1, No. 1
August 17, 2001
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Louis E. Burnett,
David W. Owens, Director, GPMB
Grice Marine Laboratory
College of Charleston
205 Fort Johnson
Charleston, SC 29412
Issues of the newsletter:
The George D. Grice Marine Laboratory, named in
honor of the 14th president of the College, is located at Fort Johnson,
on James Island, across Charleston Harbor from downtown Charleston. The
facility houses classrooms, student laboratories, research laboratories,
faculty offices, an aquarium room, and a research collection of marine
invertebrates and fishes. (Click here for more on the background
and history of the Grice Marine Laboratory & Fort Johnson; see
also the GML Mission Statement in
this newsletter.) This newsletter is
designed to communicate activities in the marine sciences that are
occurring at the Grice Marine Laboratory (GML) and in the Graduate
Program in Marine Biology (GPMB). It is intended to be a
publication for students, alumni, faculty, staff,
administrators, and friends who wish to keep up with the College of Charleston's
marine laboratory and the programs it supports. We intend to
publish this newsletter electronically approximately once per month.
We hope you find it informative and useful.
Lou Burnett, GML Director
Dave Owens, GPMB Director
The R/V Chamberlain, one of the Grice
fleet, is named after Dr. Norman A. Chamberlain, a longtime faculty member
at the College of Charleston, former Director of the Grice Marine
Laboratory, and the first Director of the Marine Biology Graduate
Program. He retired from the College in 1990. The naming of this vessel
acknowledges Dr. Chamberlain's numerous contributions to the
undergraduate and graduate programs in marine biology.
Research Program Completes 10th Year
The undergraduate students in the Fort
Johnson Summer Research Program completed their summer projects and
reported their results in a symposium dedicated to the event on Friday,
August 3. Seven students from different home institutions
participated in this summer's program. The program was funded by a
grant from the National Science Foundation. The students and the
titles of their projects are listed below.
Jeremy Goldbogen, Univ. of Texas, Austin, "Isolation and
Identification of Marine Microorganisms associated with the H.L. Hunley"
(Advisor: Pam Morris, MUSC)
Meagan Leatherbury, Bard College, "Toxic Effects of the
Herbicide Atrazine on Three Algal Species" (Advisor: Marie
Ryan Miller, Univ. of Dayton, "The Occurrence of Lipid
Peroxidation through Induced Reperfusion in the Eastern oyster, Crassostrea
virginica" (Advisors: Lou Burnett, CofC and Amy Ringwood, DNR)
Davis Reames, Andrew Opatkiewicz, Jeremy Goldbogen, Ryan Miller,
Eileen Roy, Justin Williams, Meagan Leatherbury
Andrew Opatkiewicz, Univ. of New Hampshire, "The Effects of Two
Neurotoxic Pesticides, Fipronil and Endosulfan, on the Survival and
Development of the Grass Shrimp, Palaemonetes pugio"
(Advisor: Mike Fulton, NOS)
Davis Reames, The Citadel, "The Purification and Structural
Elucidation of the Bacteriolytic Agent in the Marine Deposit Feeder Arenicola
marina" (Advisor: Craig Plante, CofC)
Eileen Roy, Georgia State Univ., "Ferredoxin Index as an
Indicator of Iron Stress in the diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum"
(Advisor: Jack DiTullio, CofC)
Justin Williams, Univ. of Kansas, "Quantifying Bacterial
Accumulation of Vibrio parahaemolyticus in Gill Tissue of the
Pacific White Shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei" (Advisors: Karen
Burnett & Lou Burnett, CofC)
See the GML Web Site
for details about the program for the summer of 2002.
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As we approach the height of the hurricane
season we will be especially vigilant of tropical storms. Take a few minutes to review some of the
procedures that we will use in the event that a storm approaches.
We count on the help of all the faculty and the students to help us
secure the lab. Of course, there are different levels of
precaution that we take depending upon the threat of the storm.
The Lab Director must make the decision of how far to go in securing the
lab based on consultations with the Grice faculty and the other lab
directors at Fort Johnson. To view hurricane procedures, click here.
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Recent Scholarly Contributions
Web Site for a complete list) Please contact Dr. William D. Anderson,
Jr. (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a
GML contribution number for manuscripts that have been accepted for
publication. Some recent contributions follow:
Keppler, C. J. and A. H. Ringwood. 2001.
