By Julie Blaze
Odum School of Ecology UGA
"Barnacles are incredibly resilient organisms! They are subject to a multitude of stressors on a daily basis. From the heat and dessication stress of the sun to the threat of predation and intense wave energy, barnacles need to be extremely resilient to persist. They occupy a wide range of habitats from the rocky outer shores to slow backwater estuaries and are often found colonizing the hulls of ships and even growing on the backs of sea turtles and whales! I have always been fascinated by barnacles particularly their ability to adapt on the fly to new environmental conditions. Barnacles frequently alter the length and thickness of their feeding appendages to respond to wave energy and flow regimes. These incredible organisms inspire me and capture what I believe it means to be resilient."