Research Projects

Current Projects

2014-2016

Omnibus Research

Facilitating Natural Dune Building
Dr. Nancy L. Jackson, Principal Investigator
Center for Natural Resources Development and Protection
New Jersey Institute of Technology
973-596-8467
jacksonn@njit.edu

Advancing Eastern Oyster Aquaculture through Marker-Assisted Selection
Dr. Ximing Guo- Principal Investigator
Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory
Rutgers- IMCS
856-785-0074 x 4324
xguo@hsrl.rutgers.edu

Development of Historically-Calibrated Sea Level Rise Projections for Risk Management Along the New Jersey Shore
Dr. Robert E. Kopp- Principal Investigator
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Rutgers University
732-200-2705
robert.kopp@rutgers.edu 

Determining Sustainable Catch Limits for Data-Poor Fisheries in New Jersey: Validation and Refinement of a Data-Poor Harvest Control Rule
Dr. John Wiedenmann- Principal Investigator
Rutgers- IMCS
631-513-8748
john.wiedenmann@gmail.com

Understanding the Impacts of Climate Change on the Distribution, Population Connectivity, and Fisheries for Summer Flounder in the Mid-Atlantic 
Dr. Malin Pinsky- Principal Investigator
Rutgers- IMCS
848-932-8242
malin.pinsky@rutgers.edu

2012-2014

Omnibus Research

The Decline of Winter Flounder: Influences of Changes in Connectivity Between Estuaries and the Inner Continental Shelf
Dr. Kenneth Able
Rutgers University – IMCS
609-296-5260 ext. 230
able@marine.rutgers.edu

Dr. Thomas Grothues
Rutgers University – IMCS
609-296-5260 ext. 262
grothues@marine.rutgers.edu

Evaluating Ecological and Social Impacts of New Jersey Legislation Regulating Fertilizer Nitrogen Loads to Barnegat Bay – Little Egg Harbor Estuary by Using Isotopic Signatures, Seagrass Demographics, Social Response and Communications
Dr. Michael Kennish
Rutgers University – IMCS
609-296-5260 ext. 262
kennish@marine.rutgers.edu

Dr. Benjamin Fertig
Rutgers University – IMCS
301-785-7614
fertig@marine.rutgers.edu

The Influence of Estuary Geomorphology on Accretion of Coastal Wetlands: A Potential for Priority Planning for New Jersey’s Coastal Areas Vulnerable to Sea Level Rise
Dr. David Velinsky
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
215-299-1147
velinsky@ansp.org

Dr. Tracy Quirk
Academy of Natural Sciences
215-299-1109
quirk@ansp.org

Economic Vulnerability to Climate Change on the Jersey Shore: Promoting Adaptation, Resilience and Sustainability in Coastal New Jersey
Dr. Robin Leichenko
Rutgers University
848-445-4056
rleichen@rci.rutgers.edu
Economic Vulnerability to Climate Change in Coastal New Jersey: A Stakeholder-Based Assessment. World Scientific, 2014

Dr. Richard Lathrop
Rutgers University
732-932-1580
lathrop@crssa.rutgers.edu

 Development Research

Comparative Analysis of Bivalve Clearance Rates for Restoration Management
Dr. David Bushek
Rutgers University – Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory
856-785-0074 ext. 4327
bushek@hsrl.rutgers.edu

Developing the Sampling Protocols and Competencies Needed to Monitor Effectiveness of a Rain Garden Designed for Nitrogen Removal
Dr. Louise Wootton
Georgian Court University
732-987-2349
woottonl@georgian.edu

 

Past Research Projects

The list below represents all research projects funded by the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium from 1998 through 2010.  If you’re interested in obtaining more information about a specific project and no link is avaliable, please contact the researcher directly.

2010 – 20122008 – 2010 | 2006 – 2008 | 2004 – 2006 | 2002 – 2004 | 2000 – 2002 | 1998 – 2000

For information about research projects funded prior to 1998, please contact NJSGC Communications at 732-872-1300 ext. 18.

