About The Author

Stephen Tomasetti currently work as a Science Training & Research to Inform Decisions (STRIDE) Fellow at Stony Brook University, where he is pursuing his Ph.D. in Marine Science. current research interests include climate change stressors such as hypoxia and acidification and their impacts on larval ecology, reproductive biology, invertebrate physiology, and coastal community interactions.

Climate Change Stressors Threaten Blue Crab Populations

Billions of larval blue crabs, or zoeae, are spawned each year into the many estuaries and bays of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States. These tiny translucent animals, comparable in size to the tips of fine sewing needles, only faintly resemble adult blue crabs.  A small fraction of zoeae successfully navigate the