Expression of P-glycoprotein in southeastern oysters, Crassostrea
virginica. Marine Environmental Research, Vol. 52, pp. 81-96.
Boleza, K. A., L. E. Burnett, and K. G. Burnett. In
press. Hypercapnic hypoxia compromises bactericidal activity of fish
anterior kidney cells against opportunistic environmental pathogens.
Fish & Shellfish Immunology.
Anderson, W. D., Jr., and L. D. Stephens. In
press. John Edwards Holbrook (1794-1871) and his Southern
ichthyology (1847-1848). Archives of Natural History.
Keppler, C. and A. H. Ringwood. In press.
Expression of P-glycoprotein in the gills of oysters, Crassostrea
virginica: Seasonal and pollutant related effects. Aquatic
Anderson, W. D., Jr. In press. Review
of NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY FIELD GUIDE TO TROPICAL MARINE FISHES OF
THE CARIBBEAN, THE GULF OF MEXICO, FLORIDA, THE BAHAMAS, AND
BERMUDA, by C. Lavett Smith. Copeia.
Burnett, K. G. In press. Review of
RECENT ADVANCES IN MARINE BIOTECHNOLOGY. VOLUME 5: IMMUNOBIOLOGY AND
PATHOLOGY, by Milton Fingerman and Rachakonda Nagabhushanam
Anderson, W. D., Jr. and C. C. Baldwin. In press. Plectranthias
lamillai Rojas and Pequeño, 1998: A
junior synonym of P. exsul Heemstra and Anderson,
DiTullio, G. R., P. N. Sedwick, D. R. Jones, P.
Boyd, A. C. Crossley, and D. A. Hutchins. In press.
Effects of iron, silicate and light on dimethylsulfoniopropionate
production in the Australian Subantarctic zone. Journal of
Pennington, P. L. and G. I. Scott. In press.
Toxicity of atrazine to the estuarine phytoplankter Pavlova sp. (Prymnesiophyceae): Increased sensitivity after long-term,
low-level population exposure. Environmental Toxicology and
Chemistry, Vol. 20, No. 10.
Karnaky, K. J., Jr., L. R. Forte, J. Bridges, E.
Brown, S. Decker, A. Pelletier, S. Forrest, and J. N. Forrest. In
press. Evidence for a guanylin/guanylate cyclase signaling system in
the intestine, but not in rectal glands of the dogfish shark (Squalus
acanthias). Bulletin of the Mt. Desert Island Biological
Karnaky, K. J., Jr., M. Sedmeroval, D. Petzel, J.
Bridges, S. W. Boatwright, and D. S. Miller. In press. MRP2-like
transport in the Malpighian tubule of the cricket, Acheta domesticus.
Bulletin of the Mt. Desert Island Biological Laboratory.
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Main entrance of the Hollings Marine
Hollings Marine Laboratory Update
The Hollings Marine Laboratory (HML) at Fort Johnson is nearing completion. Final inspections have occurred throughout the
summer and the finishing touches on the high tech building are taking
place. There is still no word yet on when scientists will be able
to move in to the building.
The occupants of the building form a
partnership and the building, funded by National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA), fosters collaborative research. The
partners include the University of Charleston, SC (UCSC), South Carolina
Department of Natural Resources (SC DNR), NOAA/National Ocean Service
(NOS), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the
Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). A structure has been put into place to work out
the details of the operation. There is a five member Science Board
that has worked for months to craft working agreements, define how space
will be used, and oversee the operation of the building. The
members of the Science Board are Paul Becker (NIST), Lou Burnett (UCSC),
Fred Holland (SC DNR), Eric Lacy (MUSC), and Geoff Scott (NOAA/NOS).
Fred Holland will serve as the first laboratory director of the HML.
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Receives NSF Grant
The college received a $101,600 grant from the National
Science Foundation to establish a "Core Facility in Molecular
Biology" at the Grice Marine Laboratory. The College will match this
grant with $43,544 from its own resources. The principal investigator
of the proposal, Dr. Craig Plante, will purchase equipment that will
benefit faculty and student research and undergraduate and graduate
teaching. This equipment will include an automated DNA sequensor, an image
analysis system, a gel documentation system, thermal cyclers and a PCR
workstation. Immediate uses of this equipment will include study of
microbial diversity in marine sediments, molecular mechanisms of immune
responses in fish and shrimp, patterns of paternity in sea turtles,
antibiotic-resistant pathogenic bacteria in aquaculture, and
phylogenetic studies of marine invertebrates and fish.
