Maelle Cornic

My research interests are focused on the importance of factors influencing the growth and survival of pelagic fish larvae to better understand the causes of recruitment variability. For my PhD, I am studying the early life ecology of tuna (genus Thunnus) in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The aim of this research is to determine the relative value of this region as a spawning and nursery habitat for tuna and the influence of oceanographic conditions on the distribution and abundance of tuna larvae. I am working with Dr. Jay Rooker and I will assist the DEEPEND project by participating in the ichthyoplankton cruises and identifying larval fish using visual and molecular methods.