Oysters and Disease in a Warming Ocean

How Marine Heatwaves and Ostreid Herpesvirus (OsHV-1) Impact Oyster Aquaculture

Priya in front of a oyster farm in Tomales Bay

Does thermal history influence the tolerance of Pacific oysters (Crassostrea gigas) to marine heatwaves and temperature-associated diseases?

For my PhD research in Dr. Ted Grosholz's lab at UC Davis, I am studying how warming and the temperature-associated disease, Ostreid herpesvirus (OsHV-1) affect the farmed Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas. I'm also interested in seeing if priming oysters to warmer temperatures influences C. gigas' response to OsHV-1.

In The News

  • Running Boot Camps For Oysters TO Train Them For A Warming World | CaliforniaSea Grant [August 2022]
  • Russia‚Äôs unfrozen Laptev Sea is not the only warning sign of climate change | California Aggie [November 2020]
  • Oceans Under a Changing Climate | UC Davis Unfold Podcast [October 2020]
  • Warming oceans could mean bad news for oyster aquaculture | UC Davis Coastal & Marine Science Institute [August 2020]

  • Collaborators

  • Dr. Colleen Burge, Research Scientist Supervisor at California Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Sarah Nancollas, PhD Candidate in Animal Biology, Todgham Lab
  • Tenzing Sherpa, Santa Rosa Junior College-BML Intern & Undergraduate Student at UC Berkeley
  • Hog Island Oyster Company
  • Bodega Bay Oyster Company
  • Tomales Bay Oyster Company

  • Funding

  • UC Davis Dissertation Year Fellowship
  • California Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellowship
  • National Science Foundation Sustainable Oceans Research Traineeship
  • Graduate Group in Ecology Fellowship
  • Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowship at Bodega Marine Lab
  • Dennis and Patricia Salisbury Graduate Student Award
  • Jastro & Shields Graduate Research Award