URI Marine Biology Program

College of the Environment and Life Sciences

Marine Biology Faculty

Our marine biology faculty are members of several departments in two colleges within the University. They bring a broad range of scholarly interests and research activities to the Marine Biology program and mentor undergraduate, graduate students, and post-docs in their lab, field, and shipboard research activities locally, regionally, and globally. Their research is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Rhode Island Sea Grant, the National Park Service, and other governmental agencies and private foundations.

College of the Environment and Life Sciences

Dr. David Bengtson (FAVS) – Aquaculture of marine fishes
Dr. Terry Bradley (FAVS) – Fish physiology and finfish aquaculture
Dr. Kathleen Castro (FAVS) –  Fisheries science; sustainability
Dr. Graham Forrester (NRS) – Fish ecology and conservation; marine reserves
Dr. Arthur Gold (NRS) – Wetlands ecology
Dr. Marta Gomez-Chiarri (FAVS) – Aquatic pathology; Infectious diseases of shellfish and finish
Dr. Austin Humphries (FAVS) – Ecosystem-based fisheries management; social-ecological systems
Dr. Gabrielle Kass-Simon (BIO) – Neurobiology of invertebrates
Dr. Bethany Jenkins (CMB) – Phytoplankton genomics, physiology and ecology
Dr. Christopher Lane (BIO) – Marine genomics, evolution of algae and seaweeds
Dr. Laura Meyerson (NRS) – coastal plant ecology and invasive species
Dr. Serena Moseman-Valtierra (BIO) – Salt marsh ecology and biogeochemistry
Dr. Michael A. Rice (FAVS) – Physiology of economically important bivalves
Dr. Brad Seibel (BIO) – Physiology of animals in extreme environments
Dr. Carol Thornber (BIO) – Marine community ecology; Harmful algal blooms
Dr. Jacqueline Webb (BIO) – Sensory biology and development of fishes
Dr. Brad Wetherbee (BIO) – Ecology and behavior of elasmobranch fishes
Dr. Cheryl Wilga (BIO) – Functional morphology of elasmobranch fishes
Dr. Ying Zhang (CMB) – Computational molecular ecology of microbes

College of Pharmacy

Dr. David Rowley – Bioactive compounds in marine microorganisms

Graduate School of Oceanography

Dr. Jeremy Collie – Fish population dynamics; quantitative ecology
Dr. Steven D’Hondt  – Chemical evolution of the ocean and atmosphere; global change
Dr. Edward Durbin – Zooplankton and fish ecology; food chain dynamics
Dr. Susanne Menden-Deuer – Plankton behavior and ecology
Dr. Candace Oviatt –  Ecology of coastal ecosystems
Dr. Tatiana Rynearson – Ecological and evolutionary processes shaping genetic diversity of plankton
Dr. Theodore Smayda – Phytoplankton ecology and physiology
Dr. David Smith – Marine microbial ecology
Dr. Karen Wishner  –  Marine zooplankton ecology; deep sea biology
Dr. Robert Campbell* –  Zooplankton ecology; bowhead whale feeding
Dr. Percy Donaghay – Plankton ecology; patch dynamics
Dr. Robert Kenney* (retired) – Marine vertebrate ecology, behavior and conservation
Dr. Lucie Maranda* – Dinoflagellate ecology, physiology and life history; ballast water and marine invasives

BIO – Department of Biological Sciences (CELS)
CMB – Department of Cell and Molecular Biology (CELS)
FAVS – Department of Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Sciences (CELS)
NRS – Department of Natural Resources Science (CELS)
* GSO Marine Research Scientists

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