Honors Projects

Pieter Martino (2017, Biology) Linking stress phenotype of blue mussels to standing genetic variation amidst a changing climate 

Aidan Coyle (2017, Biology) The north will rise again? The Canadian green crab invasion and the genetic and phenotypic consequences

Julia Maine (2016,Earth and Oceanographic Science) The bivalve breakdown: effect of calcite saturation state on the elemental composition of juvenile Eastern oyster shells

Sabine Berzins (2016, Biology) Impacts of eelgrass (Zostera marina) on pore-water sulfide concentrations in intertidal sediments of Casco Bay, Maine

Simonetta Harrison (2016, Biology) Juvenile alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus) production under different restoration scenarios in Maine's watersheds

Erin Voss (2016, Biology) Conflicting geography in mitochondrial and nuclear markers in a green crab hybrid zone in the Gulf of Maine

Emily Harmon (2016, Biology, College of William and Mary) Plasticity in egg placement in response to predator cues in the mud snail, Ilyanassa obsolete

Stacy Trackenberg (2016, Biology, College of William and Mary) Effects of Changes in Egg Size and Larval Food Supply on the Development of Two Species of Seastars

Sasha Kramer (2016, Earth and Oceanographic Science) Determining phytoplankton community structure from ocean color at the Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory (MVCO)

Christine Walder (2015, Biology) Making the cut: benthic community responses to rockweed (Ascophyllum nodosum) harvesting

Gabriella Serrato Marks (2015, Earth and Oceanographic Science) Ba/Ca ratios in North Pacific bamboo corals record changes in intermediate water chemistry

Mara Chin-Purcell (2014, Biology) Dendrites of cardiac ganglion regulate heartbeat of American lobster, Homarus americanus, through stretch feedback

Johnathan de Villier (2014, Biology) Progressive Effects of eastern dwarf mistletoe (Arcuthobium pusillum) parisitism on white spruce physiology in Maine coastal forests

Adam Eichenwald (2014, Biology) Changes in chiropteran community structure associated with the white-nose syndrome epidemic : evidence for competitive release?

Jonathan Held (2014, Government and Legal Studies and Environmental Studies) Boundary Organization Development as a Strategy for Androscoggin River System Recovery and Resilience

Claude Patrick Millet (2014, Biology) Submerged aquatic vegetation as habitat for American eels (Anguilla rostrata) in Merrymeeting Bay (ME, USA)

Elizabeth Owens (2014, Biology) The effects of temperature on the cardiac system of the American lobster, Homarus americanus 

Ryan Peabody (2014, Earth and Oceanographic Science) Coastal currents in the Gulf of Maine : a mechanism for algal bloom transport

Christine Rholl (2014, Biology) Predator responses to natural and artificial defensive displays of scaleworm Harmothoe imbricata

Anna Chase (2013, Biology) Effects of light on the settlement of marine fouling organisms in the Gulf of Maine

Julia Livermore (2013, Biology) Interspecific interactions between luminescent scale worms and their crustacean predators

Noelle Schoettle (2013, Biology) Foraging and prey availability for harbor porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) on the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States

Amy Marie Anderson (2012, Earth and Oceanographic Science) Measuring nutrient dynamics optically: towards an understanding of an in situ relationship of nitrate to phytoplankton

Maren Elise Askins (2012, Biology) Mark, release, and recapture of the green sea urchin Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis, allows growth comparisons under field and lab conditions

La'Shaye A. Ervin (2012, Biology) Proliferation of eastern dwarf mistletoe (Arceuthobium pusillum) infection in red spruce (Picea rubens) and white spruce (Picea glauca)

Alexandrea Leigh Fahey (2012, Biology) Effects of temperature and pH on skeletal growth, thickness and Ca++/Mg++ ratio in the green sea urchin Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis

Katherine Jane Townsend Guttenplan (2012, Biology) Temperature and size dependent growth in Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis: peak growth rates shift to lower temperatures with increasing size 

Catherine Kelley Johnston (2012, Biology) Assessing ecosystem recover: vegetation cover andalosid diet in a recovering river system

Gina Lynn Lonati (2012, Biology) Simultaneous comparison of green sea urchin growth in the field and lab using fluorochrome markers

