The Hobbs Laboratory in the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology at UC Davis is committed to providing the highest quality research using a variety of research tools to investigate anthropogenic impacts on fish and their ecosystems.

We specialize in otolith microstructure analysis for daily growth rates and otolith microchemistry with laser ablation inductively couple plasma mass spectrometry.

Our research projects span a wide range of topics pertaining to fish otoliths including growth histories, back-calculating hatch dates, determining natal origins of migratory species and detailed reconstructions of life history. In addition to otolith studies we also use other hard parts such as spinous fin rays and fish scales for aging and for microchemistry studies. We are experienced with chemistry marking studies for age validations and transgenerational marking of progeny with isotope doping.

News from the Lab

Hope everyone in the Hobbs Lab and beyond is enjoying the holiday season! Can’t wait to see what we can do with the upcoming year! ...

photo credit: Don RedFox

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Anyone working on the 26th or 27th? I'll be in town and would love to stop by the lab and see how everyone's doing! Possibly lunch? ...

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Jim Hobbs shared California State Coastal Conservancy's post to the group: HobbsLab @ UCD. ...

Native cordgrass is growing in the island ponds of the South Bay Salt Pond Project! Special shout out to Olofson Environmental, Inc. and the intrepid staff of the Invasive Spartina Project who are out mapping and treating invasive Spartina bay-wide this time of year. Yesterday’s early mapping results indicate substantial expansion of native Spartina foliosa in the island ponds since last year- providing new habitat for many species. The Coastal Conservancy and Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge appreciate the hard work of our many project partners and landowners working in all nine counties of SF Bay! To learn more about this project, visit: www.spartina.org/

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Jim Hobbs shared Dude Perfect's video to the group: HobbsLab @ UCD. ...

WARNING!!! In honor of fishing season, DON'T be one of these guys...

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