Thomas Trott, PhD

Associate Professor Emeritus

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Education

  • PhD, Boston University
  • MA, Wake Forest University
  • BS, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

Research Interests

  • Marine Community Ecology
  • Coastal Ecological Processes
  • Historical Ecology
  • Marine Zoogeography

Employment History

  • 2006-present
    Associate Professor of Biology, Suffolk University
  • 1999-2006
    Assistant Professor of Biology, Suffolk University
  • 1999-2016
    Research Associate, R.S. Friedman Field Station, Edmunds, ME
  • 1998-1999
    Assistant Education Coordinator, R.S. Friedman Field Station
  • 1995-1998
    Visiting Scientist, Boston University Marine Program, Woods Hole, MA
  • 1991-1992
    Biologist, Advanced Report Writer, Springborn Laboratories, Inc., Wareham,MA
  • 1989-1990
    NIH Post-Doctoral Fellow, SUNY Health Science Center, Brooklyn, NY
  • 1982-1989
    Editorial Assistant, Journal of Crustacean Biology, Woods Hole, MA
  • 1980-1981
    Research Assistant, Boston University Marine Program, Woods Hole, MA

Selected Publications

Co-authored Publications, 2011

  • Pohle G, Iken K, Clarke KR, Trott T, Konar B, Cruz-Motta JJ, Wong M, Benedetti-Cecchi L, Mead A, Miloslavich P, Mieszkowska N, Milne R, Tamburello L, Knowlton A, Kimani E, Shirayama Y. (2011). Aspects of Benthic Decapod Diversity and Distribution from Rocky Nearshore Habitat at Geographically Widely Dispersed Sites. PLoS ONE 6(4): e18606. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0018606
  • Cruz-Motta JJ, Miloslavich P, Palomo G, Iken K, Konar B, Pohle G, Trott T, Benedetti-Cecchi L, Alejandra Hernández A, Sardi A, Bueno A, Castillo J, Klein E, Guerra-Castro E, Gobin J, Gómez DI, Riosmena-Rodríguez R, Mead A, Bigatti G,Knowlton A, Shirayama Y. (2010). Patterns of Spatial Variation of Assemblages Associated with Intertidal Rocky Shores: A Global Perspective. PLoS ONE 5(12): e14354. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0014354
  • Konar B, Iken K, Cruz-Motta JJ, Benedetti-Cecchi L, Knowlton A, Pohle G, Miloslavich P, Edwards M, Trott T, Kimani E, Riosmena-Rodriguez R, Wong M, Jenkins S, Silva A, Sousa Pinto I, Shirayama Y. (2010). Current Patterns of Macroalgal Diversity and Biomass in Northern Hemisphere Rocky Shores. PLoS ONE 5(10): e13195. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013195
  • Katrin Iken, Brenda Konar, Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi, Juan Jose´ Cruz-Motta, Ann Knowlton, Gerhard Pohle, Angela Mead, Patricia Miloslavich, Melisa Wong, Thomas Trott, Nova Mieszkowska, Rafael Riosmena-Rodriguez, Laura Airoldi, Edward Kimani, Yoshihisa Shirayama, Simonetta Fraschetti, Manuel Ortiz-Touzet, Angelica Silva. 2010. Large-Scale Spatial Distribution Patterns of Echinoderms in Nearshore Rocky Habitats. PLoS ONE 5(11): e13845.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013845
  • Benedetti-Cecchi L, Iken K, Konar B, Cruz-Motta J, Knowlton A, Pohle G, Castelli A, Tamburello L, Mead A, Trott T, Miloslavich P, Wong M, Shirayama Y, Lardicci C, Palomo G, Maggiet E. (2010). Spatial Relationships between Polychaete Assemblages and Environmental Variables over Broad Geographical Scales. PLoS ONE 5(9): e12946. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012946

Co-authored Book Chapter, 2011

  • Konar, B, K Iken, G Pohle, P Miloslavich, JJ Cruz-Motta, L. Benedetti-Cecchi, E Kimani, A Knowlton, T Trott, T Iseto, Y Shirayama. 2010. Surveying nearshore biodiversity. In: AD McIntyre, editor. Life in the world’s oceans: diversity, distribution, and abundance. Oxford, Blackwell Publishing Ltd. Pp. 27-41.