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Julian Burgos, Life History of the Red Grouper (Epinephelus morio)
off the North Carolina and South Carolina Coast (Advisor: George
Chris Milardo, The Effects of Environmental Variables on the Metabolism
of the Protozoan Parasite, Perkinsus marinus (Advisor: Lou Burnett)
Lara Bero, Investigation of Atlantic Spotted Dolphin (Stenella
frontalis) Stock Structure in the Gulf of Mexico and Northwest
Atlantic Ocean (Advisor: Patricia Rosel)
Ann Chen, Ecological Aspects of Cetaceans in Ilan Waters of Taiwan --
Fauna, Abundance, Distribution, Habitat Partitioning and Acoustics
(Advisor: Arch McCallum)
Holly Downing, Effects of Atrazine, Chlorothalonil, and Endosulfan on
South Florida Microbial Assemblages (Advisor: John Kucklick)
Suzi Finkenbine, Evidence for the existence of B-adrenergic receptors
on lymphoid cells of the channel catfish, Ictalurus punctatus
(Advisor: Karen Burnett)
Kathleen Kolhberg, Purification and Partial cDNA Sequencing of the
Heavy Chain of Immunoglobulin G (IgG) from the Atlantic Bottlenose
Dolphin, Tursiops truncatus (Advisor: Karen Burnett)
Erin Levesque, Distribution and Ecology of the Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys
terrapin) in South Carolina Salt Marshes (Advisor: John Fauth)
Josh Loefer, Life History of the Atlantic Sharpnose Shark, Rhizoprionodon
terraenovae (Richardson), in the South Atlantic Bight (Advisor: George
Kathy Moore, Use of Microsatellite Markers to Determine Paternity in
Loggerhead Turtle (Carema caretia) Nests on Melbourne Beach,
Florida (Advisor: Marty Ball)
Robyn Wingrove, Stock structure of dolphin, Coryphaena hippurus,
in the western central Atlantic, eastern Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico
using RFLP analysis of the ND-1 region of the mtDNA (Advisor: Robert
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GML Mission Statement
The Grice Marine Laboratory is a core facility in support of the
undergraduate and the graduate teaching programs in the marine sciences
at the College of Charleston, and in support of research in
marine sciences conducted by faculty members and students. The mission
of the laboratory is to provide an environment that:
Promotes the acquisition and the dissemination of
knowledge about marine and coastal organisms, process, and
environments, and marine and coastal environmental concerns and
Supports the Bachelor of Science and Master of
Science degrees in Marine Biology.
Encourages collaborative interdisciplinary marine
research among academic departments as well as with other
institutions and marine research facilities, particularly those in
the Fort Johnson community.
Nurtures undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate
learning through formal and informal courses, lecture series,
symposia, independent and collaborative research, and post-doctoral
appointments and internships.
Fosters the intellectual development of marine
scholars by providing diverse programs that strive for excellence in
research and training.
Fulfills an important role in marine science
education and research in the Lowcountry.
Supports existing and new marine-oriented programs,
including interdisciplinary programs, as appropriate to the
Maintains a collection of marine biological
specimens, curated with disciplinary-standard techniques, for use by
faculty and students and other professional in the field in research and teaching.
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A new handbook for both the GPMB and
the GML will be distributed at the beginning of the fall
semester. Nearly all features of the handbook are available on-line through
the GML and the GPMB
GML Laboratory Manager Terry White is training this fall for
Medic First Aid, Emergency Oxygen Provider (DAN), and Assistant
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New Marine Biology Graduate Students
The following students are new to the program as of the
fall 2001 semester. Welcome!
Patricia Blair West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
Majbritt Bolton-Warberg University of Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Mercer Brugler University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
Jamie Colman Goucher College, Towson, MD
David Couillard Saginaw Valley State University, University
Marcus Drymon Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC
Jennifer Emblidge State University of New York, Geneseo, NY
Amy Filipowicz Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT
Adam Herbert Denison University, Granville, OH
Paul Korchari Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT
Aimee Neeley College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
Tye Pettay Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Noel Turner San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
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