Aidan Coyle ’17 Makes Green Crab Research Breakthrough

Small, nimble, and aggressive, European green crabs are ferocious invaders. Since they first arrived on the shores of the United States in the early 1800s, they have been wreaking havoc on marine ecosystems up and down the East Coast.

Scientists and conservationists have spent years trying to better understand how the crab adapts so well to new environments and continues to expand its territory. Now Aidan Coyle’s honors thesis is promising to add to that body of knowledge, contributing to an ongoing effort to solve a lingering crab mystery. The recently graduated senior spent his last year at Bowdoin looking for a link between the crab’s cold hardiness and its genes. Read more in Bowdoin News.

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