2010-2012

Omnibus Research

Meteorological modulation of the exchange between Raritan Bay and the Coastal Ocean – R/6010-0013
Dr. Robert Chant
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
732-932-6555 x544
chant@marine.rutgers.edu

Reducing uncertainty in stock-recruitment relationships and fishery reference points using Bayesian meta-analysis – R/6010-0011
Dr. Olaf Jensen
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
732-932-6555
olaf.p.jensen@gmail.com

Assessing plant performance of ‘Cape’ American Beachgrass, Ammophila breviligulata, against local Beachgrass ecotypes – R/6010-0030
Dr. Michael Peek
William Paterson University
973-720-2247
peekm@wpunj.edu

Collection of Sex-Ratio Data for Summer Flounder Landings: Commercial and Recreational – R/6010-0012
Dr. Eric N. Powell
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory
856-785-0074 x4309
eric@hsrl.rutgers.edu

Development Research

Underwater survey and mapping of temperate artificial and natural reef habitats for modeling of productivity and trophic linkage to black sea bass and tautog fisheries
Dr. Peter Straub
Richard Stockton College
609-652-4556
pete.straub@stockton.edu

Assessing Impacts of Catch and Release Practices on Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis) Implications for Conservation and Management
John Tiedemann
Monmouth University
732-263-5545
jtiedema@monmouth.edu

2008-2010

Omnibus Research

Habitat dynamics of adult winter flounder: Connectivity between estuaries and inner continental shelves influence management of human impacts associated with dredging – R⁄6840–0002
Dr. Kenneth W. Able
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
609-296-5260 Ext. 230
able@marine.rutgers.edu

Shoreline stabilization and ecosystem enhancement of eroding marsh habitats using intertidal reef communities – R⁄6840–0003
Dr. David Bushek
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
856-785-0074 Ext. 4327
bushek@hsrl.rutgers.edu

Marker-assisted breeding technology for the eastern oyster – R⁄6840–0005
Dr. Ximing Guo
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
856-785-0074
xguo@hsrl.rutgers.edu

Evaluation of wind and wave processes critical in sustaining beach backshore environments – R⁄6840–0004
Dr. Karl Nordstrom
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
732-932-6555
nordstro@marine.rutgers.edu

An unwelcome guest: Is the presence of the invasive swim bladder parasite, Anguillicola crassus, influencing American eel (Anguilla rostrata) recruitment in New Jersey estuaries? – R⁄6848–0001
Dr. Mark Sullivan
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
609-626-3575
mark.sullivan@stockton.edu

Assessing the impact of the invasive Asiatic sand sedge, Carex kobomugi, on coastal dune communities in New Jersey. – R⁄6847–0001
Dr. Louise Wootton
Georgian Court University
732-987-2349
woottonL@georgian.edu

Development Research

System Dynamic Model Development for Passaic River Watershed Sustainability and Environmental Management Study
Dr. Huan Feng
Montclair State University
973-655-7549
fengh@mail.montclair.edu

Sub-lethal effects of contaminants on ontogeny of larval fishes: effects of changes in morphology and behavior on predation risk
Dr. Ursula A. Howson
Monmouth University
732-571-4432
uhowson@monmouth.edu

2006 – 2008

Omnibus Research

Slipping Away? What can glass eel stages tell us about the decline of the American eel (Anguilla rostrata) in the Middle Atlantic Bight estuaries? (R/6640-002)
Dr. Kenneth Able
Rutgers University
609-296-5260 ext. 230
able@marine.rutgers.edu

Assessing the population genetic structure of eelgrass (Zostera marina L.): implications for management and restoration of a coastal habitat (R/6642-001)
Dr. Paul Bologna
Montclair State University
973-655-4112
bolognap@mail.montclair.edu

Estimation of the Fall Velocity of Suspended Sediment in the Passaic River, NJ (R/6640-003)
Dr. David Fugate
Rutgers University
732-932-6555 ext. 233
fugate@marine.rutgers.edu

Phragmites australisinvasion and consequent effects on Fiddler Crab behavior and bioturbation (R/6646-001)
Dr. Michael Grove
Rowan University
856-256-4500 ext. 3579
grove@rowan.edu

Effects of Bulkheads on Horseshoe Crab Spawning and Egg Availability to Shorebirds (R/6644-001)
Ms. Nancy Jackson
New Jersey Institute of Technology
973-596-8467
jacksonn@njit.edu

Development of an HF Radar Derived Near-shore Wave and Current Product: Application to Rip Current Probability Along the New Jersey Coast (R/6640-001)
Dr. Josh Kohut
Rutgers University
732-932-6555 ext. 542
kohut@marine.rutgers.edu

Development Research

Isolation and Identification of Antimicrobial Compounds from Marine Epiphytic Bacteria (R/D-2005-1)
Dr. John Berger
Montclair State University
973-655-7118
bergerj@mail.montclair.edu