Peer Reviewed Articles

  • Patricia Miloslavich, Juan José Cruz-Motta, Eduardo Klein, Katrin Iken, Vanessa Weinberger, Brenda Konar, Tom Trott, Gerhard Pohle, Gregorio Bigatti, Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi, Yoshihisa Shirayama, Angela Mead, Gabriela Palomo, Manuel Ortiz, Judith Gobin, Adriana Sardi, Juan Manuel Díaz, Ann Knowlton, Melisa Wong, Ana C. Peralta. 2013. Large-Scale Spatial Distribution Patterns of Gastropod Assemblages in Rocky Shores. PLoS ONE 8(8): e71396. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0071396
  • Trott, T.J. 2007. Zoogeography and changes in macroinvertebrate community diversity of rocky intertidal habitats on the Maine coast. Pages 54-73 in Challenges in Environmental Management in the Bay of Fundy-Gulf of Maine. Proceedings of the 7th Bay of Fundy Science Workshop, St. Andrews, NB, Oct. 24-27th, 2006. G. W. Pohle,P.G. Wells and S.J. Rolston, eds. Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership, Technical Report No. 3. February, 2007. Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership, Acadia University, Wolfville, NS.
  • Trott, T.J. 2007. Can biodiversity be measured independent of sampling effort? Pages 263-266 in Challenges in Environmental Management in the Bay of Fundy-Gulf of Maine. Proceedings of the 7th Bay of Fundy Science Workshop, St. Andrews, NB, Oct. 24-27th, 2006. G. W. Pohle, P.G. Wells and S.J. Rolston, eds. Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership, Technical Report No. 3. February, 2007. Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership, Acadia University, Wolfville, NS.
  • Trott, T.J. 2005. Qualitative faunal changes during the late 20th century in Cobscook Bay, Maine. Pp. 324 – 352. In: J.A. Percy, A.J. Evans, P.G. Wells, and S.J. Rolston. (Eds.). Proceedings of the 6th Bay of Fundy Workshop, Cornwallis, Nova Scotia. Environment Canada-Atlantic Region. Occasional Report No. 23. Environment Canada, Dartmouth, N.S. and Sackville, N.B. 480 pp. + xliv.
  • Trott, T.J. 2004. Cobscook inventory: a historical checklist of marine invertebrates spanning 162 years. Northeastern Naturalist 11 (Special Issue 2): 261-324.
  • Trott, T.J. 2004. Late 20th century qualitative intertidal faunal changes in a boreal macrotidal estuary, Cobscook Bay. Northeastern Naturalist 11 (Special Issue 2): 325-354.
  • Trott, T.J. 1999. Gustatory responses of ghost crab Ocypode quadrata to seawater extracts and chemical fractions of natural stimuli. Journal of Chemical Ecology 25: 375-388.
  • Trott, T.J. 1998. Gustatory responses of Priapulus caudatus De Lamarck, 1816 (Priapulida, Priapulidae): feeding behavior and chemoreception by a living fossil. Marine Behavior and Physiology 31: 251-257.
  • Trott, T.J., R. Voigt, and J. Atema. 1997. Chemoreception by the red-jointed fiddler crab Uca minax (Le Conte): Spectral tuning properties of the walking legs. Marine Behavior and Physiology 30: 239-249.
  • Trott, T.J., R. Voigt, and J. Atema. 1995. Spectral tuning properties of the walking legs of the red-jointed fiddler crab. Chemical Senses 20: 794. Book Reviews
  • Trott, T.J. 1988. Biology of the Land Crabs. Journal of Crustacean Biology 8:711. Technical Reports
  • Trott, T.J. 2006. Intertidal biodiversity in the Gulf of Maine: detecting patterns of diversity and community change. Census of Marine Life Gulf of Maine Project, Sloan Foundation.
  • Trott, T.J. 2003. Intertidal Communities of Rocky Shore Habitats in Cobscook Bay, Maine: the influences of hydrodynamics, exposure, and sediment. The Nature Conservancy, Maine Chapter.
  • Trott, T.J. 2002. Status of the Marine Invertebrate Critical Areas in Cobscook Bay, Maine. he Nature Conservancy, Maine Chapter.

Recent Oral Presentations

  • Trott, T.J. 2008. History of the Nearshore Synthesis Plan. Simon Bolivar University, Caracas, Venezuela, Natural Geography in Shore Areas of the Census of Marine Life
  • Trott, T.J. 2008. How I Became A Marine Scientist. University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine. Telling Your Story workshop, sponsored by the Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence-New England and the Gulf of Maine Area Program of the Census of Marine Life Website
  • Trott, T.J. 2008. Maine’s Nearshore History. 37th Annual Benthic Ecology Meeting, Providence, Rhode Island
  • Trott, T.J. 2007. Rocky Intertidal Ecology of Coastal Maine. Ferry Beach Ecology School, Saco, Maine. Presentation to teaching interns.
  • Trott, T.J. 2007. Monitoring Intertidal Community Diversity: Faunal Shifts, Local Extinctions, and Abundance Variations. New England Estuarine Research Society, Boothbay Harbor, Maine
  • Trott, T.J. 2006. Historical perspective of community diversity of rocky intertidal habitats on the Maine coast. Proceedings of the 7th Bay of Fundy Workshop, St. Andrews, NB.

Current Professional Activities

  • 2008-present
    Chair, History of the Nearshore Synthesis Project, Census of Marine Life
  • 2007-present
    Gulf of Maine Council for the Environment, Climate Change Indicator Partnership,Aquatics Indicators Subcommittee
  • 2006-present
    Editorial Board, Northeastern Naturalist, Allen Press
  • 2004-present
    Steering and Systematics Committees, Bio-diversity Discovery Corridor, Canada
  • 2003-present
    Scientific Steering Committee, Census of Marine Life Gulf of Maine Area Program

Current Grant Support

  • 2008, History of the Nearshore Synthesis Project, Census of Marine Life Natural Geography in Shore Areas
  • 2008, A synthesis of intertidal community biodiversity; contributions of the nearshore to the Gulf of Maine ecosystem. Census of Marine Life Gulf of Maine Area Program
  • 2008, The effects of rockweed, Ascophyllum nodosum, harvesting on associated macroinvertebrate fauna in Cobscook Bay, Maine. State of Maine Department of Marine Resources
  • 2008, Assessing intertidal macroinvertebrate communities of Cobscook Bay and the Maine coast with a field sampling program for Cobscook Bay introducing the Natural Geography of Shore Areas (NaGISA) into the Gulf of Maine. Census of Marine Life/NaGISA, History of Natural Shores Program (HNS), Sloan Foundation
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Courses Taught

  • Biology 202 - Scientific Writing in Biology
  • Biology 315 - Animal Behavior
  • Biology 333/L333 - Ecology
  • Biology 355/L355 - Invertebrate Biology