Environmental drivers of growth and mortality in larval fishes

In this project we are exploring how otolith-based technologies can reveal environmental effects on the early life history stages of fishes.

Danswell Starrs is leading this project on the utility of otoliths (fish ear bones) for detecting the early life history response of tropical freshwater fishes to changes in environmental temperature and food availability. A key aspect of this work has been validating the link between otolith and somatic growth, and the use of stable isotopes for linking offspring to their maternal source. Please check out some the excellent papers form this project so far (links below).

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