Early Life History

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Most species produce large numbers of eggs and larvae that spend days, weeks, months, or even years at sea drifting with currents. Eventually the larvae settle into nursery areas and enter the juvenile stage. Juveniles mature into adults and reproduce to continue the life cycle of fishes.

The entire life cycle process is very dynamic and complex with various factors influencing each stage of development.

We study the ecology and the influence of oceanographic processes on the early life history of fishes.

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