Tamara Rachele Perreault (2012, Biology) Predation response behavior of the luminescent scale worm Harmothoe imbricata

Matthew John Ramos (2012, Earth and Oceanographic Science) Dynamics of carbon export from Maine watersheds to the Gulf of Maine

Jacob Thomas Shorty (2012, Biology) Intertidal microhabitat selection of the rock gunnel (Pholis gunnellus) and its range along the U.S. Coast

Anirudh Sreekrishnan (2012, Neuroscience) Characterization of the effects of Pyrokinin peptides on the cardiac ganglion of Homaris americanus

Francis Armstrong (College of William and Mary, Biology, 2011) Environmental Induction of Twinning in Echinoids

Andrew M. Bell (2011) Habitat Fragmentation in Estuarine Ecosystems: Food Web Implications 

John Roger Brothers (2011) The Effects of Climate Change on the Growth and Calcification of the Green Sea Urchin, Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis

Rachel Katherine Eveleth (2011) Formation of elongated garnets in the Spring Point amphibolite, Harpswell, Maine

William Ludden Hatleberg (2011) The diversity and phylogenetics of marine siboglinid worms

Molly Anne Kwiatkowski (2011) The modulatory PS neurons use different neurotransmitters in different locations to coordinate motor patterns in the American lobster, Homarus americanus  

Laura Anne Newcomb (2011) The effects of climate change on the symbiosis and physiology of the temperate coral Astrangia poculata

Lisa Lenoble Walsh (2011) Distribution of Symbiodinium on a Florida Keys reef 

Connor White (College of William and Mary, Biology,  2011) The Trait Mediated Indirect Influences of the Blue Crab, Callinectes sapidus on the Foraging Behavior of the Atlantic Oyster Drill, Urosalpinx cinerea.

Caitlin Meehye Beach (2010) Envisioning an American ideal: masculinity and traditional work ethic in George Bellows paitings of Maine shipbuilding

Alexandra Lana Brasili (2010) Temperature, growth, and metabolism in the green sea urchin Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis

R.D. Gardner (California State University, Master Thesis, 2010) A time course analysis of stem cell activity following braininjury in the food-storing black-capped chickadee, Poecile atricapillus

Samuel James Hankinson (2010) Oceanographic and hydrologic effects on harmful algal blooms in Harpswell Sound, Maine

Danielle Elizabeth Marias (2010) Assessing light capture and photosynthesis in sun and shade Abies balsamea branches using a three-dimensional canopy model

Emily Louise Norton (2010) Mathematical modeling of underwater walking in the green crab, Carcinus maenas

Amanda Santoni (Randolph Macon, Biology, 2010) Predator induced platicisty inshell morphology of the mud snail Ilyanassa obsoleta

Elizabeth Eleanor Barton (2009) A physiology and mass sopectrometric investigation of orcokinin neuropeptide modifications

Alison Palmer Chase (2009) Spectral reflectance-based observations of diatoms and dinoflagellates in Harpswell Sound, Maine

Nicholas Eben Crawford (2009) Late-Quaternary sedimentation in Androscoggin Lake and its outlet delta, Leeds/Wayne, Maine

Adam Walker Hall (2009) Retention of phosphorus by sediments in Merrymeeting Bay

Alexa Rose Kaubris (2009) Soil carbon sequestration and turnover in a pine forest under elevated CO2

Jenna Brooke Lord (2009) Secondary structures of internal transcribed spacer I regionrRNA in symbiotic dinoflagellates

Wallace Scot McFarlane (2009) The limits of progress: Walter Lawrance and the shifting terrain of science, pollution, and environmental politics on Maine's Androscoggin River, 1941-1977

Michael Joseph Wolovick (2009) Density-driven subtidal circulation in eastern Casco Bay and its effects on Alexandrium blooms

Nicolas James Alcorn (2008) How do changes in parental investment influence larval development in Gulf of Maine echinoids?

