Jennifer  Dreyer

Scientist I

Email: [[v|jcdrey]]
Phone: (804) 684-7903 office, (804) 684-7606 lab
Office: Andrews 324
Department: Biological Sciences

Education
  • M.S.  The College of William & Mary, 2004 
  • B.S.   University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1998   
Research interests

I am currently a research manager for the Benthic Ecology Lab working on oyster restoration projects in the Chesapeake Bay. I also curate the VIMS Invertebrate Collection and coordinate the VIMS REU Summer Intern Program funded by NSF.

Other active research interests include: polychaete taxonomy and systematics, hydrothermal vent ecology, benthic deep sea biology, reproductive biology and ecology; and environmental impacts on benthic communities.

Research Experience
  • July 2016- Present            Research Manager       Virginia Institute of Marine Science
  • May 2004 - July  2016       Marine Scientist Senior Virginia Institute of Marine Science
  • Aug. 2002 - Dec. 2002       Research Assistant      The College of William & Mary
  • Oct. 1999 - June 2002       Research Associate I    University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Mar. 1999 - June 1999       Lab Technician             University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Dec. 1998 - Mar. 1999       Groundfish Observer    Saltwater Inc., / NMFS
  • Sept. 1998 - Dec. 1998      Student Assistant II      University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • June 1998 - Aug. 1998       REU Summer Intern    Darling Marine Center, University of Maine
  • Oct. 1997- May 1998          Research Assistant     University of Alaska Fairbanks
Field Experience
  • 2011 - 2014                                   Chesapeake Bay, VA and tidal freshwater systems
  • July 13 - Aug. 5, 2009                   Nha Trang, Vietnam
  • Jan. 31 - Feb 4, 2006                    R/V Nathaniel B. Palmer, Ross Sea (IVARS)
  • Dec.13, 2005 - Jan. 30, 2006        R/V Nathaniel B. Palmer, Ross Sea (CORSACS)
  • Feb. 26 - March 3, 2005                R/V Western Flyer using ROV Tiburon, Southern CA
  • Jan.25 - Feb. 16, 2005                  R/V Nathaniel B. Palmer, Ross Sea (IVARS)
  • Dec.10 - 28, 2004                          USCGC Polar Star, Ross Sea (IVARS)
  • Feb.1- 9, 2004                               USCGC Polar Star, Ross Sea (IVARS)
  • July 22 - Aug. 3, 2003                    R/V Atlantis using DSV Alvin Blake Ridge Cold Seep, SC
  • May 12 - 24, 2003                          R/V Delaware II, Bear Seamount off Georges Banks
  • Dec. 9, 2001- Jan.1, 2002              R/V Atlantis using the DSV Alvin Eastern Pacific Rise
  • Aug. 25 - 31, 1998                         R/V Edwin Link using the RS Clelia, Gulf of Maine
Awards
  • Sept. 2012              Professional Faculty & Staff Development Fund Award
  • April 2006               National Science Foundation U.S. Antarctic Service Medal
  • Jan - May 2004       W&M Teaching Assistantship
  • Aug - Dec. 2003      W&M Teaching Assistantship
  • July 200                  American Museum of Natural History Lerner Gray Memorial Fund
  • June 2003              W&M Student Activities Conference Fund Award
  • April 2003               W&M Graduate Student Association Conference Fund Award
  • Feb. 2003               W&M Carol Woody Internship Award
  • Jan - May 2003      W&M Teaching Assistantship
  • Aug - Dec. 2002     W&M Research Assistantship
  • Oct. 2002               W&M Minor Research Grant award
  • Mar. 1998               UAF Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Grant
Publications
  • Smith, Jr., W.O., Shields, A.R., Dreyer, J., Peloquin, J., & Asper, V.A. (2011). Interannual variability in vertical export in the Ross Sea:  Magnitude, composition, and environmental correlates. Deep Sea Research I, 58 (2):147-159. 
  • Smith, W.O., Tozzi, S., Shields, A., Dreyer, J., & Peloquin, J. (2009). Interannual, Seasonal and Event-Scale Variability in the Ross Sea. Ocean Carbon & Biogeochemistry News, 2(2): 1-4. 
  • Kvist, S., Dreyer, J., & Erséus, C. (2008). Two new species of Tubificoides (Annelida: Clitellata: Naididae) from the Blake Ridge methane seep in the North-west Atlantic Ocean. Proceedings of the Biological Society ofWashington, 121 (4): 531-540.