Genetic Stock Assessment of NJ Bay Scallops using Microsatellite Primers (R/D-2005-2)
Dr. James Campanella
Montclair State University
973-655-4097
campanellj@mail.montclair.edu

State Policymaking Institutions and Managing Biodiversity in Delaware Bay (R/D-2005-3)
Dr. Maurie Cohen
New Jersey Institute of Technology
609-596-5281
mcohen@adm.njit.edu

Modeling the Sensitivity of Acoustic Telemetry Gate Escapement to Seven User-defined Variables (R/D-6605-0002)
Dr. Thomas Grothues
Rutgers University
609-296-5260 ext. 262
grothues@marine.rutgers.edu

Root Dynamics and Population Performance in American Beachgrass, Ammophila breviligulata (R/D-2005-6)
Dr. Michael Peek
William Paterson University
973-720-2247
peekm@wpunj.edu

Distribution of Corbicula fluminea in New Jersey (R/D-2005-4)
Dr. Robert Prezant
Montclair State University
973-655-5108
prezantr@mail.montclair.edu

Developing the Proficiency to Monitor PolyBrominated Diphenyl Ether (PBDE) Contamination Levels in Barnegat Bay (R/D-2005-5)
Dr. Andrew Weber
Georgian Court University
732-987-2367
weber@georgian.edu

Selectivity of Salinity, Municipal Sewage, Herbicides and Heavy Metals Toward the Development of Brown Tide Bloom (R/6605-0001)
Dr. Liping Wei
New Jersey Institute of Technology
973-596-5389
wei@adm.njit.edu

National Strategic Investment Grant (2007)
Validation of disease-resistance markers for marker-assisted selection in the eastern oyster

Dr. Ximing Guo
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
856-785-0074
xguo@hsrl.rutgers.edu

2004 – 2006

Omnibus Research

The Importance of Marginal and Restored Habitats to Horseshoe Crab Recruitment in Delaware Bay, NJ (R/F-2002)
Dr. Mark Botton
Fordham College
212-636-6327
botton@mary.fordham.edu

Determining the Potential for Horseshoe Crab Habitat Restoration Using Beach Nourishment (R/CZM-2004)
Dr. Nancy Jackson
New Jersey Institute of Technology
973-596-8467
nancy.jackson@njit.edu

Cumulative Effects and New Jersey Marine Fisheries (R/SLP-2004)
Dr. Bonnie McCay
Rutgers University
732-932-9153 ext. 314
mccay@aesop.rutgers.edu

Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in Coastal Waters of New Jersey and the Mid-Atlantic Region:  Importance of Dissolved Organic Matter in Stimulating Growth (R/ES-2004)
Dr. Sybil Seitzinger
Rutgers University
732-932-6555 ext. 342
sybil@imcs.rutgers.edu

Environmental Effects on Gene Expression in Winter Flounder (R/D-2002-3)
Dr. Peter Straub
Richard Stockton College of NJ
609-652-4556
pete.straub@stockton.edu

Development Research

Genomic Taxonomy for Identifying Aquatic Insects (R/D-2004-1)
Dr. Carolyn Bentivegna
Seton Hall University
973-275-2113
bentivca@shu.edu

Effects of an Invasive Grass on Fiddler Crab Activity and Bioturbation in New Jersey Salt Marshes (R/D-2004-2)
Dr. Michael Grove
Rowan University
856-256-4500 ext. 3579
grove@rowan.edu

Identifying Chironomid Species from the Hackensack Meadowlands using Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism (R/UG-2004-1)
Dr. Carolyn Bentivegna
Seton Hall University
973-275-2113
bentivca@shu.edu

Analysis of Rip Current Generation Along Stabilized Coastlines (R/D-2003-1)
Dr. Michael Bruno
Stevens Institute of Technology
201-216-5338
m1bruno@stevens-tech.edu

Using GIS to Integrate Pollution Data and Study Pollutant Source Function in the Passaic River System, NJ (R/D-2003-2)
Dr. Huan Feng
Montclair University
973-655-7549
fengh@mail.montclair.edu

Production and Evaluation of All-triploid and Disease-resistant Eastern Oysters for Aquaculture (R/OD-2003-1)
Dr. Ximing Guo
Rutgers University
856-785-0074 ext. 124
xguo@hsrl.rutgers.edu

Sustainable Development of Estuarine Shorelines-Linking Science with Local Decision-making to Manage Horseshoe Crab Populations in Delaware Bay (R/D-2004-3)
Dr. Nancy Jackson
New Jersey Institute of Technology
973-596-8467
jacksonn@njit.edu

