Krystal Woodard

MSc. student (2014-present)

Project: Investigating the role of temperature mediated embryo development of the cunner (Tautogolabrus adspersus).

My MSc research aims to uncover the mechanism that has allowed cunner (Tautogolabrus adspersus) to expand their range, something that is rarely done in the field of study of species' range expansion. Until recently, there have been no documented cases of fish species ranges expanding into the Bay of Fundy.

It was previously through that cunner were not able to enter into the area due to the colder sea-surface temperatures that prohibit spawning. However, a new sampling program in the Quoddy region has recently provided the first records of juvenile cunner.

This project will aim to confirm and document the recent appearance of cunner through the use of passive cobble collectors. The project will also investigate if this change in distribution can be linked to increased sea-surface temperatures that allow successful embryo development.