• Zarnoch, C. B., T. J. Hoellein, B. T. Furman and B. J. Peterson. 2017. Eelgrass meadows, Zostera marina (L.), facilitate the ecosystem service of nitrogen removal during simulated nutrient pulses in Shinnecock Bay, New York, USA. Marine Pollution Bulletin 124: 53-60. [Download PDF]
  • Tinoco, A. I., B. T. Furman, K. M. Darnell and B. J. Peterson.  2017. Submerged aquatic vegetation, topography and flow characteristics in the upper, tidal Hudson River: Progress toward a predictive habitat model.  Aquatic Botany 142: 53-60. [Download PDF]
  • McCoy, E., S. R. Borrett, M. K. LaPeyre and B. J. Peterson. 2017.  Estimating the impact of oyster restoration scenarios on transient fish production. Restoration Ecology 25(5): 798-809. [Download PDF]
  • Jackson, L. J., B. T. Furman and B. J. Peterson. 2017. Morphological response of Zostera marina reproductive shoots to fertilized porewater.  Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 489: 1-6. [Download PDF]
  • Stubler, A. D., L. J. Jackson, B. T. Furman and B. J. Peterson.  2017. Seed production patterns in Zostera marina: Effects of patch size and landscape configuration.  Estuaries and Coasts 40(2): 564-572. [Download PDF]
  • Furman, B. T., L. J. Jackson and B. J. Peterson.  2017. Edaphic resource foraging by Zostera marina (Linnaeus) patches.  Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 486: 214-221. [Download PDF]
  • Kulp, R. E. and B. J. Peterson.  2016. Evaluating the impact of mesopredators on oyster restoration in the New York metropolitan region.  Journal of Shellfish Research 35(4): 801-807. [Download PDF]
  • Stubler, A. D. and B. J. Peterson.  2016.  Ocean acidification accelerates net calcium carbonate loss in a coral rubble community. Coral Reefs 35(3): 795-803. [Download PDF]
  • Stubler, A. D., A. K. Stevens and B. J. Peterson.  2016.  Using community-wide recruitment and succession patterns to assess sediment stress on Jamaican coral reefs.  Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 474: 29-38. [Download PDF]
  •  Furman, B. T. and B. J. Peterson.  2015.  Sexual Recruitment in Zostera marina: Progress toward a Predictive Model.  PLoS ONE 10(9): e0138206. [Download PDF]
  • Stubler, A. D., B. T. Furman and B. J. Peterson.  2015.  Sponge erosion under acidification and warming scenarios: differential impacts on living and dead coral.  Global Change Biology 21(11): 4006-4020. [Download PDF]
  • Tettelbach, S. T., B. J. Peterson, J. M. Carroll, B. T. Furman, S. W. T. Hughes, J. Havelin, J. R. Europe, D. M. Bonal, A. J. Weinstock and C. F. Smith.  2015.  Aspiring to an Alternative Stable State: Rebuilding of Bay Scallop Populations and Fisheries Following Intensive Restoration.  Marine Ecology Progress Series 529: 121-136. [Download PDF]
  • Stubler, A. D., A. R. Duckworth and B. J. Peterson.  2015.  Sedimentation affects sponge abundance, diversity and distribution on Jamaican coral reefs.  Marine Pollution Bulletin 96: 261-270. [Download PDF]
  • Berry, D. L., J. A. Goleski, F. Koch, C. C. Wall, B. J. Peterson, O. R. Anderson and C. J. Gobler.  2015.  Synechococcus blooms in Florida Bay.  Molecular Ecology 70: 361-371. [Download PDF]
  • Furman, B. T., L. J. Jackson, E. Bricker and B. J. Peterson.  2015. Sexual recruitment in Zostera marina: a patch to landscape-scale investigation.  Limnology and Oceanography 60(2): 584-599. [Download PDF]
  • Carroll, J. M., L. L. Jackson and B. J. Peterson.  2015.  The effect of increasing habitat complexity on bay scallop survival in the presence of different decapod crustacean predators.  Estuaries and Coasts 38: 1569-1579. [Download PDF]
  • Stubler, A. M., B. T. Furman and B. J. Peterson.  2014.  Effects of pCO2 on the interaction between an excavating sponge, Cliona varians, and a hermatypic coral, Porites furcata.  Marine Biology 161: 1851-1859. [Download PDF]
  • Peterson, B. J., A. M. Fournier, B. T. Furman and J. M. Carroll.  2014.  Hemigrapsus sanguineus in Long Island salt marshes: experimental evaluation of the interactions between an invasive crab and resident ecosystem engineers.  PeeJ:e472. [Download PDF]
