MMES - Faculty Profiles
Areas: natural resource policy; sustainable NRM livelihoods; coupled social-ecological systems; computational social science; complexity, self-organization and social emergence; participation and community decision making.
Abstract of Research: My research strives to emphasize the paramount significance of multi and cross-disciplinary nature of scientific discovery, especially related to coupled human – natural systems of interaction. The study of human dimensions in natural resource management and policy involves understanding the volatile and deeply uncertain nature of human cognition, behavior and action. By the same token, indistinguishable involves embracing the complexity, nonlinearity and dynamic characteristics of interactions among the components of such coupled system. My past, current and future work moves along the following directions: (a) understanding the fundamental elements that shape, formulate and transform collective social cognition, behavior, and action; (b) making sense of complex patterns of interactions in a fundamentally multidimensional universe of real-world interactions, and; (c) understanding the role of multiplicity of scales in natural resource management and their role in livelihoods, wellbeing and social change in general. Finally, an integral dimension of my research integrates engagement, outreach and true participation at the local community and stakeholder level, in a co-research paradigm.
Personal Research Website: www.mindscribble.net
(For a recent list of publications, download my full CV here)
, Maru, Y., Davies, J., Box, P., and Hueneke, H. (2009). Constructing Semantic Knowledge Networks from the Ground Up: livelihoods and employment outcomes in Anmatjere region, central Australia. In Anderssen, R. S., Braddock, R. D. and Newham, L. T. H. (Eds.), 18th World IMACS Congress and MODSIM09 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (pp. 2819-2825). Cairns, Australia, 13-17 July 2009: Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand and International Association for Mathematics and Computers in Simulation.
Maru, Y., Alexandridis, K., and Perez, P. (2009). Taking 'participatory' in participatory modelling seriously. In Anderssen, R. S., Braddock, R. D. and Newham, L. T. H. (Eds.), 18th World IMACS Congress and MODSIM09 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (pp. 3011-3017). Cairns, Australia, 13-17 July 2009: Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand and International Association for Mathematics and Computers in Simulation.
Alexandridis, K. T., and Pijanowski, B. C. (2007). Assessing Multiagent Parcelization Performance in the MABEL Simulation Model Using Monte Carlo Replication Experiments. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, 34(2), 223-244.
Pijanowski, B. C., Alexandridis, K. T., and Müller, D. (2006). Modelling Urbanization Patterns in Two Diverse Regions of the World. Journal of Land Use Science, 1(2-4), 83 - 108.
Lei, Z., Pijanowski, B. C., and Alexandridis, K. T. (2005). Distributed Modeling Architecture of a Multi Agent-based Behavioral Economic Landscape (MABEL) Model. Simulation: Transactions of the Society for Modeling & Simulation International, 81(7), 503-515. URL:
Pijanowski, B. C., Shellito, B., Pithadia, S., and Alexandridis, K. (2002). Forecasting and assessing the impact of urban sprawl in coastal watersheds along eastern Lake Michigan. Lakes and Reservoirs: Research and Management, 7(3), 271-285.
Area: Coral reef ecology, marine disease dynamics
Abstract of Research: The long-term goal of my research is to link local and regional stressors to the processes that structure complex coral communities and understand how these translate to ecosystem functioning. To accomplish this goal, my research combines field-based ecological studies with advanced analytical techniques. This research includes conducting intensive field studies specifically targeted towards quantifying coral susceptibility and resistance to mortality-causing stressors, with a particular emphasis on the risk factors involved in coral disease incidence, severity and spread. I then use the results of these studies and data from established monitoring programs to parameterize empirically-based modeling tools used to understand how colony-level characteristics (e.g., growth rates) and impacts (e.g., mortality due to disease) translate to ecosystem-level dynamics, with the intent of identifying specific properties that maintain resilience in diverse coral communities.
- Brandt ME and JW McManus (2009) Dynamics and impact of the coral disease white plague: insights from a simulation model. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 87: 117-133.
- Brandt ME and JW McManus (2009) Disease incidence is related to bleaching extent in reef-building corals. Ecology 90 (10): 2859-2867.
- Brandt ME (2009) The effect of species and colony size on the bleaching response of reef-building corals in the Florida Keys during the 2005 mass bleaching event. Coral Reefs 28: 911-924.
