Lusher_170411_0149About

As a fish physiologist, I am interested in understanding how anthropogenic stressors, such as climate change and capture, affect coastal fishes. Specifically, I am interested in studying how the cardiorespiratory systems of benthic elasmobranch and teleost fishes respond to acute and chronic acidosis and hypoxia.  I am also interested in how these systems respond to additional stressors, including hyperkalemia, temperature changes, and ocean acidification. I hope to broadly apply these mechanistic processes to the management process, helping refine our ability to ask meaningful questions and create effective fisheries regulations.

See below for specific projects I am currently working on.