  • Peterson, B. J., E. Bricker, S. J. Brisbin, B. T. Furman, A. D. Stubler, J. M. Carroll, D. L. Berry, C. J. Gobler, A. Calladine, M. Waycott.  2013.  Genetic diversity and gene flow in Zostera marina populations surrounding Long Island, New York, USA: No evidence of inbreeding, genetic degradation or population isolation.  Aquatic Botany 110: 61-66. [Download PDF]
  • Wall, C. C., B. J. Peterson, E. Ward and C. J. Gobler.  2013.  Contrasting growth patterns of suspension-feeding molluscs (Mercenaria mercenariaCrassostrea virginicaArgopecten irradians and Crepidula fornicata) across a eutrophication gradient in the Peconic Estuary, NY, USA.  Estuaries and Coasts 36: 1274-1291. [Download PDF]
  • Carroll, J. M. and B. J. Peterson.  2013.  Ecological trade-offs in seascape ecology: bay scallop survival and growth across a seagrass landscape.  Landscape Ecology 28: 1401-1413. [Download PDF]
  • Carroll, J. M. and B. J. Peterson.  2013.  Comparisons in demographic rates of bay scallops in eelgrass and the introduced alga, Codium fragile, in New York .Marine Biology 160: 1451-1463. [Download PDF]
  • Tettelbach, S. T., B. J. Peterson, J. M. Carroll, S. W.T. Hughes, D. Bonal, A. Weinstock, J. R. Europe, B. T. Furman, C. F. Smith.  2013.  Priming the larval pump: Resergence of bay scallop recruitment after initiation of intensive restoration efforts.  Marine Ecology Progress Series 478: 153-172. [Download PDF]
  • Peterson, B. J., K. L. Heck and J. V. Valentine.  2013.  The snapper-grunt pump: habitat modification and facilitation of the associated benthic plant communities by reef resident fish.  Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 441: 50-54. [Download PDF]
  • Duckworth, A. R. and B. J. Peterson.  2013.  Effects of seawater temperature and pH on the boring rates of the sponge Cliona celata in scallop shells.  Marine Biology 160: 27-35. [Download PDF]
  • Carroll, J. M., B. T. Furman, S. T. Tettelbach and B. J. Peterson. 2012.  Balancing the edge effects budget: bay scallop settlement and loss along a seagrass edge.  Ecology 93: 1637-1647. [Download PDF]
  • Peterson, B. J., A. D. Stubler, C. C. Wall and C. J. Gobler.  2012.  Nitrogen-rich groundwater intrusion affects productivity, but not herbivory, of the tropical seagrass Thalassia testudinumAquatic Biology 15: 1-9. [Download PDF]
  • Wall, C. C., B. S. Rodgers, C. J. Gobler and B. J. Peterson.  2012.  Responses of loggerhead sponges Spechiosponia vesparium durning harbul cyanobacterial blooms in a sub-tropical lagoon.  Marine Ecology Progress Series 451: 31-43. [Download PDF]
  • Rountos, K. J., B. J. Peterson and I. Karakassis.   2012.  Indirect effects of fish cage aquaculture on shallow Posidonia oceanica seagrass patches in coastal Greek waters.  Aquaculture Environment Interactions 2: 105-115. [Download PDF]
  • Neckles, H., B. Kopp, B. J. Peterson and P. Pooler.  2012.  Integrating scales of seagrass monitoring to meet conservation needs.  Estuaries and Coasts 35: 23-46. [Download PDF]
  • Wall, C. C., B. J. Peterson and C. J. Gobler.  2011.  The growth of estuarine resources (Zostera marina, Mercenaria mercenaria, Crassostrea virginica, Argopecten irradians, Cyprinodon variegates) in response to nutrient loading and enhancement of suspension-feeding by adult shellfish.  Estuaries and Coasts 34: 1262-1277. [Download PDF]
  • Goleski, J. A., F. Koch, C. C. Wall, M. A. Marcoval-Pan, F. J. Jochem, B. J. Peterson and C. J. Gobler.  2010.  The role of zooplankton grazing and nutrient loading in the occurrence of harmful cyanobacterial blooms in Florida Bay, FL, USA.  Estuaries and Coasts 33: 1202-1215. [Download PDF]
  • Carroll, J. M., B. J. Peterson, D. Bonal, A. Weinstock, C. F. Smith and S. T. Tettelbach.  2010. Comparative survival of bay scallops in eelgrass and the introduced alga, Codium fragile, in a New York estuary.  Marine Biology 157:249-259. [Download PDF]