- Correa A, Brandt ME, Smith TB, Thornhill D, and AC Baker (2009) Symbiodinium associations with diseased and healthy scleractinian corals. Coral Reefs 28(2): 437-448.
- Manzello DP, Brandt ME, Smith TB, Lirman D, and R Nemeth (2007) Hurricanes benefit bleached corals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104(29): 12035-12039.
- Brandt ME, Peters EC, and C. Quirolo (2007) Unusual lesions and growth anomalies encountered in Acropora palmata from two sites in the tropical western Atlantic. Reef Encounters 34: 30-32.
- Riegl B, Manfrino C, Hermoyan C, Brandt ME, and K. Hoshino (2003) Assessment of the coral reefs of the Turks and Caicos Islands (Part 1: stony corals and algae). Atoll Research Bulletin 496: 460-479.
- Hoshino K, Brandt ME, Manfrino C, Riegl B, and SCC Steiner (2003) Assessment of the coral reefs of the Turks and Caicos Islands (Part 2: fish communities). Atoll Research Bulletin 496: 480-499.
Area: Natural Resource Management
Abstract of Research: My education, knowledge, and experience in marine biology, ecology, and natural resources management in the IndoPacific, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean have been applied at the interface of science and management. The assessment and interpretation of individual and cumulative impacts of human development on the marine environment and the effectiveness of management tools, such as integrated coastal zone management, cumulative impact assessment, and marine protected areas, constitute past and current research interests. Environmentalism, the development of SCUBA technology, the creation of virtual networks of research collaborations through internet communication, and the ease of transport around the globe have opened up new directions and opportunities in teaching, research and public sensitization about the marine environment, the effects of human development, and global change. I am looking forward to make the most of these opportunities in academia through teaching, research, consultancy, administration, community service, and networking with the aim to make significant contributions to marine resource management, students' education and personal development, and local communities that support research and conservation initiatives.
- Dikou A. Ecotourism and Marine Protected Areas – A Critical Review. (2010) In Ecotourism: Management, Development and Impact, eds. A. Krause and E. Weir, Nova Science Publishers Inc., N.Y.
- Dikou A., Ackerman C., Banks C., Dempsey A., Fox M., Gins M., Hester P., Parnes A., Rohde J., Roach S., Spital C., Tapleshay M. and Thomas L. (2009). Ecological assessment to detect imminent change, Admiral Cockburn Land and Sea Marine Park, Turks and Caicos Islands. Marine Ecology 30: 425-436.
- Dikou A., Dinapoya V., Evaggelatou K., Lambrianidis E., and Troumbis A. (2008). Abiotic and biotic patterns across Mediterranean coastal wetland systems and their indicators, North East Aegean, Greece. Transitional Waters Bulletin 2(1): 13-30
- Oikonomou Z. and Dikou A. (2008). Integrating Conservation and Development at the National Marine Park of Alonnisos, Northern Sporades, Greece - Perception and Practice. Environmental Managemen 42(5): 847-866.
- Vo Anh-Thu E., Dikou A. and Newman S.P. (2008). Biological, socioeconomic, and political aspects of the Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus, Bloch) fishery in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The Harvard Undergraduate Research Journal 1(1): 80-87
- Dikou A. and Troumbis A. (2006). Diving tourism in North Aegean: Potential and prospects. Tourism in Marine Environments 3(2): 131-143.
- Dikou A. and van Woesik R. (2006). Survival under chronic stress from sediment load: Spatial patterns of coral reef communities in the southern islands of Singapore. Marine Pollution Bulletin 52: 7-21.
Area: Neurobiology, adaptive control of motor function
Abstract of Research: The Caribbean spiny lobster is capable of exploiting marine habitates ranging in temperature from 15 to 32¡ C. The intrinsic ability of animals to exploit ecological niches depends, in part, on the capacity of neural circuits to adaptively reconfigure patterns of output under environmentally relevant conditions. Controlled, repetitive movements such as walking, respiration, and chewing require underlying, rhythmic patterns of neural activity produced by neural circuits known as central pattern generators (CPG). Most CPG's reside within the central nervous system and are relatively difficult to access. The stomatogastric nervous system (STNS) of spiny lobsters is a perpherial system with multiple CPGs that can be isolated for study. The most distal central pattern generator within the isolated STNS is the pyloric CPG which resides within a single stomatogastric ganglion (STG). The pyloric CPG is the final control element for five groups of somatic muscle associated with food sorting and is comprised of approximately 14 neurons with well defined synaptic connections. Analysis of temperature effects on the pyloric CPG reveal multiple energetically distinct configurations controlling pyloric bursting. Our reseach focuses on molecular and cellular changes within the pyloric CPG and the ability of inputs from higher centers within the STNS to produce or control these energetically distinct configurations of the CPG as a function of temperature acclimation.
