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Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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The use of functional traits to elucidate the causes and consequences of biological diversity., Jonathan S. Lefcheck

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Linking structure and function of microbial communities responsible for sedimentary nitrogen processes in North Carolina estuaries, Jessica A. Lisa

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Signature of Recent Sediment Accumulating in Prince William Sound, Alaska: A Record of Storms, Earthquakes, and Seasonal Inputs, Nicole R. Marshall

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Phylogeny, Ontogeny and Distribution of the Ribbonfishes (Lampridiformes: Trachipteridae), Jennifer M. Martin

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Effects of commercial clam aquaculture on biogeochemical cycling in shallow coastal ecosystems, Anna Elizabeth Murphy

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Developing Methodologies for Studying Elasmobranchs and Other Data-Poor Species, Kristen L. Omori

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Condition of Juvenile Fishes in Estuarine Nursery Areas: Measuring Performance and Assessing Temporal and Spatial Dynamics with Multiple Indices., Ryan W. Schloesser

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Bay Scallop, Argopecten irradians, Restoration in the Virginia Coastal Bays: The Role of Predation on Spring Vs Fall Cohort Survival, Erika L. Schmitt

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Assessing the Impact of Climate Change on Proposed Restoration of the Lynnhaven River Ecosystem, Emily E. Skeehan

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Oyster Reef Connectivity Inferred Via Population Genetic Analysis, Brendan Douglas Turley

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Sediment Deposition and Reworking: A Modeling Study using Isotopically Tagged Sediment Classes, Justin J. Birchler

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Structure, Drivers, and Trophic Interactions of the Demersal Fish Community in Chesapeake Bay, Andre Buchheister

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Phylogenetic Systematics of the Prickleback Family Stichaeidae (Cottiformes: Zoarcoidei) using Morphological Data, Todd R. Clardy

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Biophysical Control of Oyster Reef Performance in Chesapeake Bay., Allison M. Colden

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Long-Term Change in Copepod Community Structure in the Western Antarctic Peninsula: Linkage to Climate and Implications for Carbon Cycling, Miram Rayzel Gleiber

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Development of a Large-Scale Storm Surge and High-Resolution Sub-Grid Inundation Model for Coastal Flooding Applications: A Case Study during Hurricane Sandy, Jon Derek Loftis

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Seasonal Movements, Habitat Utilization, and Comparative Scale Morphology of White Marlin (Kajikia albida) and Roundscale Spearfish (Tetrapturus georgii), Emily L. Loose

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The Roles of Dispersal and Predation in Determining the Seedling Recruitment Patterns of a Zostera marina System, Stephen R. Manley

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High-Resolution Sediment Records of Seismicity and Seasonal Sedimentation from Prince William Sound, Alaska, using XRF Core Scanning, Eric J. Miller

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An Evaluation of a Reduced Bar Spacing Turtle Excluder Device in the U.S Gulf of Mexico offshore Shrimp Trawl Fishery, Michel Anthony Nalovic

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Factors Influencing Year-Class Strength and Growth of Young-of-The-Year Summer Flounder (Paralichthyidae: Paralichthys dentatus), Lauren N. Nys

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Sediment and Organic Carbon Burial in Englebright Lake, CA over the Last Century, Christina Rose Pondell

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Quantification of Nursery Habitats for Blue Crabs in Chesapeake Bay, Gina M. Ralph

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Ecosystem Service Potential Capacity Scenarios: Effects from Sea Level Rise and Management Practices, Chesapeake Bay, Virginia., Cielomar Rodriguez-Calderon

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Physiological Stress and Post-Release Mortality of White Marlin (Kajikia albida) Caught in the U.S Recreational Fishery, Lela Sylvia Schlenker

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Fishes in Seagrass Habitats: Species Composition, Trophic Interactions, and Production, Kathryn L. Sobocinski

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Effects of Saltwater Intrusion on Vegetation Dynamics and Nutrient Pools in Low-Salinity Tidal Marshes, Pamunkey River (Virginia, USA), Lori A. Sutter

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Studies of Mortality Estimation, Amy Y. Then

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A Biogeochemical Data Assimilative Modeling Study in the Mid-Atlantic Bight, Yongjin Xiao

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Seasonal Nitrogen Uptake and Regeneration in the Water Column and Sea-Ice of the Western Coastal Arctic, Steven E. Baer

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Abundance, structure and function of zooplankton-associated bacterial communities within the York River, VA, Samantha L. Bickel

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Improvements in Triploid Crassostrea virginica Production: Characterizing the Diploid Parent, Brian R. Callam

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Application of Acoustics and Optics for the Characterization of Suspended Particulate Matter within an Estuarine Observing System, Grace M. Cartwright

