Marine Science

Marine Science

Publications, Grants & Awards

Marine science faculty members believe strongly in the value of carrying out research with students, and it is here where many faculty truly excel. Not only are they superior instructors, but creative scholars in their own right. Faculty collaborate with students on research projects across a broad range of fields in marine science, particularly in the biological, chemical, and geological facets of oceanography. In many cases, this work leads to publications in books and journals as well as research presentations at national and regional conferences that are jointly authored by students and faculty.

To support teaching and research programs, marine science faculty were recently awarded more than $2 million in external grant funding from a variety of sources. Wildlife Conservation Society and Sea Turtle Conservancy grants support sea turtle research in Panama and Bermuda. Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative grants fund student/faculty research into Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill affects including sedimentation rates and contamination. An ASIANetwork Service Learning grant funds mangrove restoration in Indonesia, including student and faculty travel. National Science Foundation grants support scholarships to science transfer students and Galbraith Marine Science Laboratory renovations.

Click on the following tabs to explore additional competitive grants, peer-reviewed publications, and prestigious awards for marine science students and faculty for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Books

Brooks, G. R. (2011). Florida gulf coast estuaries: Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor. In N. A. Buster & C. W. Holmes (Eds.), Gulf of Mexico, origin, waters, and biota (pp. 73-87). College Station: Texas A. & M. University Press.

Brooks, G. R. (2011). The Florida middle ground reef complex. In N. A. Buster & C. W. Holmes (Eds.), Gulf of Mexico, origin, waters, and biota (pp. 331-339). College Station: Texas A. & M. University Press.

Brooks, G. R., Aretxabaleta, A. L., & West, N. W. (2011). Project earth science: Physical oceanography (2nd ed.). Arlington, Virginia: National Science Teachers Association Press.

Brooks, G. R., & Holmes, C. W. (2011). The west Florida continental slope. In N. A. Buster & C. W. Holmes (Eds.), Gulf of Mexico, origin, waters, and biota (pp. 129-139). College Station: Texas A. & M. University Press.

Meylan, P. A., & Tong, H. (2012). Morphology and relationships of Brachyopsemys tingitana (gen. et sp. nov.) from the Early Palaeocene of Morocco and recognition of the new eucryptodiran turtle family: Sandownidae, In D. B. Brinkman, P. A. Holroyd, & J. D. Gardner (Eds.), Morphology and evolution of turtles: Origin and early diversification. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.

Journal Articles

Chapin, K. J., & Meylan, P. A. (2011). Turtle populations at a heavily used recreational site: Ichetucknee Springs State Park, Columbia Co., Florida. Herpetological Conservation and Biology, 6, 51-60.

Flower, B. P., Hastings, D. W., & Randle, N. R. (2011). Paired AMS 14C dates on planktic foraminifera from a Gulf of Mexico sediment core: An assessment of stratigraphic continuity. Radiocarbon, 53, 337-344.

Loomis, S., & Hastings, D. W. (2012). Determination of temperature calibration for benthic foraminifera: Methods. MarSci: Online Journal for Undergraduate Research in the Marine Sciences, 12.

McCormick, L. R., & Cohen, J. H. (2012). Pupil light reflex in the Atlantic brief squid, Lolliguncula brevis. Journal of Experimental Biology, 215, 2677-83.

Meylan, P. A., Gaffney, E. S., Wood, R. C., Simons, E., & Campos, D. (2011). Evolution of the side-necked turtles: The family Podocnemididae. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, 350. 1-236.

Meylan, P. A., Meylan, A., & Gray, J. A. (2011). Ecology and migrations of sea turtles 8: Tests of the developmental habitat hypothesis. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, 357. 1-70.

Shamblin, B. M., Berry, B. E., Lennon, D. M., Meylan, A. B., Meylan, P. A., Outerbridge, M. E., & Nairn, C. J. (2012). Tetranuceotide microsatellite loci from the critically endangered hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata). Conservation Genetics Resources, DOI 10.1007/s12686-012-9720-8.

Sharp, K. H., Distel, D., & Paul, V. J. (2012). Diversity and dynamics of bacterial communities in early life stages of the Caribbean coral Porites astreoides. Journal of the International Society for Microbial Ecology, 6, 790-801.

Sharp, K. H., & Ritchie, K. B. (2012). Coral-associated bacterial communities in the face of global climate change. Biological Bulletin. (in press)

Smith, N. F., & Cohen, J. H. (2012). Comparative photobehavior of marine cercariae with differing secondary host preferences. Biological Bulletin, 222, 74-83.