Area: Marine Biology - Biology of Higher Marine Vertebrates
Abstract of Research: My major professional achievements beyond teaching include publication of 11 peer-reviewed articles and 16 oral or poster presentations at national science conferences. The topic of these papers and presentations represent the wide range of my research interests and includes the measurement of tissue oxygenation in diving harbor seals, multi-photon microscopy and the use of fluorescent indicator dyes, to the occurrence and biology of Humpback Whales and Green and Hawksbill Sea Turtles in the US Virgin Islands. I have continue to be productive in my research whether working locally on sea turtles or taking UVI students to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to conduct research on cardiac physiology.
Marine Related Publications:
- Nutrient Transfer from Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) Nesting Activities at Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge, St Croix USVI. Poster presentation by Paul Jobsis and Clayton Pollock*. 2011 31st Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation. San Diego CA. USA
- Pilot Study Shows Success in Relocation of Leatherback Sea Turtle ( Dermochelys coriacea) Nests Above the Backshore Beach at Sandy Point National Wildlife Reserve, St Croix USVI. Poster presentation by Paul Jobsis and Clayton Pollock*. 2011 31st Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation. San Diego CA. USA
- Sea Turtle 101: Educating and Engaging a Local Community through an In-Water Sea Turtle Research Project at John Brewer’s Bay, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Oral Presentation. Kemit-Amon Lewis and Paul Jobsis. 2009 29th Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation. Brisbane, Australia.
- Jobsis PD, Ponganis P.J., Kooyman G.L. 2002. Effects of training on forced submersion responses in harbor Seals. J. Exp. Biol. 204, 3877-3885.
- Ponganis, P.J., Kooyman, G., Satoris, T., Jobsis, P. (1992). Pinniped splenic volumes. Am. J. Physiol. 262: R322-R325.
Area: Ichthyology, aquatic animal husbandry, functional morphology
Abstract of Research: Abstract of Research: My academic interests center on animal design and how that influences function in the environment. Current research projects include:
- A survey of biodiversity and water quality of freshwater habitats in St. Thomas, and how that varies with levels of human development in different watersheds. This USGS-WRRI funded project includes Renata Platenberg, Ph.D. (USVI Division of Fish & Wildlife) as a co-PI.
- A study of monogenean parasite loads in two sympatric surgeonfishes (Acanthuridae) in the Virgin Islands, and how that is influenced by habitat characteristics and habitat use. Our finding of variation in parasite loads in blue tang and ocean surgeonfish has led our research team (Paul Sikkel, Ph.D., currently at Murray State University; and Amber McCammon, B.S. Marine Biology, UVI) to further investigate differential susceptibility to parasite infection.
As the former Curator of Exhibits at Coral World Ocean Park (1997-2003), I still have a great interest in recreating appropriate natural habitats for aquatic organisms. I am currently working with Coral World on designing a new public exhibit that focuses on freshwater fishes and crustaceans in Virgin Islands watersheds. I am also designing an aquarium science curriculum for K-12 and undergraduate students, which will use a closed-system marine aquarium in the UVI MacLean Marine Science Center to investigate the integration of biology, math, chemistry, and other disciplines in the captive care of marine life.
- Nemeth, D., McCammon, A., Sikkel, P.C., and Williams Jr., E. H. (submitted 2006) Habitat/species differences in monogenean loads of free-living sympatric surgeonfishes (Acanthuridae) in the Virgin Islands, and a Redefinition of Neobenedenia melleni (MacCallum, 1927), Resurrecting Neobenedenia pargueraensis Dyer et al., 1992
- Nemeth, D. 2001. Champsodontidae. p. 3496-3497 In: FAO Identification Guide for Fishery Purposes: The living marine resources of theWestern Central Pacific. Vol. 6. Bony fishes part 4 (Labridae to Latimeriidae), estuarine crocodiles, sea turtles, sea snakes, and marine mammals. FAO, Rome.
