Michele Guidone, Ph.D.

Michele Guidone, Ph.D.

Professional Interests, Activities and Affiliations:

  • Population and community ecology
  • Macroalgal bloom dynamics
  • Invasive species

Professional Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Benthic Ecology Meeting Society
  • Northeast Algal Society
  • Phycological Society of America
  • Sigma Xi

Degrees and Certifications

    • Ph.D., 2012, Biological Sciences, University of Rhode Island
    • M.S., 2007, Biology, Southern Connecticut State University
    • B.S., 2004, Biology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut, With Honors, Summa Cum Laude

Teaching Responsibilities

    • BI 113 Concepts in Biology Laboratory I
    • BI 204 Populations to Ecosystems Laboratory
    • BI 210 Plant Biology
    • BI 299 Community Ecology
    • BI 399 Senior Seminar
    • ESM 505 Field Methods and Analysis
    • ESM 599 Special Topic: Environmental Statistics

Research Interests & Grants

    Dr. Guidone’s research centers on the ecological consequences of anthropogenic alterations to the environment with two primary research areas:

    • The causes and consequences of macroalgal blooms
      • Current projects are exploring: bloom diversity within Long Island Sound, the impact of rainstorm events on Ulva bloom development and severity, the timing of Ulva reproductive pulses, and the overwintering strategies of bloom-forming algae.
    •  The impacts of invasive species
      • Current project: Mitigating Eurasian watermilfoil invasion success and ecosystem impact using native herbivores

    Grants

    2013    Connecticut Institute of Water Resources, U.S. Geological Survey 104B Water Resources Research (Co-PIs: M. Guidone and L. Steele; 2 years, $18,265; pending budget approval)

    2012    PSA Travel Award, Northeast Algal Society ($500)

    2011    University of Rhode Island Graduate School Fellowship, University of Rhode Island ($39,595)

                Hoshaw Travel Award, Phycological Society of America ($950)

    2010    Hoshaw Travel Award, Phycological Society of America ($930)     

                Sounds Conservancy Grant, Quebec-Labrador Foundation ($350)

    2009    John Wald Science Grant, RI Natural History Survey ($3,900)

                Graduate Research Grant, University of Rhode Island ($800)

                Sounds Conservancy Grant, Quebec-Labrador Foundation ($750)

    2008    Graduate Research Grant, University of Rhode Island ($600)

    2004    Margaret F. Ertman Award for senior research, University of Connecticut ($1,000)

    2003    Summer Undergraduate Research Fund, University of Connecticut ($3,000)

Honors, Awards & Fellowships

    • 2011-2012  University of Rhode Island Graduate Fellow
    • 2012  Robert T. Wilce Award for best oral presentation by a graduate student, 51st Northeast Algal Symposium
    • 2010  Graduate Student Award for Teaching Excellence, University of Rhode Island

Publications and Presentations

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    Guidone, M. and C. Thornber. 2013. Examination of Ulva bloom species richness and relative abundance reveals two cryptically co-occurring bloom species in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. Harmful Algae. DOI: 10.1016/j.hal.2012.12.007

    Guidone, M., C. Thornber, and E. Vincent. 2012. Snail grazing facilitates growth of two morphologically similar bloom forming species through different mechanisms. Journal of Ecology. 100: 1105-1112.

    Guidone, M., C. Thornber, and E. Field. 2010.Snail grazing facilitates growth of a bloom-forming alga. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 420: 83-89.

    Guidone, M. and S. Grace. 2010. The ratio of gametophytes to tetrasporophytes of intertidal Chondrus crispus (Gigartinaceae) across a salinity gradient. Rhodora. 112: 80-84.

    Invited Lectures

    Biology Department, Southern Connecticut State University, April 2013.

    Recent Presentations (Presenting Author Listed First; *Mentored Undergraduate)

    Guidone, M., S. Rinehart*, and C. Thornber. Impacts of competition and herbivory on the growth of two bloom-forming Ulva species in Narragansett Bay, RI. Northeast Algal Symposium, April 2012, Schoodic Point, ME and Annual Meeting of the Phycological Society of America, June 2012, Charleston, SC (Oral)

    Newton, C., M. Guidone, and C. Thornber. Invasive Gracilaria vermiculophylla as a novel substrate in soft sediment benthic communities. Northeast Algal Symposium, April 2012, Schoodic Point, ME (Poster)

    Schollmeier, T.*, M. Guidone, and C. Thornber. Potential impacts of herbivorous fish on Ulva bloom biomass. Northeast Algal Symposium, April 2012, Schoodic Point, ME (Poster)

    Ziegler, A.*, S. Rinehart*, M. Guidone, T. Schollmeier*, and C. Thornber. Bloom-forming Ulva species overwinter primarily as fragments in Narragansett Bay, RI. Northeast Algal Symposium, April 2012, Schoodic Point, ME (Poster)

    Guidone, M., S. Rinehart*, and C. Thornber. Competition between two morphologically similar bloom-forming Ulva species in Narragansett Bay, RI. Benthic Ecology Meeting. March 2012, Norfolk, VA. (Oral)

    Guidone, M. and C. Thornber. Palatability differences between two morphologically similar bloom-forming Ulva species. Annual Meeting of the Phycological Society of America. July 2011, Seattle, WA. (Oral)

    Guidone, M. and C. Thornber. Impact of invertebrate herbivores on Ulva bloom biomass in Narragansett Bay, RI. Northeast Algal Symposium. April 2011, Woods Hole, MA. (Oral)

    Thornber, C., M. Guidone, and C. Deacutis. Multivariate analyses of macroalgal blooms. Northeast Algal Symposium. April 2011, Woods Hole, MA. (Poster)

    Rinehart, S.*, M. Guidone, and C. Thornber. Overwintering strategies of Ulva spp. in Narragansett Bay, RI. Northeast Algal Symposium. April 2011, Woods Hole, MA. (Poster)

    Guidone, M., C. Thornber, and E. Vincent*. In situ experiments fail to confirm Ilyanassa obsoleta facilitation of Ulva growth. Benthic Ecology Meeting. March 2011, Mobile, AL. (Oral)

    Guidone M., and C. Thornber. Facilitation of two morphologically similar bloom-forming Ulva species by a co-occurring snail. Annual Meeting of the Phycological Society of America. July 2010, East Lansing, MI. (Oral)

    Guidone, M. and C. Thornber. Examination of the abundance and relative palatability of Ulva species in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. Northeast Algal Symposium. April 2010, Bristol, RI. (Oral)

    Heinze, A.*, M. Guidone, and C. Thornber. Morphological characteristics of Ulva species occurring in Narragansett Bay, RI. Northeast Algal Symposium. April 2010, Bristol, RI. (Poster)

    Guidone, M. and C. Thornber. Examination of the abundance and relative palatability of select Ulva species in Narragansett Bay, RI. Annual Rhode Island Natural History Survey Conference. April 2010. North Kingstown, RI. (Poster)

    Guidone, M. and C. Thornber. The mud snail, Ilyanassa obsoleta, facilitates growth of two bloom forming Ulva speciesthrough different mechanisms. Benthic Ecology Meeting. March 2010, Wilmington, NC. (Oral)

    Vincent, E.*, M. Guidone, and C. Thornber. Selective herbivory of the mud snail Ilyanassa obsoleta on bloom forming Ulva species. Benthic Ecology Meeting, March 2010, Wilmington, NC. (Poster)

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