Shawn C. Acuña

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The presence of the toxic cyanobacterium Microcystis in the upper San Francisco Estuary (SFE) since 1999 is a potential but to date an unquantified threat to the health and survival of aquatic organisms, such as fish and zooplankton. The microcystins (MCs) predominantly in the LR-form (MC-LR) contained in Microcystis is hepatotoxic and a potential threat to(More)
The presence of the toxic cyanobacterium Microcystis in the upper San Francisco Estuary (SFE) since 1999 is a potential but unquantified threat to the health and survival of aquatic organisms such as fish and zooplankton. The microcystins (MCs) predominantly in the LR-form (MC-LR) produced by Microcystis is hepatotoxic and a potential threat to the fishery.(More)
The abundance of Delta Smelt (Hypomesus transpacificus), a fish species endemic to the upper San Francisco Estuary (SFE), is declining. Several causes for the population decline have been proposed, including food limitation and contaminant effects. Here, using juvenile Delta Smelt collected from throughout their range, we measured a suite of indices across(More)
Delta Smelt is a pelagic annual fish species endemic to the San Francisco Estuary, which is protected under U.S. Federal and California State Endangered Acts. In this study we established criteria for scoring Delta Smelt maturity based on the histological features in ovary, as well as measurements of the female sex hormone 17β-estradiol (E2) from liver(More)
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