Blue Crabs

We are collaborating with population geneticist, Dr Joe Neigel, University of Louisiana at Lafayette to investigate the effects of the Deepwater Horizon Oil spill on Blue crabs. Our Blue crab project is funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative.

Blue crabs, Callinectes sapidus, are one of the most economically and ecologically important species in the Gulf of Mexico. Population sizes fluctuate greatly from year to year for reasons currently unknown. We are currently investigating how larval dispersal changes during a year and from year to year and how population connectiv
ity was affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. This study includes field experiments, lab-based ecotoxicology experiments, mathematical modeling and development of a high-resolution particle-tracking model to simulate larval dispersal in the GOM.

Blue Crab Publications:

Chiasson, S.C., & C.M. Taylor. Effects of crude oil and oil/dispersant mixture on growth and expression of vitellogenin and hsp 90 in blue crab, Callinectes sapidus juveniles. (in press, Marine Pollution Bulletin)

Giltz, S. & C. M. Taylor. 2017. Sublethal toxicity of crude oil exposure in the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus, at two life history stages. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 98: 178-182 doi 10.1007/s00128-016-2000-7

Grey, E.K., S.C. Chiasson, V. Troeger, C.M. Taylor. Evaluation of Blue Crab, Callinectes sapidus, megalopal settlement and condition during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. 2015. PLoS ONE 10(8): e0135791. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0135791

Jones, B., Gyory, J., E. K. Grey, M. Bartlein, R. Nero, D.S. Ko, C.M. Taylor. 2015. Transport of blue crab larvae in the Northern Gulf of Mexico during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Marine Ecology Progress Series 527: 143-156 doi: 10.3354/meps11238

Post-doc Erin Grey collect blue crab megalopae at Chefs Pass, LA