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About the Wasson Lab


We conduct conservation research in estuarine ecosystems.

 (Erika Mahoney/KAZU)

We work at the interface between academic research and applied conservation practice. All Wasson lab members are affiliated both with University of California, Santa Cruz and with the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and we all carry out much of our fieldwork in coastal habitats of the Elkhorn Slough watershed.

Featured Story


Dr. Kerstin Wasson is leading a collaborative effort (ESNERR, Moss Landing Marine Labs, Sonoma State University) exploring the potential of aquaculture as a way to restore native oyster populations.

(Erika Mahoney/KAZU)
(Erika Mahoney/KAZU)

The story was featured on KAZU’s the California Report.

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To learn more about our primary study system–visit  our Elkhorn Slough page.

To find out more about the research being conducted by Wasson Lab students visit–People page.