Past Defenses

Master’s Thesis Presentation by Danielle Boshers

10:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Oxygen isotope composition of nitrate produced by freshwater nitrification


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Jacob T. Snyder

12:00 p.m., Monday, November 27, 2017

A newly digitized 45-year dataset of environmental and biological observations from Long Island Sound


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Amanda Vieillard

10:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Impacts of New England oyster aquaculture on sediment nitrogen cycling: Implications for nitrogen removal and retention


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Joseph K. Warren

10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 8, 2017

Development of an In-Situ Passive Sampling Device for Munitions Compounds and Sulfate


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Brian DiMento

10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 19, 2017

An Investigation of the Major Transformations and Loss Mechanisms of Mercury and Selenium in the Surface Ocean


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Mark Ballentine

10:00 a.m., Thursday, December 15, 2016

Coastal Ecosystem Processing of Nitrogen Rich High Explosives


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Thivanka Ariyarathna

1:00 p.m., Friday, December 2, 2016

Sorption and Metabolism of Explosives in Sediment of Coastal Marine Ecosystems


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Melissa Pierce

3:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The microbiome of the eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica (Gmelin, 1791): spatial and temporal variation, environmental influences, and its impact on host physiology


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Maria Rosa

1:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Mechanisms of Particle Retention and Selection in Suspension-Feeding Bivalves


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Melissa Cote

10:00 a.m., Friday, July 29, 2016

The driver of the carbon isotope minima during the last deglaciation: A weakened biological pump or enhanced Southern Ocean circulation?


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Emily Seeley

10:00 a.m., Friday, May 20, 2016

Testing the sea level hypothesis with new records along the southern East Pacific Rise and Pacific Antarctic Ridge


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Kayla Flynn

2:30 p.m., Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Causes of Regional Sea-Surface Temperature Anomalies during Wind Relaxation Events off the U.S. West Coast in Summer


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Aaron Rosenberg

10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Measuring and Modeling Oceanic Air-Sea Fluxes


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Eric Sinsky

1:00 p.m., Monday, April 11, 2016

The Impacts of Surface Conditions on Sea Breezes over Coastal Connecticut


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Brandon Russell

2:00 p.m., Friday, March 11, 2016

Application of a Portable Hyperspectral Imaging System to Field Studies in Animal Camouflage and Coral Reef Symbiosis


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Kathleen Gosnell

2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 14, 2016

Uptake and Trophic Transfer for Mercury and Methylmercury at the Base of Marine Food Webs


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Joanne Elmoznino

1:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Occurrence, Fate and Distribution Behaviors of Organic Contaminants, Perfluorinated Alkyl Acids and Phthalic Acid Easters, in Wastewater Effluent and the Housatonic River Estuary


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Rachel Perry

10:00 a.m., Friday, August 14, 2015

Nutrient Dynamics of Floating Seagrass Wracks in Greater Florida Bay


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Ashley Phillips

10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 16, 2015

A Derivatization Method for Tagging Low-Molecular Weight Organic Acids in Seawater with a Fluorescent Coumarin


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Kayla Erikson

10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 28, 2015

A Time Series Investigation of the Cryptic Copepods Pseudocalanus spp. on the NW Atlantic Continental Shelf


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Kaylan Randolph

10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 14, 2015

Optical measurements of whitecaps and bubbles during large scale wave breaking in the Southern Ocean


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Lija Treibergs

11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 7, 2015

Enzyme level N and O isotope effects of assimilatory and dissimilatory nitrate reduction


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Paola G. Batta-Lona

12:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Environmental genomics and transcriptomics of Salpa thompsoni and population genetic variation of Euphausia superba in the Southern Ocean


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Zair Paloma Lojkovic Burris

2:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Mating dynamics of the calanoid copepods Acartia tonsa and Acartia hudsonica


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Richard Dabundo

12:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Nitrogen isotopes in the measurement of N2-fixation and the estimation of denitrification in the world ocean


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Joshua P. Lord

2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Effect of Temperature Changes on Competitive and Predator-Prey Interactions in Coastal Epi-Benthic Communities


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Laura Anne Thompson

1:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Combined Influence of Diving Physiology and Stressors on Immune Cell Function in a Deep Diving Monodontid and Three Shallow Diving Phocid Species


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Nicole Whi-tzen Chang

1:00 p.m., Friday, April 4, 2014

Nitrogen Isotope Dynamics of Anammox and Denitrification in Coastal Groundwater


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by John Jeremiah Doyle

10:00 a.m., Friday, January 17, 2014

Ingestion, Depuration, and Potential Toxicity of Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles in the Blue Mussel (Mytilus edulis) and the Eastern Oyster (Crassostrea virginica)


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Kristin Raub

10:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Comparison of Marine Sampling Methods for Organic Contaminants: Passive Samplers, Water Extractions, and Live Oyster Deployments


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Jenay M. Guardiani

3:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Carbon Dynamics in the New River Estuary, NC


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Veronica L. Ortiz

10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 22, 2013

Can Marine Aggregates Serve as for Vector Mercury Uptake into the Blue Mussel Mytilus edulis?


