Robert M. Woollacott

Robert M. Woollacott

Sabbatical, Academic Year 2017-2018
Professor of Biology
Curator of Marine Invertebrates in the Museum of Comparative Zoology
Robert M. Woollacott

Faculty Support: Helene Ferranti

Marine Biology with an emphasis in fouling organisms and introduced species. In this context, understanding the biology of dispersal stages such as larvae has important significance. Representative study areas include the synchronization of reproductive output with environmental cues, larval dispersal, induction and events of metamorphosis, and population structure and connectivity. Studies of invertebrates such as bryozoans, sponges and corals are emphasized.

 

Recent Publications

2017. Sears, M.A.B., J.W. Lenihan, A.J Baldinger, and R.M Woollacott. The Blagg Collection of California Bryozoa in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University. Breviora 556(1): 1-12.

2015 Johnson, C.H. and R.M. Woollacott. Analyses with newly developed microsatellite markers elucidate the spread dynamics ofTricellaria Inopinata d'Hondt and Occhipinti-Ambrogi, 1985 - a recently established bryozoan along the New England seashore. Aquatic Invasions10(2): 135-145.

2014 Winston, J., L. Vieira, and R. Woollacott. Scientific results of the Hassler Expedition. Bryozoa. No. 2. Brazil. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology161(5): 139-239.

2014 Sears, M.A.B. and R.M. Woollacott. Benjamin Harrison Grave: American invertebrate zoologist. pp. 137-167. In: Annals of Bryozoology 4: aspects of the history of research on bryozoans. Wyse Jackson, P. and M. Spenser Jones (eds). International Bryozoological Association, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

2012 Johnson, C.H. and R.M. Woollacott. Seasonal patterns of population structure in a colonial marine invertebrate (Bugula stolonifera, Bryozoa). Biological Bulletin 222: 203-213.

2012 Johnson, C.H., J.E. Winston, and R.M. Woollacott. Western Atlantic introduction and persistence of the marine bryozoan Tricellaria inopinataAquatic Invasions 7: 295-303.

2012  Goodbody-Gringley, G., R.M. Woollacott, G. Giribet.  Phylogeography and connectivity of the scleractinean coral Montastraea cavernosa (Linneaus, 1767) in the Western Atlantic.  Marine Ecology33: 32-48.

2011  Sears, M.A.B. and R.M. Woollacott.  Reverend William F. Lynch: A life in science and education. pp. 99-122. In: Annals of Bryozoology 3: aspects of the history of research on bryozoans. Wyse Jackson, P. and M. Spencer Jones (eds).  International Bryozoology Association, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.  pp. 234

2010 Johnson, C.H. and R.M. Woollacott. Larval settlement preference maximizes genetic mixing in an inbreeding population of a simultaneous hermaphrodite (Bugula stoloniferea Bryozoa). Molecular Ecology 19: 5511-5520.

2010 Goodbody-Gringley, G.S., V.S. Volmer, R.M. Woollacott and G. Giribet. Limited gene flow in the brooding coral Favia fragum (Esper, 1897). Marine Biology 157: 2591-2601.

2009 Winston, J.E. and R.M. Woollacott. Scientific results of the Hasslerexpedition. Bryozoa. No. 1. Barbados. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology. 159: 239-300.

2008 Winston, J.E. and R.M. Woollacott. Redescription and revision of some red pigmented species of Bugula. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology. 159: 179-212.

2008 Sears, M.A.B. and R.M. Woollacott.  Alice Robertson: educator and marine zoologist. pp. 305-345. In: Wyse Jackson, P. and M. Spencer Jones (eds).  Annals of Bryozoology 2: aspects of the history of research on bryozoans. International Bryozoology Association, Dublin, pp. viii+422.

2008 Pakes, M.J. and R.M. Woollacott. Reproduction of the gorgonianPlexaura flexuosa in Bermuda. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 357: 121-127

Courses Taught

SLS-22. Human Influences on Life in the Sea (with J.J. McCarthy)
Freshman Seminar 21k. Monsters and Movers in the Deep
OEB 234. Topics in Marine Biology
OEB 325. Marine Biology

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26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617-495-1755

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