- Nemeth, D.H. 1997. Modulation of buccal pressure during prey capture in Hexagrammos decagrammus (Teleostei: Hexagrammidae). J. exp. Biol. 200 (15): 2145-2154.
- Nemeth, D.H.1997. Modulation of attack behavior and its effect on feeding performance in a tropic generalist fish, Hexagrammos decagrammus. J. exp. Biol. 200 (15): 2155-2164.
- Nemeth, D. 1994. Systematics and Distribution of fishes of the family Champsodontidae (Teleostei, Perciformes), with descriptions of three new species. Copeia 1994(2): 347-371.
Area: Ecology and Management of Tropical Fisheries and Coral Reefs
Abstract of Research: One primary research area addresses the effectiveness of Marine Fishery Reserves as management tools for enhancing and protecting fishery and marine resources. Several studies focus on the effect of MPA's on fish assemblages inside and outside MPA's including measuring critical population parameters of grouper spawning aggregations such as breeding population density, size structure and sex ratios. Other areas of fishery related research include identifying essential fish habitats for reproduction and settlement of reef fishes, spatial and temporal variation in larval fish supply, settlement and post-settlement processes, and quantitative assessment of seagrass beds and mangrove lagoons as nursery habitats for fisheries production. The other primary area of research involves monitoring the effects of land development, sedimentation and water quality on coral abundance, diversity and condition. Large-scale assessments of coral reefs and associated fish assemblages have been conducted throughout the US and British Virgin Islands have helped to determine patterns in coral reefs.
- Roy A. Armstrong, Hanumant Singh, Juan Torres, Richard S. Nemeth, Ali Can, Chris Roman, Ryan Eustice, Lauren Riggs, Graciela Garcia-Moliner (2006) Characterizing the deep insular shelf coral reef habitat of the Hind Bank marine conservation district (US Virgin Islands) using the Seabed autonomous underwater vehicle. Continental Shelf Research 26: 194Ð205
- Nemeth, R.S., (2005) Linking larval history to juvenile demography in the bicolor damselfish Stegastes partitus (Perciformes: Pomacentridae). Int. J. Trop. Biol. 53 (Suppl. 1): 155-163.
- Nemeth, R.S., (2005) Population characteristics of a recovering US Virgin Islands red hind spawning aggregation following protection . Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 286: 81Ð97.
- Whiteman, E.A, C.A. Jennings, R.S. Nemeth, (2004) Sex structure and potential female fecundity in a Epinephelus guttatus spawning aggregation: applying ultrasonic imaging Journal of Fish Biology. 66, 983Ð995.
- Nemeth, R.S., A. Quandt, L. Requa, P. Rothenberger and M. Taylor. (2002). A rapid assessment of coral reefs in the Virgin Islands (Part 1: stony corals and algae). Atoll Res. Bull. (in press).
- Nemeth, R.S., L.D. Whaylen and C. Pattengill-Semmens. (2002). A rapid assessment of coral reefs in the Virgin Islands (Part 2: fishes). Atoll Res. Bull. (in press).
- Nemeth, R.S., and J. Sladek Nowlis. (2001) Monitoring the effects of land development on the near-shore reef environment. Bull. Mar. Sci. 69(2):759-775.
- Nemeth, R.S., (2000) The effects of sedimentation from coastal development on coral bleaching. Proceedings of the 6th Non-Point Source Pollution Conference. December 6-7, 2000. St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. Pp. 1-12.
- Nemeth, R.S., (1999) Monitoring Water Quality and Sedimentation from Land Development to Evaluate Best Management Practices. Proceedings of the 5th Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference. May 19 - 20, 1999 St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Pp. 1-11.
- Nemeth, R.S., (1998) The effect of natural variation in substrate architecture on the survival of juvenile bicolor damselfish. Environ. Biol. Fishes. 53:129-141.
- Tolimieri, N., P.F. Sale, R.S. Nemeth, K.B. Gestring. (1998) Replenishment of populations of Caribbean reef fishes: are spatial patterns of recruitment consistent through time? J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 230:55-71.
