Conference Presentations

Professor John Commito’s recent conference presentations with students (7):

 Brittany Jones, Mitchell Jones, and John Commito.  2012.  Go with the flow: Biogenic structure types alter bedload transport and dispersal dynamics of macrofauna and meiofauna in Maine mussel beds.  Benthic Ecology Meeting, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia.

Mitchell Jones, Brittany Jones, and John Commito.  2012.  Mussel beds are mostly…mud and shells, not mussels! Ecosystem engineer cover types alter sediment, macrofauna, and meiofauna in Maine, USA.  Benthic Ecology Meeting, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia.

Alyse Yeager, John Commito, Andrew Wilson, and Lin Schwarzkopf.  2012.  Catching cane toads: Determining biological differences in cane toad (Rhinella marinus) trappability and assessing the effect of acoustic attractant position on cane toad capture rates.  Organization of Fish and Wildlife Information Managers Annual Conference, Austin, Texas.

John Commito, Brittany Jones, Mitchell Jones, and Sondra Winders.  2013.  Reefer madness: Shell hash expands spatial extent of bivalve reef impacts on ecosystem processes.  Benthic Ecology Meeting, Georgia Southern University, Savannah, Georgia.  

Brittany Jones, Mitchell Jones, Sondra Winders, and John Commito.  2013.  Live mussels and shell hash alter sediment flux and macrofauna and meiofauna dispersal.  Benthic Ecology Meeting, Georgia Southern University, Savannah, Georgia.

Sondra Winders, Brittany Jones, Mitchell Jones, and Serena Como.  2014.  Wind forcing of sediment flux and post-larval transport in a patchy, biogenically structured intertidal system.  Benthic Ecology Meeting, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.     

John Commito, Sondra Winders, Brittany Jones, Mitchell Jones, and Serena Como.  2014.  “Gone, gone, gone”: Legacy effects of mussel biogenic material on soft-bottom assemblages and ecosystem processes.  Benthic Ecology Meeting, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida. 

 

Professor John Commito’s students’ recent senior theses (4):

Brittany Jones (2011-2012). Go with the flow: Biogenic structure types alter bedload transport and dispersal dynamics of macrofauna and meiofauna in Maine mussel beds. 

Mitchell Jones (2011-2012). Mussel beds are mostly…mud and shells, not mussels! Ecosystem engineer cover types alter sediment, macrofauna, and meiofauna in Maine, USA. 

Alyse Yeager (2011-2012). Catching cane toads: Determining biological differences in cane toad (Rhinella marinus) trappability and assessing the effect of acoustic attractant position on cane toad capture rates. 

Sondra Winders (2013-2014). Wind forcing of sediment flux and post-larval transport in a patchy, biogenically structured intertidal system.

 


 

Abstracts/Conference Presentations:                         (* denotes student co-author)

Hampsch, Alyson*, Principato, Sarah M., and Emmons, Elizabeth*, 2014, Using sedimentology and GIS analysis to interpret paleo-ice flow in northern Iceland. NE Geological Society of America meeting in Lancaster, PA, March 23-25, 2014

Principato, Sarah M., Lee, Jessica F.*, and Hampsch, Alyson*, 2013. GIS analysis of cirques on Vestfirðir, northwest Iceland: Implications for paleoclimate.  Geological Society of America meeting in Denver, CO, Abstracts with Programs, vol. 45.

Principato, Sarah M.,  Reed, Andrew*, Markus, Julie*, Baron, Gregory*, and Hampsch, Alyson*, 2013. A record of Holocene environmental change interpreted from peat in eastern Maine.  NE Geological Society of America meeting in Bretton Woods, NH, March 18 - 20, 2013.

La Cruz, Nikita* Principato, Sarah M., 2013. Assessing the impact of industrialization on lead levels in soils on the Gettysburg College Campus: A Chemical and Spatial Analysis. Northeast Geological Society of America meeting in Bretton Woods, NH, vol. 45.

Lee, Jessica F.* and Principato, Sarah M., 2013. Using GIS to reconstruct paleo equilibrium-line altitudes from cirques in Northwest Iceland.  Northeast Geological Society of America meeting in Bretton Woods, NH, vol. 45.

Moyer, Alexis N* and Principato, Sarah M., 2013.  Using GIS and streamlined landforms to interpret paleo-ice flow in Northern Iceland. Northeast Geological Society of America meeting in Bretton Woods, NH, vol. 45.

Lee, Jessica F.* and Principato, Sarah M., 2013. Using GIS to reconstruct paleo equilibrium-line altitudes from cirques in Northwest Iceland.  43rd International Arctic Workshop Program and Abstracts, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), University of Colorado at Boulder, 165 pp.

