Molluscan Ecology Graduate Students
Shirley Baker, 1994, examined the effects of low oxygen concentrations on settlement, metamorphosis, and feeding behavior during settlement by oyster larvae as part of her VIMS/SMS doctoral dissertation.
Patrick Baker, 1994, investigated the settlement behavior of bivalve
Ian Bartol, 1995, examined oyster recruitment patterns in relation to spatial and temporal variables as part of his VIMS/SMS M.S. thesis project and then the distribution, swimming physiology, and swimming mechanics of the brief squid for his Ph. D. Link to subsequent publications
Robert A. (Ben) Blaylock, 1992, determined the distribution, abundance
Sandra Brooke, 1996, completed a comparison of natural and laboratory diets for the culture of oyster larvae as well as queen and milk conch, two tropical gastropod species for her VIMS/SMS M.A. thesis project.
Bernadita Campos (Maia), 1988, examined the swimming behavior of three different species of bivalve veligers including oyster larvae in relation to salinity gradients as part of her VIMS/SMS M.A. thesis work.
Laura Castell Perez, 1991, used the fluorescent dye Nile Red and fluorescence microscopy to quantify lipid content of healthy and stressed individual oyster larvae Crassostrea virginica as part of her VIMS/SMS M.A. thesis project.
Elizabeth Darrow, 2004, (co-chair with Dr. Mark Luckenbach). M.S. Ecological energetics of the hard clam.
Daniel Doolittle, 2003, (co-chair with Dr. Mark Patterson). M.S. Development of a method for the identification and quantification of biological targets detected by
David Eggleston, 1988, described the predator-prey dynamics between the blue crab and juvenile oysters as part of his VIMS/SMS M.A. thesis work. See video of recent work in North Carolina.
Arminda Gensler, 2001, (co-chair with Dr. John Graves). M.S. Genetic Investigations of Interspecific and Intraspecific Relationships within the Genus Rapana.
Stefanie Gera, 2009, compared egg capsule hatching success in Rapana
Rebecca Green, 2001, M.S. Morphological variation of three populations of the Veined Rapa Whelk, Rapana
Juliana M. Harding, 2000, Ph.D. Ecological interactions between benthic oyster reef fishes and oysters.
Elizabeth Keane-Shea, 1995, M.A. (co-chair with Dr. Mike Vecchione, Systematics Laboratory, National Museum, Smithsonian.) The early life histories of three families of cephalopods, and an examination of the concept of
Kevin McCarthy, 1989, VIMS/SMS M.A. thesis examined the vertical distribution of oyster larvae in relation to salinity layers since larval Crassostrea virginica may be retained within estuaries by
Ellen Pafford, 1988, M.A. Distribution and taxonomy of endolithic algae occurring in the shells of Crassostrea virginica in the lower James River, Virginia
Adriana Picariello, 2006, examined the effects of coastal water temperatures on the ecology and growth rates of Atlantic surf clam (Spisula solidissima) populations in the Mid-Atlantic Bight for her VIMS/SMS M.S. thesis project.
Curtis Roegner, 1989, investigated the survival and growth of newly settled oysters in relation to tidal zonation during the first month of post-settlement life as part of his VIMS/SMS M.A. thesis.
David Rudders, 2010, (co-chair with Bill DuPaul, VIMS Professor Emeritus) incorporated industry based dredge surveys into the assessment of the sea scallop, Placopecten
Melissa Southworth, 1998, analyzed the recruitment, fecundity, and physical data as part of her VIMS/SMS M.S. thesis project.
Catherine Ware (Kilduff), 2002, M.S. Temporal and spatial variation in
Erica Westcott, 2001, M.S. Seasonal reproductive activity of the invading gastropod Rapana