Kelsie Miller, MS Student

Biological Sciences: Marine Biology - MS Kelsie Miller, MS Student

Dr. David Berlinsky

The impact of stress on black sea bass sex differentiation

My research is focused on examining how stress and the stress hormone, cortisol, impacts sex differentiation in black sea bass (Centropristis striata). Black sea bass are popular recreational and commercial marine species whose culture has been hindered  due to the rapid, unnatural sex change that occurs when these fish are placed into an aquaculture facility.

Understanding sex differentiation mechanisms can be applied to try to understand similar physiological mechanisms associated with the sex change in this species. This research will provide insight into how stress impacts the sex differentiation of juvenile black sea bass with a specific focus on aquaculture, although the research can be applied to environmental changes as well.