My name is Brianna Blaud, and I’m a master’s student in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington studying black abalone reproduction.  I’ve created this blog mainly because I am fascinated by black abalone and think they’re amazing creatures, and want to tell people about how this species, once abundant all along the west coast, almost disappeared from the planet, except for a tiny pocket in the Channel Islands. I’m interested in discovering why this tiny population managed to survive and in figuring out the details of their reproduction to see how they might one day rebound.  After I’ve filled everyone in on the background behind black abalone, their issues and my project, I will focus on writing about other studies being done on black abalone, and expand to include other species of abalone.  Thank you so much for checking out my blog, and I hope you enjoy!


One response

4 06 2013
Michael Kelly

Hi Brianna,

I found your blog yesterday. My wife and I are sending our second daughter to CSU Northridge to major in Marine Bio, she leaves this weekend. I was looking through pictures of red abalone on google images and happened to find your blog. I have read the recent posts with great interest. Anyhow, when you need $$ try applying for grants from the large corporations. I work for Intel and they have a huge budget for green initiatives and community grants for recycling and environmental restoration. They fund an employee group in Folsom Ca. to install and maintain bee hives, as does google. So try them for money . . . http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/corporate-responsibility/applying-for-grants.html

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