The Effect of Commercial Fishing on the Population Structure and Reproductive Potential of the Blue Crab, Callinectes sapidus (R/D-2004-4)
Dr. Paul Jivoff
Rider University
609-895-5421
pjivoff@rider.edu

Spartina alterniflora and Phragmites australis as Habitat for the Ribbed Mussel, Geukensia demissa (Dillwyn) (R/D-2003-3)
Dr. Marion McClary
Fairleigh Dickinson University
201-692-2606
mcclary@fdu.edu

Restoration of Natural Landscapes on Shorefront Properties (R/D-2003-4)
Dr. Karl Nordstrom
Rutgers University
732-932-6555 ext. 502
nordstro@imcs.rutgers.edu

Elements as Tracers in Ear Otoliths and Soft Tissues of Bluefish Provide Information on Origin and Contaminant (R/D-2004-5)
Dr. William Saidel
Rutgers University
856-225-6336
saidel@crab.rutgers.edu

Optimization of Antioxidant Production by Dunaliella salina and Tetraselmis suecica (R/D-2004-6)
Dr. Dennis Shevlin
The College of NJ 609-771-2246
shevlin@tcnj.edu

Microarrays for the Study of Gene Expression in Winter Flounder (R/D-2003-5)
Dr. Peter Straub
Richard Stockton College of NJ
609-652-4556
pete.straub@stockton.edu

Are there Genetic Differences in Pristine versus Eutrophied Portions of Barnegat Bay? (R/UG-2004-2)
Dr. Louise Wootton
Georgian Court University
732-364-2200 ext. 349
woottonl@georgian.edu

Identification and Mapping of Oyster Genes Involved in Host-defense Against Dermo and MSX (R/OD-2003-2)
Dr. Ziniu Yu
Rutgers University
856-785-0074 ext. 140
carlzyu@hsrl.rutgers.edu

2002 – 2004

Omnibus Research

Assessing Sediment Transport and Restoration Potential on Developed Coastal Dunes (R/CZM-2002)
Dr. Karl Nordstrom
Rutgers University
732-932-6555 ext. 502
nordstro@imcs.rutgers.edu

Differential Identification of Fecal Escherichia coli (E. coli) in the Manasquan River Estuary by Multiple Antibiotic Resistance Testing and DNA Fingerprinting Analysis (R/ES-2002-1)
Dr. Michael Palladino
Monmouth University
732-263-5543
mpalladi@monmouth.edu

Uptake of Toxic Metals by Natural Phytoplankton Assemblages in the Mid-Atlantic Bight
(R/ES-2002-2)
Dr. Robert Sherrell
Rutgers University
732-932-6555 ext. 252
sherrell@imcs.rutgers.edu

The Production of Pleurocidin, a Natural Antimicrobial Peptide from Winter Flounder, in Genetically Engineered Microorganisms for Food Application (Phase I) (R/BT-2002)
Dr. Tung-Ching Lee
Rutgers University
732-932-9611 ext. 236
lee@aesop.rutgers.edu

Development Research

Evaluating Biomarkers for Genetic Diversity in Chironomids from Kearny Marsh, NJ (R/UG-2002-1)
Dr. Carolyn Bentivegna
Seton Hall University
973-275-2113
bentivca@shu.edu

Assessment of Climatic and Human Activities on Shoreline Change (R/D-2004)
Dr. Nancy Jackson
New Jersey Institute of Technology
973-596-8467
nancy.jackson@njit.edu

Modeling Autotrophic Denitrification Kinetics (R/UG-2002-2)
Dr. Kauser Jahan
Rowan University
856-256-5323
jahan@rowan.edu

Identifying and Claiming the Coastal Commons in Industrialized and Gentrified Places (R/SCS-2002-1)
Dr. Bonnie McCay
Rutgers University
732-932-9153 ext. 314
mccay@aesop.rutgers.edu
Environmental Knowledge of Commercial Fishermen and its Application to Fisheries Management (R/SCS-2002-2)
Dr. Bryan Oles
Rutgers University
732-932-8797
oles@aesop.rutgers.edu

Continued Studies: Model Development & Chemical Characterization of Bioavailable Nitrogen Loading to Coastal Ecosystems (R/ES-2002-3)
Dr. Sybil Seitzinger
Rutgers University
732-932-6555 ext. 342
sybil@imcs.rutgers.edu

2000 – 2002

Omnibus Research

Essential Fish Habitat on the Inner Continental Shelf (R/F-2001)
Dr. Kenneth Able
Rutgers University
609-296-5260 ext. 230
able@arctic.rutgers.edu

