Elevated pCO2 causes developmental delay in early larval Pacific oysters

The paper, “Elevated pCO2 causes developmental delay in early larval Pacific oysters, Crassostrea gigas“, is included in an upcoming special issue on ocean acidification in the journal Marine Biology.  I did the research  in Emily Carrington’s lab in Friday Harbor during the summer of 2011 with the help of researcher Michael “Moose” O’Donnell.  Other co-authors and contributors are SAFS professors Carolyn Friedman and Steven Roberts.  Our research shows that elevated pCO2, an environmental condition that results from both natural (respiration, upwelling) and unnatural (emissions) processes, causes a developmental delay in oyster larvae.  This delay could have ecological implications for larval development and possibly influence later life stages.