Master’s Research

I got my Master’s through the research-based joint BS/MS degree program in the Department of Biology at UCSD. I was advised by Paul Dayton at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

My research focused on determining if and how rocky intertidal invertebrate communities have changed over a 30+ year time period at two sites in San Diego. I did this by replicating two baseline surveys: one done by SIO graduate students in 1961 and 1963, and another done by the Bureau of Land Management from 1974-1979. I found that  abundances of many species had decreased at one site, but not at the other. I believe that this is due to differences in the physical factors at each site which lead to different effects seen from climate shifts.

Map of study sites
Map of study sites
Lucia lays out a transect
Lucia lays out a transect at Ocean Beach

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