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Bridget Holohan

University of Connecticut
Department of Marine Sciences
1080 Shennecossett Road
Groton, CT 06340
Phone (860) 405-9073
Fax (860) 405-9153

Research focus:  Examine form, function and scaling of a fundamental process, i.e., food acquisition, during key ontogenetic periods (post metamorphosis) and growth;  Investigate the functional significance and efficiency of alternative feeding mechanisms; Link functional morphology and ontogenetic changes in feeding mode to ecological  performance.

I have a wide variety of interests in marine science. I am particularly interested in the ecology of organisms and have worked for several years on the introduction of exotic marine species. I find it very fascinating how an ecosystem responds to the introduction of a new organism. My thesis research focused on the ecology of a burrowing anemone, Ceriantheopsis americanus, in Narragansett Bay.

My experience includes working as a Marine Science Teaching Assistant at the Williams College-Mystic Seaport Maritime Studies Program, Marine Science Instructor at the Wallops Island Marine Science Consortium, Oceanography Instructor at Acadia Institute of Oceanography, and a Research Associate at Williams College-Mystic Seaport Maritime Studies Program.

In addition to research, I am interested in teaching people about marine science. I enjoy interacting in an experiential teaching environment. I feel that "hands-on" learning is a very effective approach to education and therefore, try to employ this method whenever possible. It has been my experience that people gain a greater understanding and retain that understanding better if they are able to actually observe the scientific principles acting in nature.

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