Moyer, Alexis N* and Principato, Sarah M., 2013.  Using GIS and streamlined landforms to interpret paleo-ice flow in Northern Iceland. 43rd International Arctic Workshop Program and Abstracts, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), University of Colorado at Boulder, 165 pp.

Principato, Sarah M., Jasion, Christina M.*, Moyer, Alexis N.*, Rossiter, Cole D.*, Rouillard, Elizabeth G.*, Taormina, Rebecca A.*, and Wooldredge, Brian D.*, 2012, Physical Weathering at Devil’s Den, Gettysburg National Military Park, PA. Geological Society of America meeting in Charlotte, NC, Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 44, No. 7, p.92.
  


 

Walter, Jon and Rutherford Platt. 2010. Detection and Modeling of a Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreak in Colorado, 2002-2009. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers. April 14-18, 2010. Washington, DC.

Principato, Sarah M., Jones, Brittany, and Jones, Mitchell, 2010, Geomorphic evidence for fast ice flow south of Hunafloi, North Iceland. Geological Society of America meeting in Denver, CO, Abstracts with Programs, vol. 42, No. 5, p. 243.

Reed, Andrew and Principato, Sarah M., 2010. Loss-on-ignition and humification of a peat core from Quoddy Head State Park, ME. Northeast-Southeast Geological Society of America meeting in Baltimore, MD March 21-23, 2009.

Baron, Gregory, Principato, Sarah M., and Jones, Brittany, 2010. Loss-on-ignition and humifiation index of peat deposits near Penobscot, ME: Implications for Holocene Climate. Northeast-Southeast Geological Society of America meeting in Baltimore, MD March 21-23, 2009.

John Commito, Danielle Bates, Sara Coleman, and Natasha Gownaris. 2011. Chemical cues, selfish herds, and power-law spatial structure in Maine mussel beds. Benthic Ecology Meetings, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Mobile, Alabama.

Danielle Bates, Sara Coleman, Natasha Gownaris, and John Commito. 2010. Predator chemical cues alter mussel self-organizing aggregation rates and patch metrics. But so do non-predator cues! Benthic Ecology Meetings, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, North Carolina.

Sara Coleman, Danielle Bates, Natasha Gownaris, and John Commito. 2010. Predator and non-predator chemical cues alter mussel self-organization into power-law clusters. Benthic Ecology Meetings, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, North Carolina. J.T. Markus and Sarah Principato, 2009, "Holocene environmental conditions interpreted from coastal mudflats and peat in Washington County, Maine." Northeast Geological Society of America Meeting in Portland, Maine. Abstracts with Programs, vol. 41.

J.T. Markus and Sarah Principato, 2009, "Sedimentology and humification index of peat deposits in New York and Maine, Northeast Geological Society of America Meeting in Portland, Maine." Abstracts with Programs, vol. 41.

John Commito, Ann Commito, Rutherford Platt, Benjamin Grupe, Wendy Dow, Natasha Gownaris, Kyle Reeves, and Allison Vissichelli. 2009. Positive recruitment feedback and self-organization in soft-bottom mussel beds. Benthic Ecology Meetings, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, Texas.

Christine Urbanowicz, John Commito, and Thomas Crawford. 2009. Does wind-generated wave exposure predict soft-bottom mussel bed (Mytilus edulis) occurrence in Maine? Benthic Ecology Meetings, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, Texas.

Tasha Gownaris and John Commito. 2008. Are mussel beds selfish herds? Mussels self-organize into fractal aggregations. Benthic Ecology Meetings, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.

Kyle Reeves and John Commito. 2008. Foundation species effects on substrate selection: epifaunal and infaunal amphipods respond differentially to mussel bed biogenic structure and terrestrially-derived sediment. Benthic Ecology Meetings, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.

Allison Vissichelli and John Commito. 2008. Positive feedback and self-organization in a soft-bottom system: mussel recruitment is greater to live mussels and mussel shell hash than to terrestrially-derived gravel and muddy sand. Benthic Ecology Meetings, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.

 


T.C. Barton and Sarah Principato, 2006, "Holocene Climate Variability Interpreted from Peat Deposits on Northwest Iceland," Geological Society of America, Abstracts with programs, vol. 38.

Alexandra Bigler, Margaret Dobbs, Brian James, Emily Montgomery, Matthew Shank and Randall Wilson, 2008, "Don't Sprawl on Us": Assessing the Costs of Sprawl and Its Alternatives in southern Pennsylvania. Association of American Geographers Annual Meetings, Boston, MA.

