Yvette Garner

Zoology Program

College of Life Sciences and Agriculture

University of New Hampshire


I am coming to the University of New Hampshire from the University of Scranton in Scranton, PA where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Biology in May, 2008. I began to get academically involved in marine biology during the summer of 2006 when I received a University of Scranton President’s Fellowship for Summer Research, in which I traveled to the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology. During my time there I was looking at byssal thread production as a response to wave action by the California mussel, Mytilus californianus. It was also through a field course, Adaptations of Marine Animals, at OIMB that I became hooked on marine biology, specifically on invertebrates. The following summer I returned to Oregon to TA the course I had taken the previous summer and to continue with my byssal thread research.

Here at UNH, I am continuing with research on mussels, specifically with the blue mussel, Mytilus edulis, regarding aspects of biomechanics and ecology.

Mussel Movement Yvette Mussels YvetteMussels2


  • Garner YL, Litvaitis MK (2013) Effects of wave exposure, temperature, and epibiont fouling on byssal thread production and growth in the blue mussel, Mytilus edulis in the Gulf of Maine. J Exp Mar Biol Ecol 446: 52-56 (pdf)
  • Garner YL, Litvaitis MK (2013) Effects of injured conspecifics and predators on byssogenesis, attachment strength and movement in the bluemussel, Mytilus edulis. J Exp Mar Biol Ecol (in press)


Yvette in Monterey

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