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Paulette M. Peckol

Louise C. Harrington Professor of Biological Sciences

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Paulette M. Peckol earned her Ph.D. from Duke University.

I conduct research in the areas of marine ecology, coral reef ecology, environmental biology and algal physiological ecology. Recently, I have focused on the effects of human (overfishing, coastal pollution) and natural (hurricanes, El Niño events) disturbances on coral reef systems, investigating coral, fish and algal population dynamics on reefs off Belize and San Salvador Island, Bahamas. In particular, I consider the effects of marine protected areas (no-take zones) on coral reef health and population balance. Ongoing projects include impact and controls of urchin bioerosion, coral populations in disturbed and protected reef areas and fish-urchin interactions.

Representative Publications

*Brown-Saracino, J., P. Peckol, H. A. Curran, and *M. Robbart. 2007. "Spatial variation in sea urchins, fish predators, and bioerosion rates on coral reefs of Belize." Coral Reefs 26: 71–78.

Curran, H. A., S. Etheredge, E. Callaghan*, and P. Peckol. 2005. "Coral reef ed-ventures: An environmental education program for school children in San Pedro, Belize," Reef Encounter 33: 22–27.

Robbart, M. L.*, P. Peckol, S. P. Scordilis, H. A. Curran, and J. Brown-Saracino*. 2004. "Population recovery and differential heat shock protein expression for the corals Agaricia agaricites and A. tenuifolia in Belize." Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 283: 151–60.

Curran, H. A., P. Peckol, B. J. Greenstein*, S. Ristau*, and S. DeYoung*. 2004. "Shallow-water coral reefs in transition: Examples from Belize and the Bahamas. R. D. Lewis and B. C. Panuska (eds) Proc. 11th Symposium on the Geology of the Bahamas and Other Carbonate Regions," Gerace Research Center, p. 13–24.

Peckol, P., H. A. Curran, B. J. Greenstein, E. Floyd*, and M. Robbart*. 2003. "Assessment of the status of coral reefs and fish populations off San Salvador Island, Bahamas." Atoll Research Bull. 496: 124–144.

Peckol, P., H. A. Curran, E. Floyd*, M. Robbart*, B. J. Greenstein, and K. Buckman*. 2003. "Assessment of the condition of forereef and backreef sites to northern and south-central Belize, including recovery from bleaching and hurricane disturbances." Atoll Research Bull. 496: 146–71.

Wrabel, M. L.*, and P. Peckol. 2000. "Effects of bioremediation on toxicity and chemical composition of number 2 fuel oil: Growth responses of the brown alga Fucus vesiculosus." Marine Pollution Bulletin. 40: 135–39.

Valiela, I., P. Peckol, C. D'Avanzo, J. Kremer, D. Hersh, K. Foreman, K. Lajtha, B. Seely, W. R. Geyer, T. Isaji, and R. Crawford. 1998. "Ecological effects of major storms on coastal watersheds and coastal waters: Hurricane Bob on Cape Cod." J. Coast. Res. 14: 218–38.

Peckol, P., and J. Yates*. 1997. "Inducible phlorotannins in brown algae from backreef sites." in H. A. Lessios and I. G. Macintyre (eds.) Proceedings, 8th Int. Coral Reef Symposium. 2: 1259–62.

Peckol, P., J. M. Krane*, and J. L. Yates*. 1996. "Interactive effects of inducible defense and resource availability on phlorotannins in the North Atlantic brown alga Fucus vesiculosus." Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 138: 209–17.

Peckol, P., and J. S. Rivers*. 1996. "Contribution by macroalgal mats to primary production of a shallow embayment under high and low nitrogen loading rates." Est. Coast. Shelf Sci. 43: 311–25.

Yates, J.*, and P. Peckol. 1993. "Effects of nutrient availability and herbivory on polyphenolic concentrations in the seaweed Fucus vesiculosus." Ecology 74: 1757–66.

*Smith College student author