Where are they now? – Maxwell Kaplan

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Photo credit: T. Aran Mooney, WHOI

Again, this is a bit of a cheat since Max Kaplan (PC 33, Ontario) was not in Marine Science, but he was in Biology and Diving and he is and has done a great deal of marine science since leaving Pearson College – so I’m going to claim him!

Max recently completed an undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of St. Andrews and  has just published a paper from his work with T. Aran Mooney in the summer of 2011 at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), where he is currently a graduate student.

The paper was published in PLOS ONE on 31 May 2013 and summarizes the effect of elevated levels of CO2 (to simulate the subsequent effects of ocean acidification) on the development of Atlantic longfin squid – mantle length and time to hatching were both affected but the biggest effect was seen on the (aragonite) statoliths. More details from the link to the paper below:

Adverse Effects of Ocean Acidification on Early Development of Squid (Doryteuthis pealeii)

and from http://www.livescience.com/37058-ocean-acidification-threatens-squid.html

and http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-05/whoi-aoc052413.php.

In the photo above by his supervisor at WHOI, Max is in the US Virgin Islands installing a digital acoustic recorder on a coral reef. Good luck with your graduate studies Max and please keep us posted!

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