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The Development of Ecological Functions in Created Forested Wetlands, Sean P. Charles

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Distribution and Impacts of Invasive Bivalve Corbicula fluminea in Tidal Freshwater York River Tributaries, Matthew Ryan Freedman

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Effects of Episodic Turbulence on Diatoms: with Comments on the use of Evans Blue Stain for Live-Dead Determinations, Haley S. Garrison

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Acoustic and sedimentological investigations of seabed conditions and related bio-geological parameters in a tidally energetic, fine-grained environment: York River Estuary, Virginia, Lindsey M. Kraatz

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Modeling the formation of periodic hypoxia in partially mixed estuaries and its response to oligotrophication and climate change, Samuel J. Lake

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Submarine Groundwater Discharge to the York River Estuary: Quantifying Groundwater Flux and Potential for Biogeochemical Cycling, Jenna Lynn Luek

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Habitat and Fish Population Dynamics: Advancing Stock Assessments of Highly Migratory Species, Patrick D. Lynch

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Post-Release Mortality of School-Size Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus) in the U.S Recreational Troll Fishery, Benjamin Jon Marcek

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Composition, Sources, and Age of Dissolved and Particulate Organic Matter in the Delaware River and Estuary, Hadley Allaben McIntosh

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Phytoplankton Growth Rates in the Ross Sea, Antarctica, Anna Ford Mosby

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Investigations of the Life Cycle of the Peritrich Ciliate Zoothamnium intermedium in Chesapeake Bay, Sikai Peng

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Detection and infectivity of human adenovirus in wastewater effluent, biosolids, and shellfish, and its persistence in estuarine water, Wenda Lee Quidort

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Food Availability and Utilization for Cultured Hard Clams, Richard Garrik Secrist

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Foraging ecology and habitat use of the northern diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin terrapin) in southern Chesapeake Bay, Diane C. Tulipani

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Analysis of Extreme Water Levels in the Lower Chesapeake Bay, Carissa N. Wilkerson

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Holocene Sedimentation on the Lanyang Plain and Adjacent Continental Shelf, Northwestern Taiwan, Chia-Yu Wu

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Ecologically-framed Mercury Database, Exposure Modeling and Risk/Benefit Communication to Lower Chesapeake Bay Fish Consumers, Xiaoyu Xu

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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Seed Burial in the Seagrass Zostera marina: The Role of Infauna, Natalia J. Blackburn

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Effects of Anthropogenic Stressors and Changes in Biodiversity on Lower Chesapeake Bay, VA USA Seagrass Systems, Rachael E. Blake

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Evaluating Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and Mercury in the West Antarctic Peninsula (WAP) Food Web, with a Focus on Antarctic Fur Seals (Arctocephalus gazella), Emily K. Brault

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The Consequences of Shoreline Development for Near-Shore Communities in Chesapeake Bay, USA: A Before-After Control-Impact Study, Theresa M. Davenport

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Relationships among Fine Sediment Settling and Suspension, Bed Erodibility, and Particle Type in the York River Estuary, Virginia, Kelsey A. Fall

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Positive and Negative Feedbacks Within Zostera marina Beds Within the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, Lance M. Gardner

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Movements, Growth, and Mortality of Chesapeake Bay Summer Flounder Based on Multiple Tagging Technologies, Mark J. Henderson

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A Community-Based Participatory Assessment of Fish Consumption and Dietary Mercury Exposure along the Lower James River, Virginia USA, Erica Lynnette Holloman

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Myctophid Feeding Ecology and Carbon Transport along the Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Jeanna M. Hudson

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Habitat Utilization and Trophic Interactions by Fauna in a Shallow Estuary: Comparisons between Clam Aquaculture and Natural Sites, Lara Gates Kling

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Quantifying Watershed Loads to a Low Relief, Coastal Plain Estuary, the New River Estuary, N.C, Brittani J. Koroknay

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Shedding Light on the Estuarine Coastal Filter: The Relative Importance of Benthic Macroalgae in Shallow Photic Systems, Johnathan Daniel Maxey

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Transport and Fate of Sediment on the Waipaoa River Continental Shelf: Implications for the Formation and Reworking of Flood Deposits, Julia M. Moriarty

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Poverty Shelf, New Zealand from the Holocene to Present: Stratigraphic Development and Event Layer Preservation in Response to Sediment Supply, Tectonics and Climate, Lila Eve Rose Pierce

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Microzooplankton Community Structure and Grazing Impact along the Western Antarctic Peninsula, Lori M. Price

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A Study of Vertical Patterns and Mechanisms of Along-Channel Estuarine Circulation, Qubin. Qin

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A Case Study in the Effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs): the Islands of Bonaire and Curacao, Dutch Caribbean, Noelle J. Relles

