Summer 2017, and 2016-2017 academic year

Research Projects

Coastal Studies research fellows this summer included sixteen Bowdoin students, two students from the College of William and Mary, and a student from Barnard College. Summer projects included projects such as, computation of flooding scenarios for the coast of Maine; salt marsh sediment dynamics; research on the ecology and evolution of marine invertebrates; neurophysiology of crustaceans;  population diet analysis, and population growth and decline of green crabs; and the spatial history of Portland Maine's working waterfront.

Ben Twining, Interim Executive Director, and senior research scientist at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, joined summer researchers for a research symposium on July 21, and gave a talk titled: Exploring the role of phytoplankton in climate change, one cell at a time

Summer 2017 Research Symposium

Corrine Alini '18
Advisors: Laura Toma and Eileen Johnson
Award: Rusack Coastal Studies Fellowship
Project: Efficient Computation of Flooding Scenarios for the Coast of Maine
[Final Report ]

Danielle Barnes, College of William and Mary
Advisor: Jonathan Allen, College of William and Mary
Project: Effects of Salinity on Sand Dollar Development

Robert Barron '17
Advisor: David Carlon
Award: Peter J. and Mary G. O'Connell Research Award (2016-2017 academic year)
Project: Mapping a parrotfish hybrid swarm: the world's largest hybrid zone?

Aidan Coyle '17
Advisor: David Carlon
Award: Bowdoin Research Award (2016-2017 academic year)
Project: Variation in cold tolerance of the European green crab along the eastern coast of North America

Thomas Diaz '18
Advisor: Patsy Dickinson
Award: Henry L. and Grace Doherty Coastal Studies Research Fellowship
Project: A Game of Operation: Investigating the Modulatory Effects of Myosuppressin Isoforms on the Homarus Cardiac Ganglia
[Final Report ]

Genesis Escalante '18
Advisor: Amy Johnson and Patsy Dickinson
Award: Henry L. and Grace Doherty Coastal Studies Research Fellowship
Project: The natural contraction amplitudes and stretches of the heart muscles of the American lobster
[Final Report ]

Gina Fickera '18
Advisor: Amy Johnson and Patsy Dickinson
Award: Henry L. and Grace Doherty Coastal Studies Research Fellowship
Project: The role of arteries and ligaments in providing elastic recoil of the heart of the American lobster
[Final Report ]

Jenny Ibsen '18
Advisor: Jill Pearlman
Award: Phocas Family Fellowship
Project: Mapping Portland's Working Waterfront: A Spatial History 
[Final Report ]

Satya Kent '19
Advisor: Peter Lea
Award: Rusack Coastal Studies Fellowship
Project: Sediment Dynamics and the Stability of Maine's Largest Salt Marsh
[Final Report ]

Alana Luzzio '17
Advisor: Sarah Kingston
Award: Edward E. Langbein Sr. Summer Fellowship
Project: Assessing links between genomic and environmental variation in a population of bivalves from the Gulf of Maine
[Final Report ]

Matthew Maguire '19
Advisor: Amy Johnson
Award: Henry L. and Grace Doherty Coastal Studies Research Fellowship
Project: Determining how differences in orientation and sarcomere length in lobster (Homarus americanus) cardiac muscles relate to passive and active mechanical properties of the heart
[Final Report ]

Pieter Martino '17
Advisor: Sarah Kingston
Award: Peter J. amd Mary G. O'Connell Research Award (2016-2017 academic year award)
Project: Linking stress pheontype of blue mussels to standing genetic variation amidst a changing climate

Alexandra Miller '18
Advisor: Patsy Dickinson
Award: Henry L. and Grace Doherty Coastal Studies Research Fellowship
Project: Comparing the relative modulation in the stomatogastric nervous system of related crab species
[Final Report ]

Maya Morduch-Toubman '18
Advisor: Sarah McMahon
Award: Rusack Coastal Studies Fellowship
Project: Stodies of Harpswell
[Final Report ]

Emily Oleisky '20
Advisor: Patsy Dickinson
Award: Henry L. and Grace Doherty Coastal Studies Research Fellowship
Project: Do motor neurons and pacemaker neurons of the lobster cardiac ganglion respond differently to peptide modulators that activate the whole ganglion?
[Final Report ]

John Pietro '18
Advisor: Amy Johnson
Award: Henry L. and Grace Doherty Coastal Studies Researvch Fellowship
Project: The effects of pressure on stroke volume and heart rate on Homarus americanus
[Final Report ]

Meera Prasad '19
Advisor: John Lichter
Award: Hughes Family Summer Research Fellowship
Project: Investigating the Migratory Patterns of American shad to Determine the Efficacy of the Brunswick-Topsham Dam's Fish Ladder in the Ecosystem Preservation of the Androscoggin River
[Final Report ]

Emily Richardson, College of William and May
Advisor: Jonathan Allen, College of William and Mary
Project: Latent effects of larval food environment on juvenile performance in sea stars

Madeline Schuldt '18
Advisor: Sarah Kingston
Award: Freedman Summer Research Fellowship in Coastal/Environmental Studies
Project: Disease on the Half-Shell: Prevalence and impact of the protistan pathogen MSX on oyster population health throughout the Gulf of Maine
[Final Report ]

Aleksia Silverman '19
Advisor: Brock Clarke
Award: Rusack Coastal Studies Fellowship
Project: Writing Fiction About the Maine Coast
[Final Report ]

Pauline Unietis '20
Advisor: David Carlon and Sarah Kingston
Award: Life Sciences Fellowship
Project: Is Bait on the Plate? Diet Analysis of Green Crabs in the Gulf of Maine
[Final Report ]

Vanessa Van Deusen, Barnard College
Advisor: David Carlon, Bowdoin College
Award: Studies Faculty Coastal Studies Research Grant Fellowship
Project: Investigating the Invasive Green Crab: Mechanisms of Population Growth and Decline