us to predict the ability of sharks to counteract external pressure,  which will help inform management decisions.