Graduate Students

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 molluscs using oyster larvae as a model system. His VIMS/SMS dissertation studies were designed to specifically examine a) abundance of late-stage larvae in the plankton, b) the relationship between larval abundance and settlement, and c) mortality immediately following settlement.

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 and behavior of the Cownose Ray,  Rhinoptera bonasus, in Lower Chesapeake Bay for his Ph.D. (Deceased)

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.

Carollyn Cox, 1988, examined seasonal changes in the fecundity of oysters from four oyster reefs in the James River, Virginia as part of her VIMS/SMS M.A. thesis.

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 sidescan sonar

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 venosa and Urosalpinx  cinerea  in relation to temperature and salinity for a VIMS/SMS M.S. thesis.

Rebecca Green, 2001, M.S. Morphological variation of three populations of the Veined Rapa Whelk, Rapana venosa, an invasive predatory gastropod species.

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 a paralarvae.

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 active depth regulation.

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 magellanicus for his VIMS/SMS Ph.D. dissertation.

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 reproductive output of the veined rapa whelk (Rapana venosa) in the Chesapeake Bay.

Erica Westcott, 2001, M.S. Seasonal reproductive activity of the invading gastropod Rapana venosa in the Chesapeake Bay