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Dr. Ruth H. Carmichael

Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Institution(s) / Organization(s):
Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL)
University of South Alabama

Assistant Professor of Marine Science
Senior Marine Scientist

Dr. Ruth Carmichael is a senior marine scientist at Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Her research focuses on physiological ecology: understanding relationships between organisms and their environment, and specific biological and physiological responses to environmental change. In particular, she is interested in the mechanisms by which anthropogenic-driven perturbations, such as nutrient enrichment and pollution, the presence of coastal structures, global climate change, or harvest pressure, affect coastal habitats and species. She gives special focus to commercially important coastal bivalves and horseshoe crabs.

Current Research Projects:
-Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Manatee Aerial Monitoring (NRDA)
-Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Effects on Oyster Physiology in AL Waters
-Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Effects on Near Shore Organic Matter and Species (Shelby Center for Fisheries Management)
-Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Effects on Manatee Habitat and Food Supply (Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries)
-Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Effects on Manatee Distribution in AL and MS (Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries)

GoMRI-funded projects:
- Recovery: Sentinel Macrofauna (Year One Block Grant - The Alabama Marine Environmental Science Consortium, Role: Principal Investigator, Project Data Point of Contact)

- Impacts of the Deep Horizon Oil Spill on Ecosystem Structure and Function in Alabama's Marine Waters
(Year One Block Grant - The Northern Gulf Institute, Role: Co-Principal Investigator, Task Lead, Task Data Contact)

Ph.D. in Marine Biology, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A., 2004

Shellfish Aquaculture Proficiency Certificate, Sea Grant Fisheries Program, 2000

M.A. in Marine Biology, Boston University, Marine Program, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, U.S.A., 1998

B.A. in Biology with honors, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., 1993

Area of Expertise / Interest:
Physiology and Behavior; Ecology; Pollution

Mailing Address:
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
101 Bienville Blvd.
Dauphin Island, AL 36528
Telephone: +1 251-861-2141, x7555
Fax: +1 251-861-7540

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Links to Projects or Publications:
Marine Ecosystem Response Lab

Keywords:   Physiological ecology, Pollution, Habitat, Nutrient, Clam, Bivalve, Limulus, Horseshoe crab, GoMRI, DWH Oil Spill

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