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Michael Brian Finiguerra

9:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Determining the Role of a Novel Sodium Channel Mutation on Tolerance to Paralytic Shellfish Toxins in the Marine Copepod Acartia hudsonica


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Benjamin L. Cournoyer

12:00 p.m., Monday, July 22, 2013

Can Acartia spp. Adapt to climatic warming? Heritable within-population genetic variation in life history traits.


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Alejandro P. Cifuentes-Lorenzen

10:30 a.m., Friday, May 17, 2013

The Wave Boundary Layer Over the Open Ocean and the Implications to Air-Sea Interaction


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Donald Matthew Schoener

10:00 a.m., Friday, January 25, 2013

Inorganic Carbon and Nitrogen Utilization in Mixotrophic Ciliates


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Yunyun Zhuang

2:00 p.m., Monday, January 7, 2013

Transcriptomic Profiling of Genes Related to Cell Division, Metabolism and Toxin Production in the Dinoflagellate Alexandrium fundyense


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Grant McCardell

2:00 p.m., Friday, November 2, 2012

Physical Supplies of Oxygen to the Bottom Waters of Western Long Island Sound


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Tzong-Yueh Chen

10:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Abiotic Aggregation of Organic Matter in Aquatic Systems: Alteration of Chemical Characteristics and Implications


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by V. Alejandro Arias Esquivel

10:00 a.m., Friday, August 10, 2012

Hydroxyl radicals in marine sediments


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Christina Senft-Batoh

2:00 p.m., Thursday, August 9, 2012

Grazer-Enhanced Toxin Production in the Dinoflagellate Alexandrium fundyense: Cues, Mechanisms, and Cost


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Kimberley Lane Gallagher

1:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The role of sulfate-reducing bacteria in organomineralization and microbialite formation: Mechanisms of mineral precipitation.


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Rita Chiu-Yen Kuo

2:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Growth, lipid synthesis, and bacterial association of Eutreptiella sp. isolated from Long Island Sound characterized using ecological and molecular techniques


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Victoria Price

1:00 p.m., Monday, April 30, 2012

An approach for use of Dual Frequency Identification Sonar (DIDSON) to quantify behavioral aspects of piscivory at ecologically relevant time and space scales


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Amina Traore Schartup

9:00 a.m., Friday, April 20, 2012

The Role of Natural Organic Matter and Sulfur on the Bioavailability of Inorganic Mercury to Methylating Organisms and to the Fate and Transport of Methylmercury in Coastal Ecosystems


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Diana Lancaster

9:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Recruitment Patterns of the Fouling Community on Eelgrass in Long Island Sound


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Lauren Stefaniak

2:00 p.m., Monday, April 16, 2012

Didemnum vexillum: Identity, origin, and life history of an invasive ascidian


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Kelley Bostrom

10:00 a.m., Thursday, November 10, 2011

Testing the limits of hyperspectral airborne remote sensing by mapping eelgrass in Elkhorn Slough


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Ebru Unal Yigiterhan

3:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Population Genetic Structure and Gene Expression Patterns of Calanus finmarchicus in the North Atlantic Ocean


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by James F. Reinhardt

10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Dispersal, Recruitment and Habitat Invasibility in Shallow Epifaunal Communities of Southern New England


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Udonna Chinedu Ndu

9:30 a.m., Friday, May 6, 2011

The Mechanisms and Pathways of the Uptake of Inorganic Mercury and Methylmercury Species in Escherichia coli: Possible Implications for Mercury Cycling in the Marine Environment


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Maria Rosa

10:00 a.m., Thursday, February 10, 2011

Effects of particle surface properties on feeding selectivity in suspension-feeding bivalve molluscs


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Dana M. Frank

10:30 a.m., Thursday, December 16, 2010

An Experimental Approach to Elucidate Functional Mechanisms of Control of the Bivalve Pump


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Diane C. Bennett

2:00 p.m., Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Dynamical Circulation of a Partially Stratified, Frictional Estuary: Long Island Sound


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Dirk A. Aurin

11:00 a.m., Friday, November 12, 2010

Developing Ocean Color Remote Sensing Algorithms for Retrieving Optical Properties and Biogeochemical Parameters in the Optically Complex Waters of Long Island Sound.


