Summer 2015

Research Projects

There was a diverse array of faculty mentored research projects underway this summer affiliated with the Coastal Studies Center. Sixteen Bowdoin students were joined by three students from the College of William and Mary working with Assistant Professor of Biology Jonathan Allen at the marine lab, and one student from Stony Brook University, under Scott Santagata’s direction. Scott is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Long Island University. High school student Patrick Friend joined John Lichter's research team working on restoration of fish habitat in local rivers.

Summer projects included mapping Maine’s seafloor, ecology and evolution of marine invertebrates, restoration ecology in the Gulf of Maine, neurophysiology of lobsters, a sociological/educational project with a rural Maine Island community, biomechanics of sea stars, evolutionary ecology, writing about the coast, and invasive green crabs. Students and faculty gathered at the Coastal Studies Center farmhouse on Thursday, July 23 to discuss their summer work with each other. You can watch many of these presentations by following the links provided below. Many final reports from students are also available.

Summer 2014 Fellows

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

Ivy Ozmon, Principal Scientist, and Emily Norton, NOAA Coastal Management Fellow, Maine Mapping Initiative, Maine Coastal Program
Presentation Video ]

Alana Luzzio '17, and Dana Bloch '17
Advisers: Ivy Ozmon and Emily Norton
Awards: Maine Mapping Initiative (Alana) and Cooke Environmental Research Fellowship (Dana)
Project: Maine Mapping Initiative
Presentation Video ]

Jonathan Allen, Assistant Professor of Biology, College of William and Mary
Presentation: Development plasticity in a variable environment: lessons from marine invertebrates
Presentation Video ]

Emily Harmon '16, College of William and Mary
Adviser: Jonathan Allen
Project: Predator-prey interactions on the coast of Maine
Presentation Video ] [ Final Report ]

Karina Brocco French '16, College of William and Mary
Adviser: Jonathan Allen
Project: Phenotype plasticity in juvenile echinoderms on the coast of Maine
Presentation Video ] [ Final Report ]

Stacy Trackenberg '16, College of William and Mary
Adviser: Jonathan Allen
Project: How do changes in egg provisioning influence larval and juvenile development in seastars?
Presentation Video ] [ Final Report ]

Sabine Berzins, '16
Advisor: John Lichter, Award: Rusack Coastal Studies Fellowship
Project: Restoration and recovery of eelgrass (Zostera marina) to green crab (Carcinus maenas) invasion
Presentation Video ] [ Final Report ]

Sam Mayne '16
Adviser: John Lichter, Award: Rusack Coastal Studies Fellowship
Project: Evaluation of sturgeon populations in the lower Kennebec and Androscoggin estuary
Presentation Video ] [ Final Report ]

Simonetta Harrison '16
Adviser: John Lichter, Award: Hughes Family Summer Research Fellowship
Project: Quantification of juvenile alewife, Alosa pseudoharengus, populations
Presentation Video ] [ Final Report ]

Patsy Dickinson, Professor of Natural Sciences, Biology and Neuroscience
Project: Generating flexible rhythmic movements in the lobster
Presentation Video ]

Jillian Burk '16
Adviser: Patsy Dickinson, Award: Doherty Coastal Studies Research Fellowship
Project: Permeability of the cardiac ganglion sheath to endogenous concentrations of neuropeptides in the American lobster, Homaris americanus
Presentation Video ] [ Final Report ]

Devlin Shea '18, Meredith Stanhope '18, and Megan Chi
Adviser: Patsy Dickinson, Award: Doherty Coastal Studies Research Fellowship
Project: Mechanisms underlying differential responses to neuropeptide allatostatin-C (AST-C) in the cardiac ganglion (CG) of the lobster, Homaris americanus
Presentation Video ] [ Final Report ]

Katelyn Suchyta '16
Adviser: Patsy Dickinson, Award: Doherty Coastal Studies Research Fellowship
Project: Mechanisms of stretch feedback and interactions with neuromodulators of the American lobster's cardiac ganglion
Presentation Video ] [ Final Report ]

Steve Cho '16
Adviser: Amy Johnson, Award: Doherty Coastal Studies Research Fellowship
Project: The contribution of sarcomere length to the passive mechanical properties of cardiac muscles in the lobster Homarus americanus
Presentation Video ] [ Final Report ]

Kendra Novak '16, and Do Yeum Kim '18
Adviser: Amy Johnson, Award: Doherty Coastal Studies Research Fellowship
Project: Characterization of the locomotion of Asterias forbesi based on body size
Presentation Video ] [ Final Report ]

Abby Roy '16
Adviser: Charles Dorn, Award: Rusack Coastal Studies Fellowship
Project: Thinking about College in a Coastal, Rural Community
Presentation Video ] [ Final Report ]

Sarah Kingston, Doherty Marine Biology Postdoctoral Scholar
Presentation: Linking genotype and phenotype in a changing ocean: population genomics of the blue mussel in the Gulf of Maine
Presentation Video ]

Pieter Martino '17
Advisers: David Carlon, and Sarah Kingston, Award: Biology Life Science
Project: Linking stress phenotype of blue mussels to standing genetic variation amidst a changing climate
Presentation Video ] [ Final Report ]

Robert Barron '17
Adviser: David Carlon, Award: Doherty Coastal Studies Research Fellowship
Project: Mapping a parrotfish hybrid swarm: the world's largest hybrid zone
[ Presentation Video ] [ Final Report ]

Charlotte Rutty '16
Adviser: Clark Brock, Award: Rusack Coastal Studies Fellowship
Project: Sardines: A Novella
[ Presentation Video ] [ Final Report ]

Scott Santagata, Assistant Professor of Biology, Long Island University
Presentation: Experimental demonstration of the regulative developmental properties and phototactic abilities of ectoproct embryos and larvae
[ Presentation Video ]

Weijia Lu, Stony Brook University
Adviser: Scott Santagata
Project: Larval development and settlement of the bryozoan Membranipora membranacea
[ Presentation Video ] [Final Report ]

Erin Voss '16
Adviser: David Carlon, Award: Freedman Coastal Studies Fellowship
Project: Examining the hybrid zone between two subspecies of invasive green crab in Harpswell Sound
[ Presentation Video ] [ Final Report ]

Patrick Friend, Volunteer intern
Adviser: John Lichter
Project: The Migration of American Shad (Alosa sapidissima) in the Tidal Androscoggin River
Presentation Video ]