Joseph J. Torres
Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara, 1980
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My lab studies the physiology and ecology of pelagic species. We are interested in a wide variety of taxa, including the crustaceans, gelatinous organisms, and fishes, and have focused on sizes from 2 mm on up to several cm. Our main concerns lie in how open-ocean species acquire and use energy and how they have adapted to the temperatures and oxygen levels that typify their habitat. Field work takes place aboard research vessels and our sampling includes multiple opening and closing nets and blue water SCUBA diving. Many of our physiological measurements are done on board ship; shipboard measurements are complemented by a suite of bioChemical analyses that are done in our home lab. Most recently, we have been a part of the Southern Ocean Global Ocean Ecosystems Dynamics program (SO-GLOBEC) that is examining the overwintering strategies of the Antarctic krill, Euphausia superba, on the western Antarctic Peninsula continental shelf.
Publications since Retirement
Metabolism of an Antarctic solitary coral, Flabellum impensum
Mitochondrial energetics of benthic and pelagic Antarctic teleosts
Assemblages of micronektonic fishes and invertebrates in a gradient of regional warming along the Western Antarctic Peninsula
Genetic differentiation in the ice-dependent fish Pleuragramma antarctica along the Antarctic Peninsula
Metabolism of gymnosomatous pteropods in waters of the western Antarctic Peninsula shelf during austral fall
Distribution of gymnosomatous pteropods in western Antarctic Peninsula shelf waters: influences of Southern Ocean water masses
Age, growth, and reproduction of the littlehead porgy, Calamus proridens, from the eastern Gulf of Mexico