LaTina Steele, Ph.D.

LaTina Steele, Ph.D.

Instuctor , Biology

Areas of Specialization: Marine/Aquatic Ecology, Chemical Ecology

Professional Interests, Activities and Affiliations

  • Member, Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation
  • Member, Benthic Ecology Society
  • Member, New England Estuarine Research Society
  • Member, American Society of Plant Biologists

Degrees and Certifications

    • Ph.D. in Marine Sciences, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL (2010)
    • B.S. in Biology, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL (2004)

Teaching Responsibilities

    • BI CC103 Human Community and Science Discovery
    • BI 104/278 Coastal Ecology of Ireland
    • BI112 Concepts in Biology II
    • BI 203 Organisms to Populations Laboratory
    • BI 204 Populations to Ecosystems Laboratory
    • BI 299 Chemical Ecology
    • BI 399 Senior Seminar
    • ESM 501  Principles of Environmental Systems Analysis & Management I
    • ESM 507 Environmental Toxicology
    • ESM 599 Environmental Statistics

Research Interests and Grants

    Dr. Steele’s research interests include marine community ecology, aquatic/marine plant chemical ecology, invasive plant ecology, and the effects of pollutants on coastal ecosystems. Her specific research areas include:

    • The role of chemical interactions in determining invasion success of non-native aquatic plants
    • Using native herbivores to mitigate invasive aquatic plants
    • Using stable isotopes to examine habitat connectivity
    • Effects of habitat and predator diversity on salt marsh community structure
    • The role of phenolic compounds as inducible chemical defenses against herbivory and pathogenic infection in seagrasses
    • *Michaud J, Steele L, Guidone M. 2015. The use of native herbivores as a mitigation strategy for Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) in Connecticut lakes. Connecticut Association of Wetland Scientists Meeting. Poster.
    • *Bettke J, Steele L, Guidone M. 2014. Using native herbivores to mitigate Eurasian watermilfoil invasion in New England. Northeast Undergraduate Research and Development Symposium. Poster.
      (* = student presenter)


    • 2014-2016. PI’s: L. Steele, M. Guidone.USGS/Connecticut Institute of Water Resources 104B Grant. Mitigating Eurasian watermilfoil invasion success and ecosystem impact using native herbivores. $18,265
    • 2014. Abiotic and biotic assessment of Stratford Point.  Co-PI with Drs. Jennifer Mattei, John Rapaglia, and Mark Beekey.  DuPont Corporation.  $19,450
    • 2013-2014. PI’s: M. Beekey, J. Rapaglia, L. Steele. Sacred Heart University Academics for Creative Teaching Grant. From mountain to sea, understanding shifts in water quality and community dynamics through integrated hands on laboratory activities in Dingle, Ireland. $1,500
    • 2013. PI: L. Steele. Sacred Heart University Research/Creativity Grant. Mitigating Eurasian watermilfoil invasion success and ecosystem impact using native herbivores. $4,105
    • 2013. PI’s: J. Mattei, M. Beekey, J. Rapaglia, L. Steele, A. Zemba, D. Roach. National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Planning Grant. Housatonic River estuarine ecosystem restoration project, Stratford Point, CT. $59,000

Awards and Fellowships

    • Alabama Center for Estuarine Studies (ACES) Graduate Fellowship (2008-2009) $19,000
    • University of South Alabama Doctoral Fellowship (2004-2007) $50,000
    • Rawls Award from University of South Alabama (2004)

Publications and Presentations

LaTina Steele

Contact Information

Office Location & Hours

  • Location:
    Science Ctr of Academic Bldg SC*205F
    College of Arts and Sciences
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