Summer 2016

Research Projects

Coastal Studies Summer research fellowships this summer included sixteen Bowdoin students, three students from the College of William and Mary, and a student from Barnard College. Summer projects included creating flood risk maps associated with sea level rise, research on the ecology and evolution of marine invertebrates, neurophysiology of crustaceans,  DNA barcoding of invasive green crabs, and the population dynamics and density of horseshoe crabs during breeding season on Cape Cod. Due to scheduling challenges we had a smaller summer research symposium than in past years with students and faculty gathering at the Coastal Studies Center farmhouse in July to discuss their summer. Graham Sherwood, research scientist at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, joined us and gave a presentation titled: A Fisheye View into our Changing Coastline. You can watch many of these presentations by following the links provided below. Final reports from many students are also available, along with abstracts contributed for these students who will participate in the President's Summer Research Symposium, scheduled on October 21, 2016.

Summer 2014 Fellows

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

Abdul-Latif Armiyaw '18
Adviser: Amy Johnson Award: Henry L. and Grace Doherty Coastal Studies Research Fellowship
Project: Influencing factors on the anisotropic mechanical response of cardiac muscles in Homaris Americanus (Lobster) Hearts
[ Presentation Video ] [ Abstract ] [Final Report ]

Garrett Carver '17
Advisers: Laura Toma and Eileen Johnson,
Award: Rusack Coastal Studies Fellowship
Project: Identifying Building Footprints in Aerial LiDar Data for Coastal Maine
[ Abstract ] [ Final Report ]

Hugh Cipparone '19
Adviser: David Carlon
Award: Rusack Coastal Studies Fellowship
Project: A DNA barcoding approach to green crab (Carinus maenas) consumers in the Gulf of Maine
[Presentation Video ] [ Abstract ] [ Final Report ]

Caroline Corban '17
Adviser: Elizabeth Stemmler
Award: Henry L. and Grace Doherty Coastal Studies Research Fellowship
Project: Characterization and quantification of molt-related hormones in crustaceans using mass spectrometry
[ Abstract ] [ Final Report ]

Nicholas Funnell '17
Adviser: Amy Johnson, Award: Rusack Coastal Studies Fellowship
Project: Population density and distribution of the Atlantic Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) during breeding season on Cape Cod
[ Presentation Video ] [ Abstract ] [ Final Report ]

Helen Gandler '17
Adviser: Patsy Dickinson, Award:Henry L. and Grace Doherty Coastal Studies Research Fellowship
Project: Differential responses to neuromodulator allatostatin-C (AST-C) in the central pattern generator (CPG) of the lobster, Homarus americanus, explored through transcriptomics
[ Abstract ] [ Final Report ]

Angus Gorman '18
Advisers: Laura Toma and Eileen Johnson, Award: Rusack Coastal Studies Fellowship
Project: Creating Flood Risk Maps with Sea Level Rise
[ Presentation Video ] [ Abstract ] [ Final Report ]

Scout Gregerson '18
Adviser: Patsy Dickinson, Award: Henry L. and Grace Doherty Coastal Studies Research Fellowship
Project: Modulatory effects of neuropeptides on the stomatogastric nervous system of Hyas araneus 
[ Abstract ] [ Final Report ]

Lydia Grote, College of William and Mary
Adviser: Jonathan Allen

Sarah Kingston
Doherty Marine Biology Post-Doctoral Scholar
[ Presentation Video ]

Catherine Liu '19
Adviser: Patsy Dickinson, Award: Henry L. and Grace Doherty Coastal Studies Fellowship
Project: Myosuppression's effect on the stretch-sensitive dendrite feedback system in the crustacean cardiac neuromuscular system
[ Final Report ]

Alana Luzzio, '17
Advisor: Ivy Ozmon, Maine Coastal Program, Dave Carlon and Sarah Kingston, Bowdoin, Award: Maine Mapping Initiative, Maine Coastal Program
Project: Assessing the genotypic variation in a population of bivalves from the Gulf of Maine
Presentation Video ] [ Abstract ]

Pieter Martino '17
Adviser: Sarah Kingston, Award: Student Faculty Summer Research Fellowship
Project: Linking stress phenotype of blue mussels to standing genetic variation amidst a changing climate
Presentation Video ] [ Abstract ]

Alexandra Miller '18
Adviser: Patsy Dickinson, Award: Henry L. and Grace Coastal Studies Research Fellowship
Project: Modulatory effects of neuropeptides on the stomatogastric nervous system of Hyas araneus
Presentation Video ] [ Abstract ] [ Final Report ]

Elizabeth Miller '18
Adviser: Patsy Dickinson and Amy Johnson, Award: Henry L. and Grace Coastal Studies Research Fellowship
Project: Do interneurons and motor neurons in the cardiac ganglion of Homaris americanus differ in their response to a neuropeptide?
[ Presentation Video ] [ Final Report ]

Xuan (Circle) Qu '17
Adviser: Patsy Dickinson, Award: Henry L and Grace Doherty Coastal Studies Research Fellowship
Project: Identification of stretch-sensitive ion channels in the American lobster, Homarus americanus using a physiological approach
[ Abstract ] [ Final Report ]

Emily Richardson, College of William and Mary, Masters
Adviser: Jonathan Allen
Project: Latent effects of larval feeding on seastar development and ecology

Kharis Schrage '17, College of William and Mary
Adviser: Jonathan Allen
Project: Hemichordate ecology and larval biology

Devlin Shea '18
Adviser: Patsy Dickinson, Award: Doherty Coastal Studies Research Fellowship
Project: Transcriptome analysis of neuropeptide receptor expression in the cardiac neuromuscular system of the American lobster
[ Abstract ] [ Final Report ]

Meredith Stanhope '18
Adviser: Patsy Dickinson, Award: Doherty Coastal Studies Research Fellowship
Project: Investigating the molecular underpinnings of peptidergic signaling in the cardiac ganglion of the American lobster, Homaris americanus through the in silicoanalysis of small cell and large cell transcriptomes
[Abstract] [ Final Report ]

Vanessa Van Deusen, Barnard College
Adviser: David Carlon, Award: Coastal Studies Center Research Grant Fellowship
Project: A DNA barcoding approach to green crab ()Carcinus maenas) consumers in the Gulf of Maine
[ Presentation Video ]

Patrick Walsh, '17
Adviser: Patsy Dickinson, Award: Henry L. and Grace Doherty Coastal Studies Fellowship
Project: Characterization of the mechanisms underlying the differing responses to the neuropeptide, C-AST, by the American lobster, H. Americanus, central pattern
[ Presentation Video ][ Abstract ] [ Final Report ]