|Dr. Padilla's major interests are (1) Marine and freshwater ecology, conservation biology and restoration, (2) Invasion biology and the patterns of spread and impacts of invading species in freshwater and marine ecosystems, (3) Functional ecology including studies of phenotypic plasticity, inducible defenses and offenses, (4) Impacts of environmental change on marine ecosystems, including blooms of harmful algae and their impacts on early life stages of animals. Current projects include phenotypic plasticity of snails in the family Littorinidae, invasion biology of bivalves, especially the zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) and the oyster, Crassostrea gigas, factors that may impact the success of clam restoration in Long Island waters, and the development of Ecosystem-Based Management plans for marine and freshwater systems.|
|Paul Bourdeau is interested in the plasticity of traits (e.g. behavior, physiology, morphology) and how organisms integrate mulitple plastic traits in response to given selective agents. For his dissertation research, Paul is using marine snails in the genus Nucella as a model system to examine the integration of predator-induced behavior, morphology and physiology. He uses a combination of field observations, laboratory and mesocosm experiments to examine patterns and expression of plastic defensive traits across multiple predator environments. This comprehensive approach will allow him to answer questions about the functional relationships among multiple forms of plastic traits and the constraints on the expression of these traits across environments.|
Mike Doall is interested bivalve restoration, chemical signaling, and
environmental monitoring. He has been working with The Nature
Conservancy on the restoration of Northern Quahogs, or hard clams,
Mercenaria mercenaria, in Long Island waters. He is also working on a
project to assess the potential for oyster restoration in the Hudson
River Estuary and associated waters.
Mike is also in charge of the Functional Ecology Research and Teaching Lab (FERTL) give hot link here, and MEAD – note need to find out name for acronym and the like site. If you have any questions about either of these shared-use facilities, contact Mike.
|Sarah Gray is interested in questions involving invasion biology and aquatic community ecology. Specifically, through manipulating the model aquatic community within the leaves of the purple pitcher plant, Sarracenia purpurea, she plans to answer questions related to the impact that invasive species have on food web dynamics of a community. She is also interested in ecological risk assessment for invasive aquatic species and in determining the power of such a method for predicting life history characteristics and the pattern of spread for a potential invasive species.|
|Anna is very interested in lots of fun things|
|PREVIOUS LAB MEMBERS|
|Jesse Hornstein is interested in marine ecology, specifically hard clams and the factors that affect hard clam condition and reproduction. He is also interested in restoration ecology, and bringing the Great South Bay back to what it once was. Jesse worked with Mike Doall and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Stony Brook's Marine Science program.|
|Rachel Przeslawski's current research interests include stress physiology, marine larval ecology, and global change biology. In particular, she is investigating the responses and protective functions of aquatic larvae to stressors associated with local and global change. Early life stages are the most vulnerable to disturbances and changing conditions; and the reactions of larvae to abiotic and biotic stressors is crucial to predict changes in community structure, to restore degraded areas, and to implement appropriate conservation policies and management. Investigation of the underlying protective mechanisms against stressors is also important from an evolutionary perspective, by revealing the means by which species have adapted to their environment. Rachel's current projects in the Padilla lab focus on local mollusc and annelid species.|