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Academics

Dr. Amy NS Siuda

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Associate Professor, Oceanography

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Background:
Amy Siuda joined Sea Education Association (SEA) as a member of the Oceanography faculty in 2007. Amy received a BA in Biology and French from Middlebury College in 1997 and a PhD in Oceanography from the University of Connecticut in 2007. Since participating in a SEA Semester as a student in 1995 (C-142), and before formally joining our faculty, Amy sailed as Assistant Scientist (Science Watch Officer) on seven semesters and several shorter summer programs, as Visiting Scientist on C-189, and as Chief Scientist on C-199 and C-209.

Research interests:
Importance of trophic interactions for control of planktonic primary production. Amy’s current research focuses specifically on direct and indirect impacts of copepods on the lower food web and how phytoplankton size and elemental composition modulate these effects. Amy has also participated in projects dealing with global studies of zooplankton recruitment, particle aggregation, monitoring of estuarine zooplankton biomass and composition, and statistical analysis of historical estuarine water quality.

Publications:
Irigoien et al. (2002) Copepod hatching success in marine ecosystems with high diatom concentrations. Nature 419: 387-389.

Siuda ANS and HG Dam. (2010) Effects of omnivory and predator-prey elemental stoichiometry on planktonic trophic interactions. Limnology and Oceanography 55: 2107-2116.

Dam HG, J O’Donnell, ANS Siuda. 2010. A synthesis of water quality and planktonic resource monitoring data for Long Island Sound. Final Report EPA Grant LI-97127501.

Siuda ANS and HG Dam. (In prep.) Latitudinal contrasts among planktonic trophic cascades in the western North Atlantic Ocean.

Siuda ANS and HG Dam (In prep.) Effect of algal size and elemental stoichiometry on trophic structure and grazing impacts among plankton in a temperate estuary.

Presentations:
Zettler ER, L Amaral Zetter, ANS Siuda, JO Jensen, C McClennen. Biodiversity in the global ocean - incorporating molecular biology in field-based approaches to undergraduate studies of marine conservation. World Conference of Marine Biodiversity, Aberdeen, Scotland. September 2011.

Siuda ANS, JO Jensen, ER Zettler, L Amaral Zettler, CX McClennen. Teaching and learning at the intersection of science and policy. National Marine Educators Association, Boston, MA. June 2011.

Siuda ANS, JO Jensen, ER Zettler, CX McClennen, L Amaral Zettler. Cross-disciplinary undergraduate curricula: applying biodiversity research to conservation policy (poster). 2nd International Marine Conservation Congress, Victoria, BC. May 2011.

Morét-Ferguson S, ANS Siuda, G Proskurowski, JM Schell, M Engels, N Twichell, ER Zettler. Biological communities in concentrated debris regions: who shares the ocean surface with plastic in the Eastern Pacific and North Atlantic? 5th International Marine Debris Conference, Honolulu, HI. March 2011.

Joyce P, M Engels, K Law, C Lea, S Morét-Ferguson, G Proskurowski, J Schell, ANS Siuda, RJ Wilber, J Witting, E Zettler. Forty Years of At-sea Marine Debris Data Collection. 5th International Marine Debris Conference, Honolulu, HI. March 2011.

Morét-Ferguson S, ANS Siuda, J Schell. Spatial and temporal variability in zooplankton density of east Pacific surface waters (poster). American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Orlando, FL. March 2008.

Siuda ANSand HG Dam. Effect of an estuarine eutrophication gradient on in situ plankton trophic interactions (poster). Estuarine Research Foundation, Providence, RI. November 2007.

Dam HG, ANS Siuda, J O’Donnell. A synthesis of water quality and planktonic resource monitoring data for Long Island Sound. Estuarine Research Foundation, Providence, RI. November 2007.

Siuda ANS and HG Dam. Trophic interactions across an estuarine eutrophication gradient: the in situ influence of predator-prey size and stoichiometric imbalance (poster). 4th International Zooplankton Production Symposium, Hiroshima, Japan. June 2007.

Siuda ANS and HG Dam. Latitudinal contrasts in planktonic trophic cascades in the western North Atlantic Ocean (poster). American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Honolulu, HI. February 2007.

Smith AN. Sea Education Association: integrating education and oceanographic research. National Marine Educators Association, New York, NY. July 2006.

Smith AN and HG Dam. Effect of food web complexity and predator-prey stoichiometry on planktonic trophic cascades. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Victoria, B.C. June 2006.

Smith AN. Taste Touch and Smell of Science (poster). Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence-New England: Partners in Ocean Science Education (POSE) Conference, Boston, MA. March 2006.

Smith AN, HG Dam, GM McManus, L Chen, C Iott, D Avery, M Lyman, C Olsen. Long Island Sound mesozooplankton monitoring program. Long Island Sound Research Conference, Stony Brook, NY. November 2004.

Smith AN and HG Dam. Trophic cascades in marine plankton communities across geographical gradients in biological productivity. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Savannah, GA. June 2004.

Smith AN and HG Dam. Trophic cascading effects of mesozooplankton on primary production in coastal and offshore systems. Northeast Algal Society, Groton, CT. April 2004.

Lopes RM, HG Dam, GB McManus, SA Gaeta, C Rosetta, SP Colin, AN Smith, ST Haley. Planktonic trophic cascades in the Southern Brazilian Bight. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Salt Lake City, UT. February 2003.

Dam HG, CH Pilskaln, AN Smith. Aggregation and downward export of particles during Chalk-Ex 2001 (poster). American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA. December 2002.

McManus GB, HG Dam, AN Smith. Biological removal of particles during Chalk-Ex: Results of shipboard bottle experiments (poster). American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA. December 2002.

Grant Support:
International Union for Conservation of Nature and Sargasso Sea Alliance, March-August 2011.

Project Title: Environmental trends in the Sargasso Sea detectable through the multi-decadal series of SEA neuston tows.

National Science Foundation, Division of Undergraduate Education, Feb 2011-Jan 2013.

Project Title: Biodiversity in the global ocean – incorporating molecular biology in field-based approaches to undergraduate studies of marine conservation.

Lerner-Gray Grant for Marine Research from the American Museum of Natural History, 2005.

Project Title: Effects of omnivory and predator-prey elemental stoichiometry on planktonic trophic interactions.

Professional and community service:      
Executive Committee, Woods Hole Science and Technology Partnership (WHSTEP). 2009-present.

Board Member, Massachusetts Marine Educators. 2010-present.

Contributing author to educational journals:

Morét-Ferguson S and ANS Siuda. Ocean Trash: Beyond Our Beaches. In: Green Teacher Magazine, spring 2011.

Siuda ANS. Plastic Marine Debris: An Introduction. In: Flotsam and Jetsam (Quarterly Journal of Massachusetts Marine Educators), spring 2011.

Mentor, Falmouth Public Schools Science Fair. 2011.

Judge, Falmouth Academy (high school) Science Fair. 2009.

Participant and poster presenter, Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence-New England (COSEE-NE): Partners in Ocean Science Education (POSE) Conference, Boston, MA. March 2006.