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