Triploid-tetraploid Technology for Hard Clam Aquaculture (R/BT-2001)
Dr. Ximing Guo
Rutgers University
856-785-0074 ext. 124
xguo@hsrl.rutgers.edu

The Role of Metallothioneins in Marine Trophic Transfer of Metals (R/E-2002)
Dr. Francois Morel
Princeton University
609-258-2416
morel@geo.princeton.edu

Model Development and Chemical Characterization of Bioavailable Nitrogen Loading to Coastal Ecosystems (R/E-2001)
Dr. Sybil Seitzinger
Rutgers University
732-932-6555 ext. 342
sybil@imcs.rutgers.edu

Development Research

Assessing Bay Scallop (Argopecten irradians) Populations Structure and Reproduction: Potential for Stock Enhancement in Barnegat Bay, NJ (R/D-2000)
Dr. Paul Bologna
Fairleigh Dickinson University
973-443-8758
bologna@fdu.edu

Assessment of Eelgrass, Zostera marina, Health and Biomass in Relationship to the Occurrence and Intensity of Brown-tide Events in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey (R/D-2001-1)
Dr. Paul Bologna
Fairleigh Dickinson University

Installation of a Coastal Monitoring Network at Long Branch, NJ (R/D-2001-3)
Dr. Michael Bruno
Stevens Institute of Technology
201-216-5338
m1bruno@stevens-tech.edu

Assessing Shore Protection on Delaware Bay Beaches to Restore Habitat for Horseshoe Crab Spawning and Egg Viability (R/D-2002-1)
Dr. Nancy Jackson
New Jersey Institute of Technology
973-596-8467
nancy.jackson@njit.edu

Effects of Waves and Currents on Horseshoe Crab Egg Density and Availability to Shorebirds on Sandy Estuarine Beaches in New Jersey and Delaware (R/D-2001-2)
Dr. Nancy Jackson
New Jersey Institute of Technology
973-596-8467
nancy.jackson@njit.edu

Control of Range Expansion and Habitat Use of the Invasive Green Crab, Carcinus maenas, by a Native Predator-a Case of Biotic Resistance? (R/D-2002-2)
Dr. Paul Jivoff
Rider University
609-895-5421
pjivoff@rider.edu

Pollution Effects on Gene Expression in Winter Flounder (R/D-2003)
Dr. Peter Straub
Richard Stockton College of NJ
609-652-4556
pete.straub@stockton.edu

Fiddler Crabs as ‘Ecological Engineers’ in Phragmites vs. Spartina Marshes (R/D-2002-4)
Dr. Peddrick Weis
UMDNJ- New Jersey Medical School
973-972-4409
weis@umdnj.edu

Assessment of Spread Rates of Carex kobomugi (R/EXT-2002)
Dr. Louise Wootton
Georgian Court College
732-364-2200 ext. 349
woottonl@georgian.edu

Community Structure and Detrital Dynamics in Zostera marina and Ruppia maritima Beds in Barnegat Bay, Implications for Essential Fish Habitat (R/D-2002-5)
Dr. Louise Wootton
Georgian Court College
732-364-2200 ext. 349
woottonl@georgian.edu

1998 – 2000

Omnibus Research

Molecular Characterization of American Oyster Chromosomes by Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization (B/T-9801)
Dr. Ximing Guo
Rutgers University
856-785-0074 ext. 124
xguo@hsrl.rutgers.edu

Dynamic Mixing Zone Analysis and Biological Study to Evaluate the Effects of Chlorinated Municipal Wastewater on the Marine Environment (R/M-9802b)
Dr. Richard Hires
Stevens Institute of Technology
201-216-5676
rhires@stevens-tech.edu

Development Research

Breeding, Evaluation and Molecular Analysis of Oyster Strains Selected for Resistance to MSX, Dermo and JOD (ORDP-29) (R/OD-2001)
Dr. Ximing Guo
Rutgers University
856-785-0074 ext. 124
xguo@hsrl.rutgers.edu

Cooperative Regional Oyster Selective Breeding Project (R/OD-9908)
Dr. Ximing Guo
Rutgers University
856-785-0074 ext. 124
xguo@hsrl.rutgers.edu

Effects of Climate Variability on the Prevalence and Intensity of Dermo and MSX in Eastern Oyster Populations (R/OD-9913)
Dr. Eric Powell
Rutgers University
609-785-0075 ext. 109
eric@hsrl.rutgers.edu