Broadly speaking, my research focuses on the interplay between marine invertebrate larvae and the ocean, and how these interactions have shaped larvae as we know them to be. I then apply this foundation to mechanisms by which larvae use the ocean to maximize survival to the benthos. A subset of these endeavors explores larvae as dynamic holobionts; this is currently where my efforts are.
Current projects include describing and characterizing the microbiome of various sea urchin larvae, such as Lytechinus variegatus and several Strongylocentrotids, throughout development and in response to biotic factors. These projects are currently funded by the North Carolina Sea Grant (Reitzel and Carrier, co-PIs) and Sigma Xi (Carrier, PI).
More, including additional (past and present) projects, can be found on my personal page, and publications can be found either on my ResearchGate and/or Google Scholar profiles with citations below.
Oulhen, N, A Heyland, TJ Carrier, V Zazueta-Novoa, T Fresques, J Laird, T Onorato, DA Janies, & GM Wessel. (2016) Regeneration in bipinnaria larvae of the bat star Patiria miniata induces rapid and broad new gene expression. Mechanisms of Development 142: 10-21.
Carrier, TJ, SD Eddy & S Redmond. (2016) Solar-dried kelp as potential feed in sea urchin aquaculture. Aquaculture International: doi:10.1007/s10499-016-0033-x.
Oulhen, N, BJ Schulz, & TJ Carrier (2016) English translation of Heinrich Anton de Bary's 1878 speech, 'Die Erscheinung der Symbiose' ('De la symbiose'). Symbiosis 69 (3): 131–139.
Carrier, TJ, BL King, & JA Coffman. (2015) Gene expression changes associated with the developmental plasticity of sea urchin larvae in response to food availability. Biological Bulletin 228 (3): 171–180.