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  • Augyte, S. and F.J. Shaughnessy. 2014. A floristic analysis of the marine algae and seagrasses between Cape Mendocino, California and Cape Blanco, Oregon, USA. Botanica Marina DOI 10.1515/bot-2013-0032.

  • Shaughnessy, F.J., W. Gilkerson, J.M. Black, D.H. Ward and M. Petrie. 2012. Predicted eelgrass response to sea level rise and its availability to foraging Black Brant in Pacific coast estuaries. Ecological Applications 22: 1743-1761.

  • Fritz, G.B., F.J. Shaughnessy and T.J. Mulligan. 2009. Brassbuttons: An Introduced Species in a Restored Salt Marsh (Oregon). Ecological Restoration 27: 389 - 391.

  • Judd, C., S. Steinberg, L. Fox, F. Shaughnessy and G. Crawford. 2007. Mapping salt marsh vegetation using aerial hyperspectral imagery and linear unmixing in Humboldt Bay, California. Wetlands 27: 144-1152.

  • Shaughnessy, F.J., C. McGary, A. Frimodig, C. Witte and G. Roberts. 2004. Known and unknown aspects of top-down and bottom-up mechanisms regulating eelgrass in Humboldt Bay, CA. In Current Perspectives on the Physical and Biological Processes of Humboldt Bay., edited by S. Schlosser and R. Rasmussen, 65-104. Eureka: California Sea Grant.

  • Shaughnessy, F.J. 2004. Contrasting patterns of allometry and realized plasticity in the sister species Mazzaella splendens and Mazzaella linearis (Rhodophyta). Journal of Phycology 40: 846-856.

  • Shaughnessy, F.J. and R. De Wreede. 2001. Size, survival and the potential for reproduction in transplants of Mazzaella splendens and Mazzaella linearis (Rhodophyta). Marine Ecology Progress Series 222: 109-118.

  • Shaughnessy, F.J. 1996. Identification and microgeographic distribution of Mazzaella splendens and Mazzaella linearis. Canadian Journal of Botany 74: 999-1008.

  • Shaughnessy, F.J., R. De Wreede and E. Bell. 1996. Consequences of morphology and tissue strength to blade survivorship of two closely related Rhodophyta species. Marine Ecology Progress Series 136: 257-266.

  • De Wreede, R., P. Ewanchuk and F. Shaughnessy. 1992. Wounding, healing and survivorship in three kelp species. Marine Ecology Progress Series 82: 259-266.

  • Shaughnessy, F.J. 1991. Reliability of the resorcinol method for identifying isomorphic phases in the Gigartinaceae (Rhodophyta). Journal of Applied Phycology 3: 121-127.

  • Ang, P., R. De Wreede, F. Shaughnessy and L. Dyck. 1990. A simulation model for an Iridaea splendens (Gigartinales, Rhodophyta) population in Vancouver, Canada. Hydrobiologia 204/205: 191-196.

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Educational Background

  • 1994 – Ph.D., University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Phycology)

  • 1986 – M.Sc., University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire (Phycology)

  • 1982 – B.Sc., St. Lawrence University (Biology)

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  • CeNCOOS phase II

  • Baseline Monitoring of MPA Estuaries on the North Coast of California

  • Baseline Monitoring of Estuaries on the North Coast of California.

  • CeNCOOS ocean observation in northern CA.

  • Eelgrass community responses to grazing by an aggressive herbivore: an experimental approach.

  • The California State University Center for Integrative Coastal Ocean Research

  • CeNCOOS long-term monitoring of environmental conditions in support of protected marine area management in central and northern California.

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Positions & Honors

  • 2011-present – Board Member, Coastal Ecosystems Institute of Northern California

  • 2009 – Outstanding Faculty Award, Student Disability Resource Center, Humboldt State University

  • 2008-2012 – CeNCOOS Council Representative, CeNCOOS

  • 2007-present – Professor of Botany, Humboldt State University

  • 2001-2007 – Associate Professor of Botany, Humboldt State University

  • 1996-2001 – Assistant Professor of Botany, Humboldt State University

  • 1996 – Post-doctoral fellow, Louisiana State University

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Collaborators, Advisors & Advisees

  • Anderson, J – Northern Hydrology & Engineering

  • Bjorkstedt, E – Fisheries Ecology Division, SWFSC, NMFS & Department of Fisheries Biology (Adjunct), Humboldt State University

  • Black, J – Humboldt State University

  • Dale, G – Coast Seafoods, Inc.

  • Frimodig, A – CA Fish & Wildlife

  • Kullmann, S – Wiyot Tribe, Environmental Director

  • Mulligan, T – Humboldt State University

  • Nielsen, K – Romburg Tiburon Labs; SF State

  • Tyburczy, J – CA Sea Grant

  • Ward, D – US Geological Survey

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