Age Determination, Demography and Climate Change

Given that biology of both species is temperature sensitive both are useful barometers of climate change impacts on Atlantic shelf dwelling species. Growth signatures in the valves of the clams provide tools to reconstruct both demographics of the populations, thus providing descriptions of temporal and spatial recruitment in addition to documenting trends that may be related to climate change impacts associated with gradual warming of the southern Mid Atlantic Bight. 

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