Mussels adapt to climate change due to genetic variation

Mark Bitter (PhD student, Ecology and Evolution) is the lead author on a study about mussels and their genetic makeup. Seawater pH levels are declining due to carbon emissions which could cause population decreases among aquatic species. The study found, however, that mussels are adapting more quickly to changing ocean pH levels because they already have variations in their genetic makeup that allow them to adapt. 

Learn more about his research at The Forefront.

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