Environmental Stressors

The response of common sea stars (Asterias rubens) to environmental stressors expected to occur with climate change

This research is currently being conducted by Dr. Sarah Wahltinez for her PhD with Dr. Nicole Stacy.


This research will provide insight into how common sea stars (Asterias rubens) will respond to our changing oceans, including ocean acidification, ocean warming, and hypoxia. To evaluate their responses to environmental stressors, we are using routine diagnostics combined with advanced molecular techniques on coelomic fluid and body wall biopsies. Our results will hopefully be coming soon! We hope to provide more information on how these iconic marine invertebrates will respond to global climate change.

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