Kathryn Michelle Anderson (2008) Comparing chemical structural induced defenses of Ascophyllum nodosum and Fucus vesiculosus in response to damage by herbivory and wave action,

Benjamin Morgan Stormo (2008) Effects of eastern dwarf mistletoe infection on the expression of senescene-related genes in host white pine, Honors, Biochemistry

Rebecca Selden (2007) Growth and Metabolism of the Green Sea Urchin, Strongylocentrotus droebachienis: Flow environments and predation pressure

Ben Lake (2007) The Influence of orientation and water velocity on the feeding behavior and metabolism of Semibalanus balanoids

Thomas Ward Buehrens (2007) Juvenile salmonid use of Whidbey Island's nearshore habitats in Admiralty Inlet and the Strait of Juan de Fuca

Lucy Van Hook (2006) The demography, nesting status and movement patterns of snapping turtles, Chelydra serpentine in Merrymeeting Bay

Kiersa Benson (2006) Growth and behavioral response of hard shell clam Mercenaria mercenaria in response to crab predation cues

Kate Mitterling (2006) Differences in hippocampus and septum volumes in storing and non-storing birds across seasons

Dan McGrath (2006) Spectral transmission of shortwave radiation through first-year Arctic sea ice and Maine lake ice

Deborah Schaeffer (2005) Restoring access to small boats through area management : a path to sustainability in the Gulf of Maine groundfishery

Molly Wright (2005) Growth and metabolism in the green sea urchin, Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis

Christina Souther (2005) Biogeochemistry of the Kennebec estuary

David Mortimer (2005) Seasonal Development of Oxygen Levels and Stability in Quahog Bay

Peter Stranges (2005) Boundary layer fluid dynamics effects on oxygen metabolism and growth rates in green sea urchins, Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis

Benjamin Chan (2005) Exploring tensile attributes of mutable collagenous tissue in Eucidaris tribuloides spines with respect to muscle and ligament properties

E.W. Grason (2004) Influence of an invasive bryozoan on Onchidoris muricata prey selection in the Gulf of Maine

Julie Grinvalsky (2004) Plant community dynamics in Merrymeeting Bay

Lynne Davis (2004) An analysis of diet, spine length, competition and mutable collagenous tissues as indicators of somatic and gonadal growth in the green sea urchin, Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis

Sarah Fick (2004) Scientific and educational approaches to invasive species: a case study on the soft-shell clam in Maine

Daniel Abraham (2004) A radiochemical tracer study of submarine groundwater discharge at Maquoit Bay, Falmouth, Massachusetts and Quahog Bay, Harpswell, Maine

Kurt Jendrek (2004) Bedrock controls on submarine groundwater discharge in eastern Casco Bay, Maine

Kurt Martin (2004) Complex Surface and Groundwater Interaction in a Small Watershed, Orr's Island, Mid coast Maine

Nissa Lohrmann (2003) Seasonal acclimation of antioxidants in two co-occuring red algae with differing cold tolerance

Tim Pasakarnis (2003) Ecological recovery of Merrymeeting Bay : changing sediment chemistry and wild rice dynamic

Edward Sweeney (2003) Glaciomarine sediments beneath eastern Casco Bay, Mid-coast Maine

Laura Windecker (2003) Mechanisms of size-specific growth in the sea urchin, Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis

Kara Podkaminer (2003) Hydrodynamic benefits of schooling as measured by tail beat and opercular frequency in killifish

Elizabeth Bryson (2003) The effects of crab cues and clam density on Mya arenaria: burrowing depth and resource allocation

Louis Plough (2003) The effects of green crab Carcinus maenas predatory cues on the burrowing depth and morphology of the soft shell clam Mya arenaria

Megan Lim (2003) Freshwater Salinity Anomalies in Harpswell Sound and Quahog bay

Anne Powell (2001) The combined effects of anaerobiosis and tributyltin on the energy metabolism of the blue mussel, Mytilus edulis

Select Independent Study Projects

Ferdinand Oberle (2002) Independent. Study, Geology

Alexander Rubins (2002) Mutational analysis of potential Npl3 methylation sites and roles in protein function, Independent Study, Geology

Jill Simonetti (2002) A comparative study of development patterns in three coastal communities: Barnstable County, MA; Cumberland County, ME; Currituck and Dare Counties, NC, Independent Study, Economics

Anjali Dotson (2002) Regulation of WAK gene expression in Arabidopsis thaliana, Independent Study in Biology