Climate Change and Dungeness Crabs

Ben Walker – Kroeker Lab

Positions: 1 intern

Tentative dates: Early June to early September 2021

Project Location: Coastal Campus with day trips to Davenport

Project Background: If you want to work with deliciously fascinating Dungeness crabs and a mind-boggling experimental system that autonomously manipulates seawater chemistry, then come join the Kroeker lab for a summer in Santa Cruz! We’ll be using our advanced experimental system to explore the potential effects of climate change on California’s valuable Dungeness crab.

Intern duties: Tasks will include collecting specimens in the field using light traps and/or SCUBA diving (if AAUS certified), aquaculture, taking water samples for chemistry analyses, experimental design and construction, measuring and weighing crabs, recording and analyzing data, and scientific communication.

Intern qualifications: We are looking for a student who is detail oriented, enthusiastic, inquisitive, highly motivated to be out on the water and in the corner of a dark lab, an excellent communicator, comfortable asking for clarification, able to identify and discuss mistakes, proactive, and hopefully not also dealing with a childhood fear of crabs.

Do you recommend the intern(s) volunteer in your lab during Spring quarter?
The intern is certainly welcome to do so, but it is not necessary. If they are available, I expect to be working in the experimental system at that time. So, it would be a great experience.

UC Santa Cruz Land Acknowledgement

“The land from which we base our work is the unceded territory of the Awaswas-speaking Uypi Tribe. The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, comprised of the descendants of indigenous people taken to missions Santa Cruz and San Juan Bautista during Spanish colonization of the Central Coast, is today working hard to restore traditional stewardship practices on these lands and heal from historical trauma.”