Peter Burn, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Biology
Office: Archer Building, Rm. 507
- PhD, University of New Hampshire
- MS, Northeastern University
- BA, University of Pennsylvania
- Characterization and comparison of New England barrier island and salt marsh habitats
- Uses of hypermedia in research and education
1996-present Professor of Biology, Suffolk University
1989-1998 Consultant in Radiology (non-clinical), Massachusetts General Hospital
1989-1996 Associate Professor of Biology, Suffolk University
1982-1989 Assistant Professor of Biology, Suffolk University
1978-1981 Jessie Smith Noyes Post-doctoral Fellow, Osborn Laboratories of Marine Science, NewYork Zoological Society
Perez, K., E. Davey, R.H. Moore, P.R. Burn, M. Rosol, D. Kopans. 1999. Application of Computer-Aided Tomography (CT) Scanning to the study of Benthic Estuarine Communities. Ecological Applications 9(3): 1050-1058
Burn, P.R., M.S. Potts, R.H. Moore, A.J. Fischman, H.W. Strauss. 1993. Tissue Distribution and and Excretion of 99mTc-Disofenin in three marine Species: Pleuronectes americanus (winter flounder), Homarus americanus (lobster), and Mya arenaria (soft-shell clam). Mar Biol 116: 355-361.
Recent Oral Presentations
Burn, P.R. 2005. Spanning Biogeographic Provinces and Plant Hardiness Zones: Observations on the Species Composition of Coatue (Nantucket), Sandy Neck (Barnstable), and Plum Island (Newburyport) Barrier Beaches. Presented at the Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative Conference. September 24, 2005.
Burn, P.R. 2006. Plum Island and the Great Marsh – Biology and Geology, Past, Present and Future.
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Biodiversity Lecture Series. June 14, 2006.
1995-present President, Marine Studies Consortium
1990-2002 MA EOEA Coastal Resources Advisory Board
1985-present Coordinator, Suffolk University Marine Science Program
1982-present President, SuAsCo Watershed
2000-present SuAsCo Watershed Community Council, Executive Committee
2002-present Sudbury Assabet Concord Wild and Scenic Rivers Stewardship Council
Current Grant Support
Contract support from the NSF funded Electronic Field Guide Project with Rob Stevenson and Bob Morris of UMass Boston. In conjunction with this grant, my students and I have prepared Electronic Field Guides for the Shrubs, Trees and Flowers of the Plum Island (Newburyport, MA) barrier beach. Other EFGs are in progress. The basis for these EFGs is a hierarchically arranged, 36,000 digital image catalogue of the flora and fauna of Plum Island.
Courses TaughtBIO 114/L114 - Organisimal Biology and Lab
BIO 254 - Marine Biology
BIO 343 - Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
BIO 357 - Biology of Fishes
BIO 359 - Biology of Whales