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Emily Rivest

Associate Professor

Email: [[ebrivest]]
Phone: (804) 684-7942
Office: Andrews Hall 328
Section: Ecosystem Health
Interests: Ecological physiology, global change biology, marine invertebrate biology
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Curriculum Vitae



B.S., Cornell University, 2008
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2014

Research Interests

I am a global change biologist interested in the intersection between physiological stress tolerance and environmental exposure. My research examines the physiological consequences of global and local stressors for marine invertebrates in coastal ecosystems and employs complementary techniques from other disciplines (oceanographic sensor technology, environmental chemistry, biogeochemistry, coastal ecology). My research program is centered around the mechanisms underlying acclimatization and local adaptation to environmental change, with a focus on anthropogenic stressors such as ocean acidification, ocean warming, and hypoxia, as well as natural environmental variability. This interdisciplinary program in physiological ecology employs laboratory and field-based experiments, with opportunities for students from a range of backgrounds. Study systems include oysters and other bivalves in the Chesapeake Bay, tropical reef corals, and mussels in the temperature rocky intertidal.


Kwiatowski, L, B Gaylord, T Hill, J Hosfelt, KJ Kroeker, Y Nebuchina, A Ninokawa, A Russell, EB Rivest, M Sesboue, K Caldeira. 2016.Nighttime dissolution in a temperate coastal ocean ecosystem increases under acidification. Scientific Reports. 6: 22984. doi: 10.1038/srep22984.

Rivest, EB and GE Hofmann. 2015.  Effects of temperature and pCO2 on lipid use and biological parameters of planulae ofPocillopora damicornis. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 473: 43-52. doi: 10.1016/j.jembe.2015.07.015.

Rivest, EB and TC Gouhier. 2015. Complex environmental forcing and the stability of coral populations across their biogeographic range. PLoS ONE. 10(3): e0121742. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0121742.

Rivest, EB and GE Hofmann. 2014. Responses of the metabolism of the larvae of Pocillopora damicornis to ocean acidification and warming. PLoS ONE 9(4): e96172. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0096172.

Gaitán-Espitia, JD, JR Hancock, JL Padilla-Gamiño, EB Rivest, CA Blanchette, DC Reed, GE Hofmann. 2014. Interactive effects of elevated temperature and pCO2 on early-life-history stages of the giant kelp Macrocystis pyrifera. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 457: 51-58. doi: 10.1016/j.jembe.2014.03.018.

Hofmann, GE, CA Blanchette, EB Rivest, and L Kapsenberg. 2013. Taking the pulse of marine ecosystems: the importance of coupling long-term physical and biological observations in the context of global change biology. Oceanography 26(3): 140–148.

Prather, CM, S Pellini, A Laws, EB Rivest, et al. 2012. Invertebrates, ecosystem services and climate change. Biological Reviews Cambridge Philosophical Society 88: 327-348. doi: 10.1111/brv.12002.

Yu, PC, MA Sewell, PG Matson, EB Rivest, L Kapsenberg, and GE Hofmann. 2013. Growth attenuation with developmental schedule progression in embryos and early larvae of Sterechinus neumayeri raised under elevated pCO2. PLoS ONE 8(1): e52448. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0052448.

Hofmann, GE, JE Smith, KS Johnson, U Send, LA Levin, F Micheli, A Paytan, NN Price, B Peterson, Y Takeshita, PG Matson, ED Crook, KJ Kroeker, MC Gambi, EB Rivest, CA Frieder, PC Yu, and TR Martz. 2011. High-frequency dynamics of ocean pH: a multi-ecosystem comparison. PLoS ONE 6(12): e28983. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0028983.

Rivest, EB, DM Baker, KL Rypien, and CD Harvell. 2010. Nitrogen source preference of Aspergillus sydowii, the causative agent of aspergillosis in sea fan corals. Limnology and Oceanography 55(1): 386-392. doi: 10.4319/lo.2010.55.1.0386.