For almost 50 years, student researchers have conducted short term projects as part of their coastal Ecology and Marine Ecology summer courses. Many of these students have gone on to careers in biology, environmental science. medicine, and teaching.
Their papers are being digitalized by volunteers at the NFS and are available upon request. Below we list some of the topics covered and papers written.
"The Diversity of the Micro Community Associated with the Alga Codium fragile in Relation to Depth in Nantucket Harbor: Janipher and the Green Fleece"
"The Lichen Community of Juniper Trees in Relation to Maritime Climatic Conditions: Surviving a Real Blast"
"The Cultured Mold on Nantucket Island: The Fungus Among Us"
"Scalar Distribution of Body Sizes in Arthropods and Plants: "The Different Size Bodies I Found on Nantucket"
"Lyme Disease on Nantucket: Ticked off on Nantucket"
"A Comparison of Quantification Techniques of Varroa jacobsoni: The Mite of the Bee"
"Nantucket Osprey Prey: A Short Look into Prey Remains at Two Nesting Poles: ACK Sushi - Osprey Style"
"Site Fidelity of Gray Catbirds (Dumetella carolinensis): Bird Banding through MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship) with Edith Andrews: Three strikes, You're Out"
"Nantucket Mosquitoes - Traps, Baits and Species: Do you know who is eating you?"
"Small Mammal Populations in Maintained Heathland, Small Mammal Tax Brackets: Where does Nantucket's population lie?"
"Plankton of Nantucket's Diverse Waters:Small snacks"
"Marine Biodiversity of the Gulf of Maine a program outline: Waves of Knowledge"
"Bioluminescent bacteria (Photobacterium and Vibrio spp.) in Nantucket's seawater? Gotta light?"
"Red bacterial symbionts of the native squid, Loligo pealei: Gentlemen prefer redheads?"
"A Soil Analysis of Burned and Natural Heathlands: To Burn or Not To Burn? How best to preserve Nantucket's Heathlands is the Question"
"A Census of Uca pugilator of Folger's Salt Marsh: Where the Fiddlers Roam"
"Reactions to Light Intensity and Study of Motor Skills of Asterias forbesii: Subtle seastar secrets"
"Surface and diving behavior of double-crested cormorants (Phalocrocorax auritus): Ducking for Dinner"
"A summer study of erosional and depositional beaches of southeastern Nantucket Island: To be or not to be? Is this really a question? "
"Lepidoptera of Nantucket: A Guide to the Nantucket Net"
"Saxicolous Lichens in relation to Gravestone Texture and Composition: Why is it a Clean Slate?"
"Vision in Argopecten irradians irradians: The Ayes have it"
Alex de Saint Sardos
"Habitats of Lady Crabs (Ovalipes ocellatus) on Nantucket: Madam, do you have a soft bottom?"
"Corticolous Lichens in Nantucket Town: Dyeing Decorators or Dying Detectors? "
"The Wildlife Refuge Potential of Grave Yards on Nantucket or: Bird Watching on The Graves of My Ancestors"
"Wasting disease in Nantucket Harbor Eelgrass Populations: What's ailing the eelgrass?"
"Arthropods in Nantucket Heathlands: A Survey or The Adventures of Bug and the Bag Lady"
"Protozoan Succession in Winogradsky Columns: Photographing floating flatulating flagellates"
"Population Declines in Grassland and Scrub-Successional Bird Species"
"Populations of Microtus pennsylvanicus (the Meadow Vole) in Burned and Unburned Heathland: Where there's a hole, there's a vole!"
"Comparative Foraging Behaviors and Success Rates of the Snowy and Great Egrets: Slow and Steady Doesn't Always Win the Race"
"Population dynamics of Busycotypus canaliculatus around Nantucket: The Wonderful Whimsical World of the Whelk"
"Idotea baltica: A Colorful Nantucket Resident - Phenotypic Variation in Idotea baltica Living on the Shores of Nantucket
Lawrence Connolly and Sherry Reynolds
"Are Size and Weight the Control Factors of Protandry in Crepidula fornicata : The Fornicated Change"
Lillian E. Stone
"Osmoregulation and Phototrophism of Asterias forbesi: The Search for the Stars"
Christopher A. Gorski
"An Examination of the Short Range Movement Patterns of Pagurus longicarpus in Nantucket Harbor"
Jason S. Ezekiel
"A Survey Of Opsanus tau In Nantucket Harbor: Where The Toadfish Are"
"Getting to the Root of it all: Mycorrhizae in Salt Marsh Plants"
Janet L. Dillingham
"Fungal Populations on Nantucket Shingles -- A Proposed Relationship to "Weathered" Coloring"
Lisa A. Cronin
"Re-establishing Sesachacha Pond as a Stable Salt Pond Environment: Of Openings and Oysters"
Sue Ann Richardson
"Microbial Mats, Don't Wipe Your Feet on Them: A Survey of Pigments Extracted from Photosynthetic Sulfur Bacteria in Folgers Salt Marsh and from Laboratory Cultures"
"Xanthoria, Pseudoparmelia and Cladina: On the Trail of Some Nantucket Pioneers: A 1195 Status Report of Island Lichens"
Mary C. Wynne
"Surf's up! Do Fiddler Crabs Actually Know When the Tide Comes in and Out?"
Matthew D. Cross
"A Control Issue: Do the Shoals Feel Like Moving?"
"A Survey of Marine Tardigrades on Coatue Beach: Micro-Game Hunting in Nantucket"
"Babes and Baleen: Women on Whaling Ships"
"What's Eating the Man-Eaters? A Comparative Analysis of External and Internal Parasites in Three Species of Elasmobranchs"
Brook Flanagan & Kristina Mullin
- 1969-1994 Student Research Papers