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Robert M. Cerrato  

Kurt Bretsch
Provost's Outstanding Lecturer
Faculty Director, Semester by the Sea Program

Ph.D., 2005, University of South Carolina


Marine and Environmental Science Education, Coastal Community Ecology


Research Interests

My research interests are broad but fall within the realm of coastal and estuarine marine community ecology. I am interested in determining spatial and temporal distributions of economically and ecologically important fishes and macro-invertebrates and how changing patterns of habitat use reflect biotic and abiotic environmental conditions. My research typically includes a strong undergraduate education component. During recent projects, I created and used a novel sampling method, the sweep flume, to reveal patterns to the tidal migrations of fishes, shrimps, and crabs in salt marsh intertidal creeks. I have also collaborated with a student to investigate induced responses to stresses in a rocky intertidal alga and have led a team of undergraduates in exploring oyster growth at several sites in Shinnecock Bay and Great Peconic Bay. Courses I regularly teach include Ichthyology, Oceanography, Coastal Oceanography, Marine Conservation, Long Island Marine Habitats, Coastal Cultural Experience and Environmental Problems and Solutions. My focus is on undergraduate programming and I am currently not advising graduate students.


Bretsch, K., and D. M. Allen, 2006, Effects of Biotic Factors on the Depth Selection of Nekton, Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 334 (1): 130-138

Bretsch, K., and D. M. Allen, 2006, Tidal Migrations of Nekton in Salt Marsh Intertidal Creeks, Estuaries and Coasts 29 (3): 479-491


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