  • Salazar-Vallejo, S.I., Imajima, M., Bailey-Brock, J.H., & Dreyer, J.  (2007). Revision of Pseudexogone Augener, 1922 (Polychaeta: Syllidae) and its transfer to Pilargidae.  Zoosystema, 29 (3): 535-553. 
  • Illustrations by Dreyer, J. (2006) Chapter 29. An Introduction to Shell-Forming Marine Organisms. In Sturm, C.F., Pearce, T.A., Valdes, A. (Eds.), The Mollusks: A Guide to Their Study, Collection, and Preservation (pp 359-371). Boca Raton, Florida: Universal Publishers.
  • Dreyer, J., Knick, K.E., Flickinger, W.B. & Van Dover, C.L. (2005). Development of macrofaunal community structure in mussel beds on the northern East Pacific Rise. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 302: 121-134.
  • Erseus, C., Giere, O., Dreyer, J., Bailey-Brock, J.H. (2005). A new species of Tubificoides (Oligochaeta) from Sand Island, Oahu, Hawaii. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 118 (2): 264-269.
  • Dreyer, J., Bailey-Brock, J., & McCarthy, S. (2005). Effects of Hurricane Iniki on intertidal faunal on the South Shore of Oahu. Marine Environmental Research, 59: 367-380.
  • Dreyer, J., Miura, T. & Van Dover, C.L. (2004). Vesicomyicola trifurcatus, a New Species of Commensal Polychaete found in Deep-sea Clams collected from the Blake Ridge Cold Seep. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 117 (1): 106-113.
  • Bailey-Brock, J.H., Dreyer, J. & Brock, R.E. (2003). Three new species of Saccocirrus (Saccocirridae Czerniavsky, 1881,Polychaeta), from Hawaii’i. Pacific Science, 57 (4): 463-478.
  • Turnipseed, M., Knick, K.E., Lipcius, R.N., Dreyer, J. & C.L. Van Dover. (2003). Diversity in mussel beds at hydrothermal and cold seeps. Ecology Letters 6: 1-6.
  • Bailey-Brock, J.H., Paavo, B., Barrett, B.M., & Dreyer, J. (2002). Polychaete species as organic enrichment indicators from Oahu, Hawaii'i. Pacific Science 156 (4): 459-479.
  • Bailey-Brock, J.H., Paavo, B., Barrett, B.M. & Dreyer, J. (2001) Changes in Pollution Indicators at the Sand Island Sewage Outfall. Proceedings of the Ocean’s Conference 2001 MTS/IEEE. Volume 3. ISBN# 0-933957-28-9.
  • Gerken, S., & Gross, J. (2000). Gynodiastylis laciniacristatus, a new species (Crustacea: Cumacea) from Australia. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 113 (1), 95-103.
  • Van Dover, CL., Trask, J., Gross, J., & Knowlton, A. (1999). Reproductive biology of free-living and commensal polychaetes at the Lucky Strike hydrothermal vent field (Mid-Atlantic Ridge). Marine Ecology Progress Series 181, 201-214.
  • Illustrations by Dreyer, J. in Gutierrez-Antrim, L. 2005. To Shell or Not to Shell: an Introduction to Shell Forming Invertebrates. How to Collect Shells. Charles Sturm, Ed. Museum of Pittsburgh. In Press.
Research Reports and Other Research Contributions
  • Kellogg, M.L, Ross, P.G., Luckenbach, M.W., Dreyer, J.C., Pant, M., Birch, A., Fate, S., Smith, E., Paynter, K. 2016.  Integrated assessment of oyster reef ecosystem services: Fish utilization and trophic linkages.  Final Report to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Chesapeake Bay Office. 20pp.
  • Kellogg, M.L., Cornwell, J.C., Owens, M.S., Luckenbach, M.W., Ross, P.G., Leggett, A.T., Dreyer, J.C., Lusk, B., Birch, A. and Smith, E.  2014.  Scaling ecosystem services to reef development: Effects of oyster density on nitrogen removal and reef community structure.  Final Report to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Chesapeake Bay Office. 34pp.
  • Contributor to: A species list of the polychaetes and invertebrates found in Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii in 1999. Identified a large majority of these polychaetes believed to be introduced species from shipping or military vessels docking at the harbor.
  • Contributor to: Benthic Sampling in the Vicinity of Sewage Outfalls off Tanguisson and Agana, Guam, Mariana Islands WRRC Report 2001. Compiled a species list of polychaetes and invertebrates, taxonomic illustrations, and report for two proposed sewage outfalls in Guam.
