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Coastal Studies Center

Summer 2014

Nineteen Bowdoin students received fellowships for coastal or marine faculty mentored research this summer. The Coastal Studies Center hosted a research symposium on July 14 where most of the students and many faculty advisors gave research talks. Emily Tucker '15 and Biology Professor Nat Wheelwright joined the symposium and shared their research findings with the group. Many of these talks are available as videos below.

Research Projects

Summer 2014 Fellows

Dave Carlon, Associate Professor of Biology and Director of Bowdoin Coastal Studies Center
Welcome and research remarks
[ presentation video ]

Sarah Kingston, Doherty Marine Biology Postdoctoral Scholar
Project: Genotype and phenotype in a changing ocean, how much is standing genetic variation influencing mussel populations’ reaction to ocean acidification?
[ presentation video ]

Michèle LaVigne, Assistant Professor, Earth & Oceanographic Science
Project: Acidification Research on Maine Clam Flats: A Partnership between Bowdoin and the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust
[ presentation video ]

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
[ presentation video ]

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
[ presentation video ]

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
[ presentation video ]

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?
[ presentation video ]

Nora Hefner, 16
Advisor: John Lichter, Award: Cooke Fellowship
Project: GIS analysis of the Historical Ecology of Gulf of Maine Cod Fisheries
[ presentation video ]

John Lichter, Professor of Biology & Environmental Studies (ES), ES Program Director Project: Ecological Recovery of Maine Waterways and Coastal Fisheries
[ presentation video ]

Amanda Howard, '15
Advisor: Elizabeth Stemmler, Award: Doherty Coastal Studies Research Fellowship
Project: Quantification and Characterization of AST-C Peptides in Homarus americanus Using Mass Spectrometry
[ presentation video ]

Sophie Janes, '16
Advisor: Patsy Dickinson, Award: Doherty Coastal Studies Research Fellowship
Project: Does nitric oxide alter the modulation stretch feedback pathways in the lobster cardiac nueromuscular system?
[ presentation video ]

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?
[ presentation video ]

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
[ presentation video ]

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
[ presentation video ]

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 (Circle) 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
[ presentation video ]

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
[ presentation video ]

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)

Emily Tucker, '15
Advisor: Phil Camill, Award: Hughes Fellowship
Project: Effects of Climate Flucuations in Labrador on Indigenous Populations, 8,000 BCE-present

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

Nathaniel Wheelwright, Professor of Biology
Project: The effect of trait and strength of selection on heritability and evolvability in an island bird population
[ presentation video ]