Ernesto Casillas

Spatial and Temporal Variation in Ostrea lurida larval settlement in Newport Bay, CA

I am an undergraduate Biological Science major at CSUF and a research fellow in the Southern California Ecosystems Research Program, an NSF-UMEB funded undergraduate training program. I have worked as the lead researcher on a project that studies the long-term spatial and temporal variation in larval settlement of the estuarine Olympia oyster, Ostrea lurida, the only oyster species native to the west coast of the United States.

Metal uptake into body tissues and calcified structures of the marine gastropod, Kelletia kelletii

I am now in the process of developing my own multidisciplinary SCERP project that will incorporate ecology, physiology and genetics to study how metals are transported and sequestered within various body organs of the marine gastropod Kelletia kelletii. After I complete my B.S., I plan on attending graduate school to receive my PhD.



 Recent settler of the Olympia oyster, Ostrea lurida. This species can be found in bays and estuaries throughout southern California, and ranges from Baja to Alaska.
 Kellet's whelk, Kelletia kelletii, is a ubiquitous member of southern California's kelp forest community and has been the focal organism of many studies in the Zacherl lab.