Williams, C., Flower, B. & Hastings, D. W. (2012). Seasonal Laurentide Ice Sheet Melting During the Mystery Interval. Geology. (in press)

Conference Presentations

Brooks, G. R., Hollander, D., Flower, B. P., Hastings, D., Valente, A., Hill, K., Moore, C., 
Romero, I. (2012). Rapid increase in sediment accumulation rate and shift in sedimentary regime in the Northeast Gulf of Mexico following the 2010 BP blowout. Ocean Sciences Annual Meeting.

Brooks, G. R., Larson, R. A., Flower, B., Valente, Al, Moore, C., Hill, K., & Comer, N. (2011). Rapid increase in sediment accumulation in the Northeast Gulf of Mexico following the 2010 BP blowout: A novel application of 234Th and 210Pb. Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America.

Charpentier, C., & Chambers, R. C. (2012). Effects of temperature and salinity on the pre-feeding life stages of summer flounder, Paralichthys dentatus. Annual Meeting of the Florida Chapter of the American Fisheries Society.

Flower, B. P., Williams, C., Brown, E. A., Hastings, D. W., Hill, H. W., Adams, C. S., Hendrix, J., Martin, E. E., Biller, N., & Goddard, E. (2011). Gulf of Mexico climate and Laurentide ice sheet meltwater history during the last glacial cycle. Annual Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

Galvin, J. L., Pickering, R. A., & Wetzel, L. R. (2011). No fault of their own: Increasing public awareness of earthquakes in aseismic regions. Annual Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

Larson, R. A., Brooks, G. R., Devine, B., Reichart., G.-J., Jilbert, T., van Loelen, E., Holmes, C. W., & Schwing, P. (2011). High-resolution elemental record of terrigenous sediment runoff associated with rainfall events: US Virgin Islands. Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America.

Larson, R. A., Brooks, G. R., Flower, B. P., Hollander, D., Hastings, D., Romero, I., Valente, A., Hill, K., Moore, C. (2012). Assessing the fate and impact of BP oil on deep-sea sedimentary environments and benthic communities: Northeast Gulf of Mexico. Ocean Sciences Annual Meeting.

Michael, C., Bennett, J., Carter III, J., Fitzpatrick, K., Flight, C., O'Brien, C., Petrilla, C., Ramirez, H., Mack, K., & Szelistowski, W. A. (2012). Genetic structure of Chain Pipefish Syngnathus louisianae and Dusky Pipefish Syngnathus floridae populations in Florida. Annual Meeting of the Florida Chapter of the American Fisheries Society.

Roeder, T. K., Hastings D. W., Holzinger, C., Playle, E., Brooks, G. R., Huettel, M., Kostka, J., Larson, R. A., & Flower, B. P. (2011). Where has all the oil gone? The use of trace metals as potential indicators of oil contamination in marine sediments and beach sands. Annual Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

Sharp, K. H., Ritchie, K. B., Sneed, J. M., & Paul, V. J. (2012). Microbial Ecology of Early Development and Larval Settlement in Tropical Corals.  International Symbiosis Society Congress.  

Shoots, J., Ritchie, K. B., & Sharp, K. H. (2012). Bacterial Shifts During Spawning of the Caribbean Coral Porites astreoides. Mote Marine Laboratory NSF REU Summer Research Symposium.

Smith, N. F., & Cohen, J. H. (2012). Light-mediated behavior of marine parasitic larvae: Adaptations to enhance transmission success. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America.

Smith, N. F., & Cohen, J. H. (2012). Photobehavior of marine cercariae that utilize secondary intermediate hosts.  Annual Meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists.

Valente, A., Brooks, G. R., Larson, R. A., & Holmes, C. W. (2011). Assessing potential sources of variability associated with 210Pb age dating of sediments. Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America.

Van Woudenberg, L., Alvarez, A., Tringali, M., & Szelistowski, W. (2012). Use of microsatellite DNA to assess genetic differences between bonnethead sharks, Sphyrna tiburo, from two areas in Florida. Annual Meeting of the Florida Chapter of the American Fisheries Society.

Van Woudenberg, L., Daniels, C., Burghart, S., Kitzmiller, R., Peebles, E., & Breitbart, M. (2012). Genetic identification of single fish eggs for a community analysis of fish spawning in Terra Ceia Bay, Florida. Annual Meeting of the Florida Chapter of the American Fisheries Society.

Van Woudenberg, L., Daniels, C., Burghart, S., Kitzmiller, R., Peebles, E., & Breitbart, M. (2012). Genetic identification of single fish eggs for a community analysis of Terra Ceia Bay, Florida. Annual Meeting of the Florida Branch of the American Society for Microbiology.

