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[vc_row][vc_column][mkd_section_title title="Collectively the PIER team has several projects that focus on the movements, physiology, ecology and fishery development for swordfish off the California coast." title_size="medium" title_color="" title_text_align="" margin_bottom="" width=""][mkd_tabs style="vertical_with_text" navigation_width="small"][mkd_tab icon_pack="font_awesome" fa_icon="" tab_title="Physiology"][vc_column_text] Heat conservation, vascular specialization and muscle function. Collaborative researchers: Diego Bernal, Ph.D. (University of Mass., Dartmouth) Ashley Stoer, doctoral candidate (UMD) Jeanine Sepulveda, PhD (MiraCosta College) Doug Syme, PhD (University of Calgary) PIER researchers are collaboratively working with several laboratories to investigate several aspects of swordfish physiology.  Given the PIER teams access to live swordfish, ongoing studies range from examining heat balance and vascular specialization to the effects of temperature on muscle performance. Thermal Studies This work uses a...