Stuart Brown, Emily Chessin, David Conrad, Samantha Linton, Lauren Rapoza, Andrew Ziegler, and Randall Wilson, 2006, Rethinking Urban Sprawl in Rural Pennsylvania: Mitigating Ecological Impacts through Spatial Analysis. 12th Annual International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Awarded runner-up for best research poster presentation.

Igusky, K.A., and Principato, S.M., 2006, Characteristics of Diamicton from Vestfirdir and the mainland of Iceland: Implications for Provenance, GSA Abstracts with Programs, vol. 38.

Barton, T.C., and Principato, S.M., 2006, Sedimentology and Humification Analyses of Peat Deposits from Northwest Iceland, GSA Abstracts with Programs, vol. 38.

Principato, S.M., and Barton, T.C., 2006, Holocene Climate Variability Interpreted from Peat Deposits on Northwest Iceland, GSA Abstracts with programs.

John Commito, Ann Commito, Rutherford Platt, Benjamin Grupe, and Wended. 2006. Species relationships across spatial scales in spatially complex soft-bottom mussel beds, an intertidal resource contested by draggers and diggers. European Marine Biology Symposium, Cork, Ireland.

John Commito, Wendy Dow, Benjamin Grupe, and Rutherford Platt.2006. Multi-level modeling of nested benthic samples: species relationships in mussel beds, a contested natural resource in Maine. Benthic Ecology Meetings, Université Laval, Québec City, Canada.

Principato, S.M and Johnson, J. S., 2005, Geomorphic Evidence for Independent Icecaps on Northwest Iceland, GSA Abstracts with Programs, vol. 37.

Benjamin Grupe and John Commito. 2003. Ecosystem engineer effects across spatial scales on in fauna and epifauna in an exploited soft-bottom system: preliminary results from Maine mussel beds. Benthic Ecology Meetings, University of Connecticut, Groton, Connecticut.

Wendy Dow and John Commito. 2003. From cores to counties: hierarchical analysis of soft-bottom mussel bed spatial structure across scales in Maine, USA. Benthic Ecology Meetings, >University of Connecticut, Groton, Connecticut.

Emily Celano, Holly Celico, Craig Johnson, and John Commito. 2002.Ecosystem engineers alter benthic processes: power law transport of sediment, larvae, and postlarvae in a spatially complex mussel bed. Benthic Ecology Meetings, Florida State University, Orlando, Florida.

Koren Holland, Mark Beckler, Carla Colicigno, James Gallagher, and John Commito. 2000. Sequencing beyond the cytochromec oxidase subunit I gene in Gemma gemma. Benthic Ecology Meetings, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, North Carolina.

Emily Celano and John Commito. 2000. Postlarval macrofauna dispersal in a two-habitat mosaic of bare sediment and mussels. Benthic Ecology Meetings, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, North Carolina.

Christopher Wahlers, Koren Holland, and John Commito. 1999. Genetic structure of Gemma gemma across spatial scales revealed by mtDNA sequencing. Benthic Ecology Meetings, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Taryn Losch, Koren Holland, and John Commito. 1998. Is Gemma gemma mtDNA inheritance strictly maternal? Benthic Ecology Meetings, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida.

Amy Dickerson, Koren Holland, and John Commito. 1998. Genetic structure across spatial scales in the brooding bivalve Gemma gemma. Benthic Ecology Meetings, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida.

Brian Rusignuolo and John Commito. 1998. Structural complexity in mussel beds: is three-dimensional topography fractal? Benthic Ecology Meetings, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida.

Craig Johnson and John Commito. 1998. Meiofauna dispersal rates in bedload over a patchy mosaic of bare sediment and mussels. Benthic Ecology Meetings, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida.

Holly Celico and John Commito. 1998. Differential Mytilus edulis recruitment to artificial substrate in patches of bare sediment and mussels. Benthic Ecology Meetings, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida.

John Badger, Koren Holland, and John Commito. 1997. Use of mitochondrial DNA sequencing to determine genetic structure across spatial scales in the brooding bivalve Gemma gemma. Benthic Ecology Meetings, University of Maine, Portland, Maine.

Yvonne Werzinsky and John Commito. 1997. Passive bedload transport of harpacticoid copepods in a Maine coastal embayment. Benthic Ecology Meetings, University of Maine, Portland, Maine.

James Manning and John Commito. 1995. Postlarval dispersal dynamics in a soft-bottom habitat. Benthic Ecology Meetings, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina.

Jill Abrahamson, Derek Risso, and John Commito. 1995. Benthic dispersal in a low-energy, soft-bottom environment. Benthic Ecology Meetings, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.