The climate is changing. Can kelp forests adapt? My work explores the ecological, physiological, and genetic aspects of giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) in the face of rising ocean temperatures and changing environmental conditions. My goal is to understand the adaptability of southern California kelp forests, some of our most biodiverse marine ecosystems, and provide insights critical to their survival and restoration.
Image: Jenny Adler
Uncovering the Impact of Climate Change on Kelp Health:
How do rising ocean temperatures, driven by climate change, affect the health and dynamics of kelp beds in San Diego?