  • Carroll, J., C. J. Gobler and B. J. Peterson.  2008.  Resource- restricted growth of eelgrass in New York estuaries: light limitation, and alleviation of nutrient stress by hard clams.  Marine Ecology Progress Series 369:51-62. [Download PDF]
  • Valentine, J. F., K. L. Heck, Jr., B. J. Peterson, D. Blackmon, J. Christian, M. Goecker, R. M. Kroutil, M. Vanderklift and M. Beck.  2008.  Exploited species impacts on trophic linkages along reef-seagrass interfaces in the Florida keys.  Ecological Applications 18: 1501-1515. [Download PDF]
  • Wall, C. C., B. J. Peterson, andC. J. Gobler.  2008.  The facilitation of eelgrass (Zostera marina) productivity by suspension feeding bivalves in an experimental setting.  Marine Ecology Progress Series 357: 165-174. [Download PDF]
  • Peterson, B. J., T. Frankovich and J. C. Zieman.  2007.  Response of seagrass epiphyte loading to field manipulations of fertilization, gastropod grazing and leaf turnover rates.  Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 349: 61-72. [Download PDF]
  • Weiss, M. B., P. B. Curran, B. J. Peterson and C. J. Gobler.  2007.  The influence of water quality on hard clam (Mercenaria mercenaria L.) populations across Long Island’s south shore lagoon estuaries.  Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 345: 12-25. [Download PDF]
  • Warren, J. D. and B. J. Peterson.  2007.  Classification of estuarine bottom habitat and vegetation canopy height using backscatter intensity from an acoustic doppler current profiler.  Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 72: 53-62. [Download PDF]
  • Valentine, J. F., K. L. Heck, Jr., D. Blackmon, M. E. Goecker, J. Christian, R. M. Kroutil, K. D. Kirsch, B. J. Peterson, M. Beck and M. A. Vanderklift.  2007. Food web interactions along seagrass-coral reef boundaries: effects of piscivore reductions on cross-habitat energy exchange. Marine Ecology Progress Series 333: 37-50. [Download PDF]
  • Peterson, B. J., C. M. Chester and J. W. Fourqurean.  2006.  Potential role of sponge communities in controlling phytoplankton blooms in Florida Bay.  Marine Ecology Progress Series 328: 93-103. [Download PDF]
  • Gobler, C. J., D. B. Thibault, T. W. Davis, P. B. Curran, B. J. Peterson and L. B. Liddle.  2006.  Algal assemblages associated with Stegastes sp. Territories on Indo-Pacific coral reefs: Characterization of diversity and controls on growth.  Journal of Experimental Marine Biology 336: 135-145. [Download PDF]
  • Fourqurean, J. W., J. N. Boyer, M. J. Durako, B. J. Peterson and L. N. Hefty.  2003.  Forecasting responses of seagrass distributions to changing water quality using monitoring data.  Ecological Applications 13(2): 474-489. [Download PDF]
  • Peterson, B. J., C. D. Rose, L. Rutten and J. W. Fourqurean.  2002.  Disturbance and recovery following catastrophic grazing: studies of a successional chronosequence in a seagrass bed.  OKIOS 97:361-370. [Download PDF]
  • Peterson, B. J., K. R. Thompson, J. H. Cowan, Jr. and K. L. Heck, Jr. 2001. Comparison of predation pressure in temperate and subtropical regions based on chronographic tethering. Marine Ecology Progress Series 224: 77-85. [Download PDF]
  • Peterson, B. J. and K. L. Heck. 2001. An experimental test of the mechanism by which suspension feeding bivalves elevate seagrass productivity. Marine Ecology Progress Series 218: 115-125.  [Download PDF]
  • Peterson B. J. and J.W. Fourqurean.  2001.  Large-scale patterns in seagrass (Thalassia testudinum) demographics in south Florida.  Limnology and Oceanography 46:1077-1090 [Download PDF]
  • Peterson, B. J. and K. L. Heck.  2001.  Positive interactions between suspension feeding bivalves and seagreabivalves and seagrass assemblages – a facultative mutualism. Marine Ecology Progress Series 213: 143-155.  [Download PDF]
  • Peterson, B. J. and K. L. Heck. 1999. The potential for suspension feeding bivalves to increase seagrass productivity. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 240:37-52.  [Download PDF]