- Nemeth, R.S., (1997) Spatial patterns of bicolor damselfish populations in Jamaica and St. Croix are determined by similar post-settlement processes. Proc. 8th. Int. Coral Reef Symp.1:1017-1022
- Armstrong, D.A., P.A. Dinnel, J.M. Orensanz, J.L. Armstrong, T.L. McDonald, R.F. Cusimano, R.S. Nemeth, M.L. Landolt, J.R. Skalski, R.F. Lee, and R.J. Huggett. (1995) Status of selected bottomfish and crustacean species in Prince William Sound following the Exxon Valdez oil spill. P.G. Wells, J.N. Butler and J.S. Hughes, eds. In: Exxon Valdez oil spill: fate and effects in Alaskan waters. ASTM, Philadelphia. pp 485-547.
- Quinn, T.P., R.S. Nemeth, and D.O. McIsaac. (1991) Patterns of homing and straying by fall chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) in the Lower Columbia River. Trans. Am. Fish. Soc. 120:150-156.
Area: Sensory Ecology, Animal Behavior
Abstract of Research: My research interests center on the subject of sensory ecology in the marine environment. This field combines aspects of animal behavior, sensory physiology, and marine ecology. I am interested in how information available for animal decision making is affected by limitations of sensory structures and by limitations of the informational cues. As humans, we are visually oriented and not very reliant on our sense of smell. The marine environment is light-limited, and marine animals are bathed in chemicals. So to understand and appreciate their behavior, we cannot always use our visually oriented intuition. We may need to explore the roles of smell and taste in water. Much of my research of late has focused on the group forming behavior of spiny lobsters. Students in my classes have also developed small studies regarding chemical cues for sex change in hermaphroditic fish, as well as, chemical cues for spawning of common sea urchins.
Area: Evolutionary Biology
Abstract of Research: My general interests are in the evolution of biodiversity in marine organisms, particularly those that make up the coral reef community. My research focuses on using molecular tools to understand the evolution and population genetics of scleractinian corals, the animals that form the framework of coral reefs. I use molecular characters to test morphological hypotheses about higher level relationships (between genera and families) within the order Scleractinia. Most recently, in collaboration with colleagues, I have started using molecular characters to better understand the dynamics of coral disease.
- Romano, S.L. 1990. Long-term effects of interspecific aggression on growth of the reef-building corals Cyphastrea ocellina (Dana) and Pocillopora damicornis (Linnaeus). JEMBE 140:135-146
- Romano, S.L. and Palumbi, S.R. 1996. Evolution of scleractinian corals inferred from molecular systematics. Science 271: 640-642
- Fautin, D.G. and Romano, S.L. 1997. Cnidaria. In: The Tree of Life: A distributed Internet project containing information about phylogeny and biodiversity. Maddison, D.R. and W. P. Maddison. 1996. http://phylogeny.arizona.edu/tree/phylogeny.html
- Romano, S.L., and Cairns, S.D.. 2000. Molecular phylogenetic hypotheses for the evolution of scleractinian corals. Bulletin of Marine Science. 67:1043-1068
- Shearer, T.L., van Oppen, M.J.H., Romano, S.L. and Worheide, G.. 2002. Slow mitochondrial DNA sequence evolution in the Anthozoa (Cnidaria). Molecular Ecology 11:2475-2488
- Romano, S.L. and Stake, J.L.. 2007. Scleractinia. In: M. Daly et al. Phylum Cnidaria: A review of phylogenetic patterns and diversity 300 years after Linnaeus. Zootaxa 1668: 127-182
- Budd, A.F., Romano, S.L., Smith, N., and Barbeitos, M. 2010. Rethinking the Phylogeny of Scleractinian Corals: A Review of Morphologic and Molecular data. Integrative and Comparative Biology. doi:10.1093/icb/icq062
- Barbeitos, M.S., Romano, S.L., Lasker, H. 2010. Repeated loss of coloniality and symbiosis in scleractinian corals. Proceedings National Academy of Sciences. doi:10.1073/pnas.0914380107
- Palumbi, S.R., Vollmer, S. Romano, S.L., Oliver, T., Ladner, J. 2011. The role of genes in understanding the evolutionary ecology of reef-building corals. Evolutionary Ecology doi: 10.1007/s10682-011-9517-3
Area: Coral Reef Ecology
Abstract of Research: As a coral reef ecologist I am interested in the dynamics of reef populations, interactions between reef organisms and how these interactions are modified by physical forcing and man. As Coordinator for Research for the US Virgin Islands Coral Reef Monitoring Program I seek to conduct investigations and form collaborations which strengthen our understanding of the workings and fates of coral reefs both here and abroad. My current research focuses on the ecological effects of bleaching events, terrestrial input and upwelling. My approach is to conduct innovative research using a multidisciplinary approach combining reef monitoring, physical oceanography, watershed studies and statistically based experiments in an effort to identify the most critical factors increasing and allaying reef stress. This not only involves more accurate monitoring of factors potentially impacting reefs, but a better understanding of the detectible responses of reef organisms, i.e. bioindicators, and the meaning of these bioindicators to the trajectory and composition of reef communities over time. My desire is to continue both basic and applied ecological research that adds to our knowledge of reef systems and provides strategies for reef protection.