Wetzel, L. R., & Jain, P. (2011). Multidisciplinary approach—Designing science spaces that respect the campus, save energy, and are flexible for the future. Labs21 Annual Meeting.

Wetzel, L. R. (2011). Art for the smart: Paper and oral presentation assignments for an Earth Materials course. Annual Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

Williams, C., Flower, B. P., Hastings, D. W., Brown, E. A., & Lowell, T. V. (2011). A multi-proxy approach to understanding deglacial Gulf of Mexico climate and Laurentide ice sheet chronology. Annual Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

Williams, C., & Flower, B., & Hastings, D. W. (2011). Deglacial meltwater input to the Gulf of Mexico: A marine-based record of Laurentide ice sheet chronology. Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America.

Grants

Brooks, G. R. (2012). Event stratigraphy: Detecting natural and anthropogenic events in the stratigraphic record. U.S. Geological Survey Grant ($86,713).

Brooks, G. R. (2010-2012). Assessing the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on sediments and benthic communities on the west Florida shelf and slope. (co-PI). Florida Institute of Oceanography ($33, 456).

Brooks, G. R. (2011-2014). Chemical evolution and biological degradation of petroleum/dispersant systems and subsequent interaction with coastal, open-ocean, and deep-water ecosystems. (co-PI).Center for Integrated Modeling and Analysis of Gulf Ecosystems, Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative ($218,578).

Brooks, G. R. (2011-2014).  Deep sea to coast connectivity in the eastern Gulf of Mexico (Deep-C): Geochemistry, hydrocarbon chemistry, and isotope tracing. (co-PI). Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative ($79,893).

Hastings, D. W. (2011-2014). Center for integrated modeling and analysis of the gulf ecosystem. (co-PI). Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative ($170,000).

Hastings, D. W. (2011-2014). Deep-C: Deep sea to coast connectivity in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, Subcontract to Florida State University ($70,000).

Lessmann, J. & B. MacHarg (2012).  Mangrove restoration through service learning in Indonesia. ASIANetwork Service Learning and Environment in Asia ($20,000).

Meylan, P. A., & Meylan, A. B. (2012-2013). Ecology of marine turtles of Bocas del Toro Province, Panama 2010-2011. Wildlife Conservation Society ($26,739).

Meylan, P. A., & Meylan, A. B. (2012-2013). Bermuda Turtle Project 2012-2013. The Sea Turtle Conservancy ($21,000).

Paul, V.J., Ritchie, K.B., Sneed, J.M., and Sharp, K.H. (2012-2013). The influence of marine microbes on coral recruitment in the Florida Keys: Factors affecting the production of positive settlement cues in inductive bacterial strains. Mote Marine Laboratory Protect Our Reefs License Plate Grants Program ($36,629).

Smith, N. F. (2009-2012). Testing anti-fouling products with ECONEA™. Janssen Preservation and Material Protection, division of Janssen Pharmaceutica N.V., Belgium ($24,118).

Thompson, J. (2012). Teaching and paleontological research in China. Eckerd College Russ Family Fund for International Initiatives ($5,000).

Wetzel, L. R. (2011).  Technology assistance with implementation and operation of transportable array element of USArray and EarthScope. Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, National Science Foundation sub-award ($34,472).

Wetzel, L. R., & Cohen, J. H. (2010-2012). MARINE: Modernizing Academic Research INfrastructure at Eckerd. National Science Foundation ($870,720).

Wetzel, L. R., Debure, K., R., Harrison, M. S., Cox, A. J., & Weppner, S. P. (2012-2017) Quantitative Excellence in Science and Technology (QuEST) Scholarship Program to Improve Transfer Student Success at Eckerd College. National Science Foundation ($579,236).

Awards

Hastings, D. W., Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teacher Award, Eckerd College (2011-2012).

Van Woudenberg, L., Best Undergraduate Student Presentation Award at the Annual Meeting of the Florida Branch of the American Society for Microbiology for Van Woudenberg, L., Daniels, C., Burghart, S., Kitzmiller, R., Peebles, E., & Breitbart, M. (2012). Genetic identification of single fish eggs for a community analysis of Terra Ceia Bay, Florida.

Student Research

Given the close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and subtropical climate, the Tampa Bay region has a high concentration of marine research and academic institutions. Because of many local connections in the Tampa Bay area, a large number of opportunities are available to our students through government and private marine agencies and laboratories, public aquaria, marine conservation institutions, environmental consulting firms, and commercial aquaculture firms.

$1Mil Renovation Project

GMSL patio

The National Science Foundation awarded Eckerd College $870,720 to renovate research spaces within the Galbraith Marine Science Laboratory during the summer of 2011. Eckerd contributions to the project bring the total renovation budget to over $1 million. Learn more.