USNA | Assoc. Prof. Cecily Steppe

Research Interests

My research focuses on the recruitment dynamics of coastal and estuarine invertebrates and fishes.  In particular, I study the role of biological and physical processes in governing larval population dynamics.  Some of my current projects include field and laboratory studies of larval orientation to conspecifics and prey patches, and the effect of teleconnections from El Niño events on recruitment of fish larvae to the southeastern United States.

Student projects

2003-2004

  1. 1/C Kaitlyn Longley.  The effect of tidal circulation of the propagation of Red Tide in the Gulf of Maine. (2 semesters)
    • Presented poster at international AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting, Portland, OR. Jan 2004.
  2. 1/C Alison Moon.  Settlement of crab megalopae in the Severn River Estuary. (1 semester)
  3. 1/C Ian Rummel.  Quantification of the invasion of the Japanese shore crab Hemigrapsus sangiuneus in rocky intertidal habitat near Ocean City Inlet, Maryland. (1 semester)

2002-2003

  1. 1/C Rebecca Baldwin.  Initial study of the distribution of Hemigrapsus sangineus larvae near the mouth of Chesapeake Bay. (1 semester)
  2. 1/C Melissa Ehret.  Initial study of distribution of Hemigrapsus sangineus larvae near the mouth of Chesapeake Bay. (1 semester)
  3. 1/C David Riley.  Initial study of the distribution of Hemigrapsus sangineus larvae near the mouth of Chesapeake Bay. (1 semester)
  4. 1/C Chap Caughron.  Recreating a self-sustaining estuarine ecosystem within a laboratory setting. (1 semester)
 
Research

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