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Coastal Studies Center

Summer 2014

Nineteen Bowdoin students have been awarded fellowships for coastal or marine faculty mentored research this summer. Students will give a research presentation in mid-July to other student researchers and faculty before enjoying a cookout at the Coastal Studies Farmhouse.

Research Projects


Lloyd Anderson, '16
Advisor: Michèle LaVigne, Award: Rusack Coastal Studies Fellowship
Project: An Assessment of pH and the Effects of Ocean Acidification in Phippsburg, Maine Clam Flats

Anna Bearman, '16
Advisor: Soren Eustis, Award: Doherty Coastal Studies Research Fellowship
Project: Characterization of Dissolved Organic Matter in Local Marine and Terrestrial Waters

Sabine Berzins, '16
Advisor: John Lichter, Award: Rusack Coastal Studies Fellowship
Project: Vulnerability of Soft-shell Clams and Eelgrass to Green Crab Invasion

Benjamin Eisenberg, ‘17
Advisor: David Carlon, Award: Faculty Student Research Fellowship
Project: Invasive Bryozoan and Ascidian Recruitment and Growth in Harpswell Sound, Maine

Samantha Garvey, '16
Advisor: Amy Johnson, Award: Doherty Coastal Research Fellowship
Project: A study of escape-response locomotion in Maine intertidal seastars: Asterias rubens and Asterias forbesi

Anna Hall, '15
Advisor: Phil Camill, Award: Freedman Summer Research Fellowship
Project: Investigating the effects of climate change on peatland C accumulation and fire dynamics in coastal Labrador, Canada

Tricia Hartley, '15
Advisor: Patsy Dickinson, Award: Doherty Coastal Studies Research Fellowship
Project: Does the neuropeptide GYS modulate stretch feedback pathways in the lobster cardiac neuromuscular system?

Amanda Howard, '15
Advisor: Elizabeth Stemmler, Award: Doherty Coastal Studies Research Fellowship
Project: Localization and post-translational modifications of crustacean AST-C peptides: a mass spectrometric study using the lobster, Homarus americanus

Sophia Janes, '16
Advisor: Patsy Dickinson, Award: Doherty Coastal Studies Research Fellowship
Project: Effects of a neuropeptide on the Nitrix Oxide pathway in the lobster cardiac system

Christine Jewett, '16
Advisor:  Patsy Dickinson, Award: Doherty Coastal Studies Research Fellowship
Project: Does the presence of modulators alter the ability of the American lobster heart to generate a stable output pattern over a range of temperatures?

Sasha Kramer, '16
Advisors: Collin Roesler,  Award: Doherty Coastal Studies Research Fellowship
Project: What is the relationship between nitrate concentration and phytoplankton blooms in Harpswell Sound, Maine ?

Jack Mitchell, '17
Advisor: David Carlon, Award: NSF Faculty Student Research on Computational Sustainability Fellowship
Project: Analysis of long-term trends in DNA barcoding sets from tropical marine zooplankton from the Hawaiian Islands

Bailey Moritz, '16
Advisor: Michèle LaVigne, Award: Rusack Coastal Studies Fellowship
Project: Effects of Alkalinity and Ocean Acidification on Clam Shell Development in Phippsburg, Maine

Schuyler Nardelli, '15
Advisor: Collin Roesler, Award: Rusack Coastal Studies Fellowship
Project: Using data from the LISST-100 to recreate phytoplankton size distribution and processes in Harpswell Sound, Maine

Xuan Qu, '17
Advisor: Patsy Dickinson, Award: Doherty Coastal Studies Research Fellowship
Project: Pyrokinin peptides' effect on the stomatogastric nervous system in the American lobster, Homarus americanus

Aidan Short, '15
Advisor: David Carlon, Award: Doherty Coastal Studies Research Fellowship
Project: What's for Dinner? A molecular analysis of the feeding habits of the green crab Carcinus maenus in Harpswell Sound, Maine

Brendan Soane, '16
Advisor: Amy Johnson, Award: Doherty Coastal Studies Research Fellowship
Project: Examining Up and Down Motions and Relative Podial Movements in Asterias rubens (common sea star)

Christine Walder, '15
Advisor: Damon Gannon and Amy Johnson, Award: Rusack Coastal Studies Fellowship
Project:Impact of Harvest Area of Ascophyllum nodosum (Rockweed) on Biodiversity

Jenna Watling, '16
Advisor: David Carlon, Award: Faculty Student Research Fellowship
Project: The evolutionary response of populations of the blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) populations to climate change