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2018 Call for Summer Research Assistants

The Peterson Marine Community Ecology Lab is seeking to interview and select eight to ten (8 – 10) highly motivated volunteer research assistants for summer 2018 to work on several dissertation and monitoring projects. Research hours can be used towards research credit hours with Dr. Bradley Peterson. (High school students, please take note: the minimum age to be considered for a volunteer position with us is 17).

Volunteers will be asked to commit at least two days per week from late May/June through August. Exact starting and end dates are negotiable.

We specifically look for people who are comfortable and enjoy being outdoors, especially in the field on boats and in the water. Volunteers should be in good physical shape and enjoy hands-on work. Ability to swim is a requirement. Certified divers are strongly encouraged to apply.

If interested, please send your CV/resume and a list of available meeting times to Diana Chin and Stephen Heck (, Please note that it is unlikely that you will work exclusively on one project, though you might work primarily on one or two. We think that exploring a variety of research questions and methods is essential to your scientific development!

Summer Research Topics:

Steve Heck: predator-prey interactions among fish, crabs, and bivalves

Steve will be researching how black sea bass influence trophic cascades that govern the survival of bivalves such as blue mussels and bay scallops. Experiments will be conducted both in mesocosm tanks at the Stony Brook University Southampton Marine Station as well as in the field in Shinnecock Bay, NY.

Alyson Lowell: seagrasses and ocean acidification

Alyson will employ a myriad of field and laboratory approaches to investigate how carbon dioxide enrichment affects carbonate chemistry in seagrass communities and whether seagrasses will serve as a refuge for marine organisms in a high CO2 world. Students working with her will be exposed to exciting field and laboratory techniques and will be taught to run successful ocean acidification experiments. Volunteers who are field oriented and SCUBA certified are encouraged.

Kaitlyn O’Toole: water quality and bio-optical modeling

This summer Kaitlyn will be continuing work on a bio-optical model (generally having to do with how much light reaches the bottom of the water column), which will be used to target feasible areas of seagrass restoration. This involves plenty of fieldwork in both Peconic and Great South Bay: water sampling weekly, SCUBA transect dives for site characteristics, productivity and epiphyte measurements in seagrass, sediment sampling, tidal/wave current velocity measurements, and drone imagery of seagrass sites. Kaitlyn is typically out on the water 1-3 times a week, depending on the weather. You will learn how to collect and filter whole water samples, use the equipment to measure water column properties, learn about and snorkel (or SCUBA if certified) around seagrass, learn sampling techniques for seagrass, water, and sediments, and obtain boating experience.

Leah Reidenbach: food webs, invertebrate physiology, and ocean acidification

Leah will be developing a method for using underwater photomosaics as a tool for building food webs in seagrass ecosystems. She will compare food webs across a eutrophication gradient to test if food web characteristics can determine differences in ecosystem stability. Volunteers will get experience with fieldwork and sampling animal tissue for stable isotope analysis. She will also be testing the effects of ocean acidification and temperature on mud crab physiology. Here, volunteers will get experience with setting up ocean acidification experiments and testing animal physiology responses such as respiration and calcification.

Dylan Cottrell: seagrass community ecology

Dylan will broadly focus on species distributions, edge effects, habitat complexity, and/or seagrass community responses along a stress gradient (namely eutrophication).

Other Monitoring and Research

The lab will be deploying eelgrass- and shellfish-based restoration projects and conducting assessments of water quality, seagrass, and fauna in Great South Bay and Shinnecock Bay. For example, Diana Chin will be leading the Peterson lab’s benthic surveys for the Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program (ShiRP).

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