SEA Days: Wonders of the Mangroves

Name: Leticia Maria Cavole
Hometown: Brazil, Sao Paulo State
City: Barretos
Schooling Background:
Bachelors of Science in Oceanography, and Masters of science in Biological Oceanography (back in Brazil at the Federal University of Rio Grande), and currently a 3rd year PhD student in Marine Biology (Scripps Institution of Oceanography).

Where do you focus your research? I work mainly inside mangroves with the yellow snapper : Lutjanus argentiventris
One word to describe a characteristic a scientist must have: Perseverance.

Fish Egg Identification, Copyright: Gulf Program

How does your research affect a person’s everyday life?
I am trying to understand how the temperature of the water affects fishes’ babies in their nurseries. I think my research could potentially have ramifications for those people who depend directly on fisheries resources or even for the city consumers. If a warmer planet affects the fish development, it may decrease fishery landings and affect the livelihood of coastal communities.
How did you decide to work on this particular issue?
I am interested in understanding how the environment conditions (mainly temperature and oxygen levels) may affect the ocean life, because I believe we are changing the baseline conditions of the ocean in a very rapid rate.
How do you predict the story of our ocean will change in the future?
I am optimistic and I think that with the increase of technology, the general public will be able to see and understand better the subtle connections among the marine life, and the climate interactions between land, atmosphere and the ocean. If the beauty of the ocean is accessible and the implications of our behavior are clearer and well documented, I believe humans will be more responsible and better consumers on a day to day basis.

Join us on November 18th for SEA Days, and don’t miss meeting Scientist Cavole in person!!