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dc.contributor.author Miller, Luke P.
dc.contributor.author Dowd, W. Wesley
dc.coverage.spatial 36.6217°N
dc.coverage.spatial 121.9043°W
dc.coverage.spatial Pacific Grove CA
dc.coverage.temporal Holocene
dc.date.accessioned 2019-07-11T19:44:33Z
dc.date.available 2019-07-11T19:44:33Z
dc.date.issued 2019-07-11
dc.identifier doi:10.5061/dryad.5270k42
dc.identifier.citation Miller LP, Dowd WW. (2019) Repeatable patterns of small-scale spatial variation in intertidal mussel beds and their implications for responses to climate change. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology.
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10255/dryad.221451
dc.description The interaction of ocean conditions and weather with small-scale physical features of a habitat can have profound effects on the experiences of individual organisms. On topographically complex shorelines, and particularly within dense aggregations of organisms such as mussel beds, a mosaic of environmental conditions can develop, and the resulting variation in conditions within the aggregation could drastically alter the performance of neighboring individuals. Using a suite of sensors mounted to individual Mytilus californianus mussels over two summer field deployments, we have characterized the temperature variation and valve gaping behavior differences found at two spatial scales: within a group separated by centimeters, and between groups of mussels located at the upper and lower extents of the natural mussel zone separated by meters. While temperature conditions near the lower edge of the mussel bed were generally more benign, temperature extremes were similar at both heights in the bed, and variation in body temperature among neighbors increased as the daily mean temperature increased. These patterns were similar across years despite a 3.8°C difference in mean air and seawater temperatures between years. Gaping behavior was also highly variable among individuals, though that variability diminished at the high end of the mussel bed where the total time mussels spent submerged was much more constrained. These data indicate that an individual mussel’s physiological status and past history can be drastically different than those of its nearby neighbors, complicating our ability to characterize representative conditions within a habitat. These observations also provide for the possibility that the impacts of future climate change will be highly specific to certain individuals based on their relative exposure or protection within the mosaic. To address such possibilities, future work must examine the correlation between genotypic and physiological traits that determine performance and individuals' unique experiences in their disparate micro-environments.
dc.relation.haspart doi:10.5061/dryad.5270k42/1
dc.relation.isreferencedby doi:10.1016/j.cbpa.2019.06.016
dc.subject thermal stress
dc.subject environmental variation
dc.subject intertidal zone
dc.subject gaping behavior
dc.title Data from: Repeatable patterns of small-scale spatial variation in intertidal mussel beds and their implications for responses to climate change
dc.type Article
dwc.ScientificName Mytilus californianus
dc.contributor.correspondingAuthor Miller, Luke P.
prism.publicationName Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
dryad.fundingEntity 1256186, 1655822, 1904184, 1904185@National Science Foundation (United States)

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