Mark Wilcox

MSc. Candidate (2008 -)
B.Sc. in Marine Biology, University of New Brunswick, Saint John, NB, 2008
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Project title: Predatory Impact of Green Crab (Carcinus maenas) on Early Post-Settling American Lobster (Homarus americanus).

My Masters research involves assessing the predatory impact of green crab on juvenile and young of year lobster at our study site at Birch Cove within Passamaquoddy Bay.

This will be accomplished using a model equation we developed that incorporates molecular techniques to identify lobster DNA from green crab gut contents and field abundance data gathered by SCUBA to give a quantitative estimate of green crab predation on lobster.

This is of interest to me both for its implications to lobster ecology and in the application of the model and molecular techniques to be able to quantify impacts to prey species.