  • Contributor to: The Impacts of Polydactylus Sexfilis Mariculture on the Benthos
    • Report Number one of three HOARP Phase III. Feb 2002
    • Report Number two of three HOARP Phase III. April 22, 2002
    • Report Number three of three HOARP Phase III. June 2002
  • Contributor to: A species list and taxonomic illustrations of the polychaetes and invertebrates for the regional EMAP project funded by the EPA. Samples were taken from 5 Hawaiian Islands.
Presentations
  • November 8-12, 2015: Kellogg, M.L., Cornwell, J.C., Owens, M.S., Ross, P.G., Paynter, K.T., Dreyer, J.C., Luckenbach, M.W. Integrated assessment of ecosystem services provided by tributary-scale oyster reef restoration in Chesapeake Bay. 23rd Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Conference (CERF), Portland, OR.
  • December 10-13, 2014: Kellogg, M.L., Ross, P.G., Lusk, B., Luckenbach, M.W., Dreyer, J.C. Relationships between oyster biomass density and macrofaunal community structure. 16th International Conference on Shellfish Restoration, Charleston, SC.
  • December 10-13, 2014: Kellogg, M.L., Paynter, K.T., Cornwell, J.C., Ross, P.G., Owens, M.S., Handschy, A.V., Dreyer, J.C., Luckenbach, M.W. Integrated assessment of oyster reef ecosystem services: Harris Creek, MD. 16th International Conference on Shellfish Restoration, Charleston, SC.
  • March 20-24, 2013: J. Dreyer, M. Freedman, S. Ramirez, and L.C. Schaffner. Community structure of tidal freshwater benthic communities associated with the invasive clam, Corbicula fluminea, in the tributaries of the York River,VA. Poster presentation at the 42nd Benthic Ecology Meeting, Savannah, GA.
  • March 20-24, 2013: I. Sivaipram, J. Dreyer, L.C. Schaffner. Daily settlement of estuarine crab megalopae in the York River, Chesapeake Bay, USA. Poster presentation at the 42nd Benthic Ecology Meeting, Savannah, GA.
  • March 20-24, 2013: M.R. Freedman, J. Dreyer, L.C. Schaffner. Distribution of invasive bivalve Corbicula fluminea in tidal freshwater York River tributaries. Oral presentation at the 42nd Benthic Ecology Meeting, Savannah, GA.
  • June 4-9, 2006  S. Tozzi, J. Peloquin, J. Dreyer  Development of new flowcam flow cytometer protocol for processing samples with a wide range of different sized phytoplankton from the Ross Sea, Antarctica.  Poster presentation at the ASLO Summer Meeting: Global Challenges Facing Oceanography and Limnology, Victoria, B.C., Canada.
  • October 10-14, 2005 J. Peloquin, A. Shields, J. Dreyer and W.O. Smith The association of microzooplankton with colonial Phaeocystis antarctica in the Ross Sea, Antarctica. Poster presentation at the 3rd International Conference on the Oceanography of the Ross Sea Antarctica, Venice, Italy.
  • August 20-28, 2004 C.L.Van Dover and J. Dreyer Temporal change in mussel bed communities at deep-sea hydrothermal vents on the East Pacific Rise. 32nd International Geological Congress, Florence, Italy.
  • July 5-9, 2004 J. Dreyer and C.L. Van Dover A new genus and species of Nautiliniellidae found in deep-sea clams at the Blake Ridge cold seep. Poster presentation at the 8th International Polychaete Conference, Madrid, Spain.
  • July 5-9, 2004 R.J. Mroz, J. Dreyer and C.L. Van Dover A histological investigation into the internal anatomy of a new species of commensal polychaete from the family Nautiliniellidae at the Blake Ridge methane hydrate. Poster presentation at at the 8th International Polychaete Conference, Madrid, Spain.
  • July 5-9, 2004 S.I. Salazar-Vallejo, I. Minora, J.H. Bailey-Brock, J. Dreyer Review of Psuedoexogone Augener, 1922 (Polychaeta: Syllidae) and its reassignment to Pilargidae. Poster presentation at the 8th International Polychaete Conference, Madrid, Spain.
  • February 13, 2004 J. Dreyer and C.L. Van Dover Time-series comparisons of hydrothermal-vent mussel bed communities on the East Pacific Rise between 1999 and 2001. Poster presentation at the 3rd Annual Graduate Research Symposium at the College of William and Mary, VA.
