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Dr. Gerard M. Capriulo

Dr. Gerard M. Capriulo received his B.S. in biology from St. John’s University, New York, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in oceanography from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He currently holds an endowed chair position as Fletcher Jones Professor of Marine Biology and Environmental Sciences, and serves as chair of the biology department at Saint Mary’s College of California. He previously held positions as professor and long-term chair of environmental sciences, State University of New York, Purchase, and as a research scientist at the University of Connecticut.

Dr. Capriulo has served on several science advisory boards, including for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Connecticut Audubon Society, and the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Connecticut, and on the boards of several other environmental organizations. He is a past Jessie Smith Noyes fellow and has been a session chairman, invited and keynote speaker at NATO Advanced Study Institutes, and elsewhere. He also is an avid nature photographer and has had images exhibited and published.

His main research interests are in the areas of: 1. the role played by symbiosis in the structuring of marine ecological interactions (presently focused on the relationship between Aggregating anemones and their endosymbiotic algae); 2. the structure and functioning of estuarine and coastal near shore systems and food webs, with particular interest in plankton (i.e. zooplankton, phytoplankton, protozoan and bacterial) interactions and how they influence fish and shellfish populations; and 3. the isolation and characterization of antimicrobial compounds (natural products chemistry) derived from marine organisms.

In the past he has evaluated the impact of zooplankton and microzooplankton feeding on phytoplankton and bacterial biomass, and has studied zooplankton physiology. He carried out one of the first comprehensive, seasonal field studies of the relationship between nutrient loading and consequential alterations in the planktonic food web structure leading to finfish and shellfish, in a major estuary, and has been involved in estuarine, near shore and open ocean marine endeavors in Atlantic and Pacific waters, the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Sargasso Seas, and the Sea of Cortez. He also identified and studied the significance of endoparasitism of krill by ciliates, and examined the effects of hydrocarbons and heavy metals on behavior, physiology and community structure in the plankton. Additionally, he has worked on general theoretical and empirical models related to ecological questions and have studied the effects of environmental variables on the production of kidney stones in mollusks.

He has numerous scientific and popular publications including a research textbook on marine protozoan ecology published by Oxford University Press and a non-fiction book on the symbiotic nature of the universe published by Global Outlook Publications.

Last updated October 19 2011