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Interannual and Regional Differences in Krill and Fish Prey Quality along the Western Antarctic Peninsula, Kate E. Ruck

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Effects of Life History and Physical Variables on Winter Distribution of Blue Crabs in Chesapeake Bay, Gabrielle G. Saluta

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Unprecedented Restoration of a Native Oyster Metapopulation, David M. Schulte

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Mobile Animals as a Potential Dispersal Mechanism in Zostera marina (Eelgrass), Sarah E. Sumoski

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Distribution and Feeding Ecology of Bathylagus euryops (Teleostei: Microstomatidae) along the Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge from Iceland to the Azores, Christopher J. Sweetman

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Developing an Unstructured Grid, Coupled Storm Surge, Wind Wave and Inundation Model for Super-regional Applications, Yi-Cheng Teng

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Patterns of Population Structure and Historical Dispersal in Squaloid Sharks: A Species-Level Approach using Molecular Markers, Ana Christina Pimenta Verissimo

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The Role of Benthic Nitrogen Fixation as a Source of New Nitrogen to the New River Estuary, NC, Meaghan L. Whitehead

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Evaluating the Impact of Stock Structure Uncertainty in Stock Assessments of Sailfish in the Atlantic Ocean, Catarina Wor Lima

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The Effects of Salinity Pulses of Varying Duration and Intensity on Three Freshwater Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Species, Rebecca Wright

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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The Impacts of Shoreline Development on Shallow-Water Benthic Communities in the Patuxent River, MD, Cassie D. Bradley

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Deep-Pelagic (0-3000m) Fish Assemblage Structure Over the Mid-Atlantic Ridge in the Area of the Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone, April B. Cook

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Abiotic Release of Low Molecular Weight Nitrogen from Effluent Organic Nitrogen, Carolina P. Funkey

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A Numerical Modeling Study of Storm Surge and Inundation in the Chesapeake Bay during the November 2009 Mid-Atlantic Nor'easter, Jie Gao

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Net Microbial Activity, Vegetation Dynamics, and Ecosystem Function in Created and Natural Palustrine Forested Wetlands in Southeastern Virginia, USA, Christian A. Hauser

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Understanding the Origins, Dispersal, and Evolution of Bonamia Species (Phylum Haplosporidia) Based on Genetic Analyses of Ribosomal RNA Gene Regions, Kristina M. Hill

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Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Fecal Coliform Distribution in Virginia Coastal Waters, Jie Huang

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Development of a Method for Quantifying the Air-Sea Flux of Volatile Organic Carbon, Emily A. Jayne

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A Tale of Two Blooms: Dynamics of Nitrogen Uptake by Harmful Algae in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and York River, Virginia, USA, Lynn M. Killberg-Thoreson

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Ecological, Physiological, and Bio-Optical Characteristics of Phaeocystis globosa in Coastal Waters of South Central Vietnam, Xiao Liu

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Molecular genetic studies of Hematodinium sp., a parasitic dinoflagellate of the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus, Katrina M. Pagenkopp Lohan

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The Effects of Seagrass Species and Trophic Interactions in Experimental Seagrass Communities, Althea F. P. Moore

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Effects of Concurrent Phenathrene and Mycobacterium marinum Exposure in the Zebrafish (Danio rerio), Christopher M. Prosser

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Evaluating the use of Flow-Through Larval Culture for the Eastern Oyster, Crassostrea virginica, Stephanie L. Reiner

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Dynamics and Composition of the Extracellular Polymeric Substances Produced by Benthic Microalgae: An in Situ 13C and 15N Approach, Stephanie Kara Salisbury

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Fine Sediment Dynamics in Dredge Plumes, Stanley Jarrell Smith II

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Molecular Marker Development for the Discrimination of Atlantic and Pacific Blue Marlin (Makaira nigricans), Laurie Sorenson

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The Development and Application of an Antibody-based Biosensor for the Detection of the Petroleum-derived Compounds, Candace Rae Spier

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The Effects of Hypoxia on Macrobenthic Production and Function in the lower Rappahannock River, Chesapeake Bay, USA, S. Kersey Sturdivant

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Mercury Exposure Assessment of South River Floodplain Birds, Jincheng Wang

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Basal Food Web Dynamics in a Natural Eelgrass (Zostera marina) Community: Cage-Free Field Experimentation, Matthew A. Whalen

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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Integrating space-and time-scales of sediment-transport for Poverty Bay, New Zealand, Aaron J. Bever

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Observations of storm morphodynamics using Coastal Lidar and Radar Imaging System (CLARIS): Importance of wave refraction and dissipation over complex surf-zone morphology at a shoreline erosional hotspot, Katherine L. Brodie