  • August 25-30, 2003 J. Dreyer and C.L. Van Dover Community Structure of Hydrothermal- vent mussel beds on the East Pacific Rise between 1999 and 2001. Oral presentation at the 10th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium, Coos Bay, OR
  • March 28-30, 2003 J. Dreyer and C.L. Van Dover Time-series comparisons of hydrothermal-vent mussel bed communities on the East Pacific Rise between 1999 and 2001. Poster presentation at the 32nd Marine Benthic Ecology Meeting in Groton, CT.
Invited Speaker
  • July 23, 2016: J. Dreyer. Benthic Invertebrates and Beyond. Invited speaker for the College of William & Mary Camp Launch gifted student Summer Program.
  • April 15, 2016: J. Dreyer. Benthic Invertebrates. Invited speaker for James River Elementary 5th grade.
  • January 12, 2015: J. Dreyer. Travels to the end of the Earth: .Antarctica. Invited speaker for the Eastern Shore of VA Anglers Club meeting.
  • July 15, 2014: J. Dreyer. Diving to the Deep Sea. Invited speaker for a summer camp program “What if you could…dive to the deep?” at Mathews County Library.
  • February 19, 2013: J. Dreyer. Benthic Ecology. Invited guest lecturer for GOL 112 Introduction to Oceanography II course for Thomas Nelson Community College.
  • January 23, 2013: J. Dreyer. Life in the Deep Sea: Hydrothermal Vents & Beyond. Invited Speaker for the Williamsburg Rotary International Club.
  • November 17, 2009: J. Dreyer.  Presentations on Careers in Marine Science and Hydrothermal vents.  Invited speaker for Career Day at Menchville High School 10th grade Marine Biology class.
  • December 8, 2006:  J. Dreyer.  Life at the Bottom of the Ocean:  Hydrothermal Vents. Invited guest lecturer for Biology 108N course at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA.
  • April 30, 2004: J. Dreyer and C.L. Van Dover.  Dynamics at Hydrothermal Vents: Evidence for Stable Macrofaunal Communities in Mussel Beds on the Northern East Pacific Rise.  Invited departmental seminar at the University of South Carolina Spartanburg, Spartanburg, SC.
  • March 7-9, 2004   J. Dreyer and C.L. Van Dover.  Temporal variation in mussel bed communities on the East Pacific Rise between 1999 and 2001.  Oral presentation at the Southampton Oceanography Centre, Southampton, England as part of a three-day workshop on chemosynthetic ecosystems and reproduction.
Teaching
  • Aug. 2010- Dec. 2010        General Biology 101- Adjunct Faculty, TNCC
  • Aug. 2010- Dec. 2010        General Biology Lab 102- Adjunct Faculty, TNCC
  • Jan. 2003- May 2003          Biology 200 Lab- Teaching Assistant, College of W&M
  • Aug. 2003- Dec 2003         Invertebrate Biology Lab- Teaching Assistant, College of W&M
  • Jan. 2004- May 2004          Biology 200 Lab- Teaching Assistant, College of W&M
Certifications
  • Red Cross 1st Aid/CPR Certification                July 2017 (exp.)   VIMS, VA
  • Open Water SCUBA certification                    June 1999            Fairbanks, AK
  • Advanced Open Water SCUBA certification   October 1999       Oahu, HI
Specialized Course-Work and Hobbies
  • College Science Teaching Course – VIMS graduate class during Fall 2009.
  • Cladistics and Polychaetes III course as part of the 8th International Polychaete Conference in Madrid, Spain (July 2004).
  • Biological Microscopy – College of William & Mary graduate course on Scanning Electron Microscopy and Transmission Microscopy during Fall 2003.  Developing and printing micrographs was a large component, along with tissue preparation.
  • Scuba Diving and Snorkeling - have been able to dive and snorkel in diverse locations such as Alaska, Hawaii, Tahiti, and Mexico.  Have 27 logged dives with about 16 hours underwater.
Sailing and Boating
  • I crewed on the Avalon II, a 1968 Islander 34 sailboat with an all woman crew racing out of the York River Yacht Club on the York River, Virginia, from April 2005-2010.
  • Extensive experience working on commercial fishing vessels and during the winter of 1998-1999 in the Gulf of Alaska.
  • I crewed on the Beausoleil, a Beneteau 45 sailboat that raced out of Portland, Maine during the summer of 1998.