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Alison Tamsett

11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 15, 2010

Dynamics of hard substratum communities inside and outside of a fisheries habitat closed area in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary (Gulf of Maine, NW Atlantic)


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Lihua Chen

9:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 3, 2010

A Molecular Approach to the Study of Saxitoxin Resistance in Copepods


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Emily Suzanne Maung

1:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Hypoxia and the benthic communities of western Long Island Sound


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Terill Hollweg

2:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Mercury cycling in sediments of Chesapeake Bay and the mid-Atlantic continental shelf and slope


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Anya Watson

2:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Dynamic Camouflage Patterning in Nassau Grouper, Epinephelus striatus (Bloch 1792)


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Dean Janiak

3:00 p.m., Thursday, October 1, 2009

Ecological impacts of the non-native Grateloupia turuturu (Halymeniaceae, Rhodophyta) in Long Island Sound


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Ralph Jiorle

10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Tidal Currents and Friction over Large Marine Sand Waves in Eastern Long Island Sound


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Melissa Hacker-Gibson

3:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Physical Processes that Affect Hypoxia in the Thames River Estuary, USA


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Lilibeth Miranda

10:00 a.m., Friday, February 13, 2009

Gene expression in the toxic dinoflagellate, Alexandrium fundyense: emphasis on cell cycle and growth-refulatory genes


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Christina Haska

10:00 a.m., Thursday, December 11, 2008

Assessing the Role of Bait Worm Packaging as a Potential Vector of Invasive Species to Long Island Sound


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Christopher Buonassissi

12:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 10, 2008

A Regional Comparison of Particle Size Distributions and the Power-Law Approximation in Oceanic and Estuarine Surface Waters by Laser Diffraction


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Brian D. Ortman

10:00 a.m., Thursday, December 4, 2008

DNA Barcoding the Medusozoa and Ctenophora


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Chiu-Yen Kuo

10:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Variation in Planning Unit Size and Patterns of Fish Diversity: Implications for Design of Marine Protected Areas


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Dustin Kach

10:00 a.m., Friday, October 10, 2008

The Role of Marine Aggregates in the Ingestion of Picoplankton-Size Particles by Suspension-Feeding Molluscs


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Yubo Hou

1:30 p.m., Friday, September 19, 2008

Reconstruction of Dinoflagellate Genome Duplications through Proliferating Cell Nuclear Antigen and the Small Subunit Ribosomal RNA Gene Evolution


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Tiffany St. George

1:00 p.m., Friday, July 11, 2008

Organic Contaminants in the Thames River Estuary: Development of a Thin Film Passive Sampler


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Maille Lyons

10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Importance of Marine Aggregates in the Ecological Epizootiology of Quahog Parasite X (QPX) Disease in Northern Quahogs (= Hard Clams) Mercenaria mercenaria


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Erick Rivera Lemus

11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 24, 2008

Wind waves in central Long Island Sound: A comparison of observations to an analytical expression


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Nathalie Morata

10:00 a.m., Friday, December 7, 2007

Sedimentary pigments as biomarkers of spatial and seasonal variations in the Arctic pelagic-benthic coupling


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Hélène Hégaret

10:00 a.m., Friday, October 26, 2007

Impacts of harmful algal blooms on physiological and cellular processes of bivalve molluscs


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Kimberly Barber

1:00 p.m., Friday, August 3, 2007

Social Foraging interactions in coral reef fishes


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Amy N. S. Siuda

10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Top-Down Control by Calanoid Copepods in Marine Plankton Communities


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Katie Haberlandt

10:00 a.m., Monday, April 9, 2007

Strombidium stylifer, an oligotrich ciliate and potential food source for marine larvae


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Brennan Phillips

11:00 a.m., Friday, April 6, 2007

Measurements on the defecation rate of Salpa thompsoni and its potential contribution to vertical flux in the Southern Ocean


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Caroline A. Loglisci

10:00 a.m., Thursday, April 5, 2007

A mass balance approach to understanding copepod fecal pellet cycling in Long Island Sound


Master’s Thesis Presentation by Adam Houk

11:00 a.m., Friday, April 6, 2007

Observations of the Spatial Structure of Turbulent Mixing in a River Plume Front


Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Brett Branco

9:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Coupled Physical and Biogeochemical Dynamics in Shallow Aquatic Systems:  Observations, Theory and Models