Area: Mathematical Biology
Abstract of Research: My background is in the areas of probability theory and functional analysis. My previous work was focused on stochastic processes, integration and measures in infinite dimensional vector spaces. I have spent the past three years building on my mathematical background to gain knowledge in the area of machine learning and computational science, in particular in its applications to location proteomics. I have extensive programming skills in matlab.
Current Research Projects: Proteomics, the study of proteins their structure and their function, is important in understanding the human body. The field of proteomics has the potential to advance medicine through a complete understanding of important interactions that help to keep our bodies healthy. The field of location proteomics seeks to understand protein structure and function by looking at the location pattern of individual proteins.
Novel ideas from optical flow theory and manifold learning techniques can provide new methods for the understanding of protein structure. When coupled with advances in location proteomics, these methods will advance the understanding of protein motion and the underlying structure of the topological space in which proteins reside. A thorough understanding of that topological space will be used for generative models or simulations. These generative models will also provide additional information for understanding protein structure.
The specific aims of this study are (i) to develop and test new numerical descriptors from time sequences of protein images and (ii) to use methods from manifold learning to understand the underlying structure of the space of protein images and develop generative models of the depiction of protein images. Optical flow calculations, a technique used to quantify motion in the field of computer vision, will be used to develop new descriptors based on protein motion in order to achieve the first aim. For the second aim, protein images are considered as high dimensional data that are sampled from a low dimensional manifold. Recent developments in the field of manifold learning, and nonlinear dimensionality reduction will be applied to protein images in order to understand this underlying manifold. This will then lead to applications for simulating protein images.
This research project will use mathematical and computational methods in order to bring new information to the field of proteomics.
Related Publication: “On Optical Flow of Fluorescent Microscope Protein Images”, Robert C Stolz, Camille A. McKayle, Robert Murphy, Elvira Garcia Osuna and Yanhua Hu, paper number (1014-92-1104), Abstracts of papers presented to the American Mathematical Society, Volume 27, Number 1, Issue 143, Section Mathematical Biology, Year 2006.
Area: Marine Ecology
Abstract of Research: I have two broad interests (1) sharing my enthusiasm for science with students, especially underrepresented minority students and women students and working to enhance student success, (2) conducting research to understand the processes of community organization and recovery from disturbance. I am the Director of two National Institutes of Health grants for minority student training, MARC and MBRS-RISE. I have worked in rocky intertidal areas, in Caribbean sea grass meadows, and coral reefs. I have studied ecological succession, the effects of artificial reefs, recovery from hurricanes, and feeding of coral reef and seagrass herbivores. Currently a UVI student is working with me studying the behavior of a sacoglossan gastropod, Tridachia crispata (italicize the name), a coral reef herbivore that may be a model system for neurophysiological research. I have taught: ecology, marine ecology, aquatic botany, coral reef biology, evolution, invertebrate zoology, and Caribbean: The Natural World.
- Menge, B., T.M. Farrell, A.M. Olsen, P. van Tamelen, and T. Turner. 1993. Algal recruitment and the maintenance of a plant mosaic in the low intertidal zone of the Oregon coast. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 170:91-116
- Turner, T. and J. Lucas. 1985. Differences and similarities in the community roles of three rocky intertidal surfgrasses. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 89:175-189.
- Turner, T. 1985. Stability of rocky intertidal surfgrass beds: persistence, preemption, and recovery. Ecology 66:83-92.
- Turner, T. 1983. Complexity of early and middle successional stages in a rocky intertidal surfgrass community. Oecologia 60:56-65.
- Turner, T. 1983. Facilitation as a successional mechanism is a rocky intertidal community. American Naturalist 121:729-738.
Area: Marine Ecology
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