The Marine Flora of Bermuda
My other research interests include morphological studies and the biodiversity of attached tropical marine algae. Currently, I am investigating the flora from the intertidal to deep subtidal waters of the Bermuda islands, and the phytogeographic relationships of Bermuda with the Caribbean and eastern Atlantic islands.

Systematics and Ecology of Vaucheria species
A systematic/ecological investigation of an important mud stabilizing yellow-green alga, Vaucheria, involves collections and observations in various Connecticut freshwater wetlands, as well as the manipulation of cultures in the laboratory. Various species are collected from ponds, rivers, streams, marshes, and drainage ditches throughout the state, and cultured in the lab with the purpose of isolating clonal populations. Most of the species in this genus worldwide are broadly euryhaline, which means that, unlike most other living organisms, they can acclimate from freshwater to full-strength sea water or even greater salinity. Some of the research problems of interest to my lab, aside from basic taxonomy and distribution of local populations, include comparisons of reproductive behavior of Vaucheria under a variety of temperature and photoperiod conditions, chemical constituencies of the various species that reside sympatrically, and the effects of salinity, desiccation, extremes of temperature, hypoxia and anoxia, and environmental pollutants on the survival of the several species isolated from Connecticut habitats.

Additional Research Topics in My Lab:

Members of the Trinity Algae Lab attending the 49th Northeast Algal Symposium in April 2010 at Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI. L to R, Dan McDevit ('01), PhD candidate UNB; Chris Lane ('99), Assist. Prof. URI; Riley Lane with dad, Schneider; Gina Filloramo ('10), Lilly Hancock ('08), grad student URI; Elisabeth Cianciola ('10) [winner of the President's Award at NEAS for best undergraduate presentation]; Justin Pool ('08), grad student Ohio University; Thea Popolizio, grad student in Chris' and Trinity labs.

Past

  • Laura A. MacDonald 1992, Effects of Various Salinities on a Salt-marsh Alga, Vaucheria (Chrysophyta, Xanthophyceae). [B.S. Biology with honors, 1992; M.A.T. Biology, SUNY Binghamton, 1994]
  • Harlan L. Miller 1993, Effects of Various Nitrate Concentrations on Growth of Two Freshwater Species of Vaucheria (Tribophyceae, Chrysophyta) in vitro. [B.S. Biology with honors, 1993; M.S. Plant Biology, University of Massachusetts, 1996; Ph.D. Marine Science, University of Texas, 2002]
  • Britt M. Stockton 1993, The Effect of Salinity on Two Freshwater Vaucheria Species (Tribophyceae, Chrysophyta) from North America. [B.S. Biology with honors, 1993; Ph.D., Tufts University Medical School, 1999; M.D., Tufts University, 2001]
  • Rebecca F. Lawrence 1993, American Wilderness Policy: In Theory and in Practice. [B.A. Environmental Studies with honors, 1993]
  • Meghan K. Riley 1995, The Effects of Salinity and Desiccation on Freshwater Vaucheria (Tribophyceae, Chrysophyta) from North America. [B.S. Biology with honors, 1995; M.A., Duke University, 1998]
  • Bryan C. Horling 1996, Using Lindenmayer-systems to Model the Growth of the Net-forming Red Alga, Rhododictyon bermudensis W.R.Taylor. [B.S. Biology with honors and Computer Science with honors, 1996; M.S., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, 1998, 2005]
  • Anna Norland 1998, Survey of the Freshwater Species of the Genus Vaucheria De Candolle (Vaucheriaceae, Tribophyceae, Chrysophyta) in Connecticut. [B.S. Biology with honors, 1998; M.Ed., Harvard University, 1999]
  • Christopher E. Lane 1999, Systematic and Ecological Studies of the Genus Vaucheria DC. (Vaucheriaceae, Tribophyceae, Chrysophyta). [B.S. Biology with honors, 1999; Ph.D., University of New Brunswick, 2004—University-wide prize for most outstanding dissertation, 2004]
  • Megan E. Dunphy 2000, The Effects of Desiccation, Freezing and Sediment Depth on Vaucheria DC. (Vaucheriaceae, Tribophyceae, Chrysophyta) Propagules in Connecticut Riparian Sediments. [B.S. Biology with honors, 2000; M.Ed., University of Chicago, 2002]
  • Daniel C. McDevit 2001, The Effects of Repeated Freeze/Thaw Cycles on Vaucheria Propagules in New England Riparian Sediments. [B.S. Biology with honors, 2001; M.Ed., Boston University, 2005; Ph.D. candidate, University of New Brunswick]
  • Caitlyn Hunt 2002, The Effects of Extended Hypoxia on Vaucheria Propagules in Riparian Sediments. [B.S. Biology with honors, May 2002; M.S., Duke University School of the Environment, 2004]
  • Elisabeth Cianciola 2010, Molecular Assisted Alpha Taxonomy of the Genus Centroceras (Ceramiaceae, Ceramiales) in Bermuda, Western Atlantic [B.S. Environmental Science with honors, May 2010]
  • Maggie Thomas 2010, [B.S. Environmental Science with honors, May 2010]

Present

  • Amy Kivela 2012, Phylogenetic studies of the Peyssonneliaceae from Bermuda
  • Tayoot (Todd) Chengsupanimit 2014, Phylogenetic studies of miscellaneous red algae (Rhodophyta) from Bermuda
  • Nik Schultz 2014, MAAT studies of Lobophora in the western Atlantic
  • Phong Quach 2017, FY apprentice
  • Dylan Spagnuolo 2017, FY apprentice
  • Thea Popolizio, Ph.D. candidate, URI. Molecular-assisted alpha taxonomy of Bermuda Rhodophyta