Molluscan Ecology: Graduate Student Theses & Dissertations

Molluscan Ecology graduate students are enrolled in the College of William and Mary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, School of Marine Science. Copies of their VIMS/SMS theses or dissertations are kept on file at both the VIMS Hargis Library and the College of William and Mary's SWEM library. In 1997, the School of Marine Science and the College of William and Mary changed the name of the master's degree earned by VIMS students from a Master of Arts degree to a Master of Science degree. The degree requirements, a combination of coursework and original, independent scientific research, did not change.

Baker, P.K. 1994 Quantification of settlement and recruitment processes in bivalve mollusks. Doctoral Dissertation, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 381 p.
Baker, S. 1994 Oyster (Crassostrea virginica) metamorphosis - Effects of low oxygen. Doctoral Dissertation, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA.
Bartol, I.K. 1995 Crassostrea virginica on constructed intertidal oyster reefs: Effects of tidal height and substrate level on settlement, growth and mortality. M.A. thesis, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA.
Bartol, I.K. 1999 Distribution, swimming physiology, and swimming mechanics of the brief squid, Lolliguncula brevis. Doctoral Dissertation, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA.
Blaylock, R.A.
1992 Distribution, abundance and behavior of the Cownose Ray, Rhinoptera bonasus, in Lower Chesapeake Bay. Doctoral Dissertation, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA.
Brooke, S.  
1996 A comparison of natural and laboratory diets for the culture of marine invertebrate larvae: American Oyster, Queen Conch, and Milk Conch. M.A. thesis, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA.
Campos (Maia), B.  
1988 Swimming response of larvae of three mactrid bivalves to different salinity gradients. M.A. thesis, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA.
Perez Castell, L.L.
1991 Evaluation of a technique to quantify lipids in bivalve larvae Crassostrea virginica Gmelin, using Nile Red and epiflourescence. M.A. thesis, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA.
Cox, C. 
1988 Seasonal changes in the fecundity of oysters Crassostrea virginica (Gmelin) from four oyster reefs in the James River, Virginia. M.A. thesis, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA.
Eggleston, D.  
1988 Predator-prey dynamics between the blue crab and juvenile oysters. M.A. thesis, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 222 p.
Gensler, A. 
2001 Genetic investigations of interspecific and intraspecific relationships within the genus Rapana. M.S. thesis, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA.
Gera, S. 2009 Egg capsule hatching success in Rapana venosa and Urosalpinx cinerea in relation to temperature and salinity. M.S. thesis, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA.
Green, R. 
2001 Morphological variation of three populations of the veined rapa whelk Rapana venosa, an invasive predatory gastropod species. M.S. thesis, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA.
Harding, J.M. 
2000 Ecological interactions between benthic oyster reef fishes and oysters. Doctoral Dissertation, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 187 p.
Jestel, E.A. 
2003 Imposex as an indicator of butyltin exposure in the veined rapa whelk (Rapana venosa): A Chesapeake Bay invader. M.S. thesis, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA.
Keane-Shea, E.
1995 The early life histories of three families of cephalopods, and an examination of the concept of a paralarvae. M.A. thesis, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA
McCarthy, K. 
1989 The influence of swimming behavior of larval Crassostrea virginica (Gmelin). M.A. thesis, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA
Pafford, E. 
1988 Distribution and taxonomy of endolithic algae occurring in the shells of Crassostrea virginica in the lower James River, Virginia. M.A. thesis, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA.
Picariello, A.
2006 The effects of climate change on the population ecology of the Atlantic surf clam, Spisula solidissima, in the Middle Atlantic Bight. M.S. thesis, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 169 p.
Roegner, G.C.
1989 Early recruitment and growth of juvenile Crassostrea virginica (Gmelin) with respect to tidal zonation and season. M.A. thesis, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 145 p.
Southworth, M.J.
1998 Oyster reef broodstock enhancement in the Great Wicomico River, Virginia. M.S. thesis, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 95 p.
Ware, C (Kilduff)
2002 Temporal and spatial variation in reproductive output of the veined rapa whelk (Rapana venosa) in the Chesapeake Bay. M.S. thesis, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA.
Westcott, E.
2001 A descriptive study of the reproductive biology of the veined rapa whelk (Rapana venosa) in the Chesapeake Bay. M.S. thesis, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA.