Biology & Marine Biology

Faculty & Staff

Christopher M. Finelli, Department Chair & Professor

photoPh.D., Marine Science, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC,1997
B.S., Biology, St. Francis College, Loretto, PA, 1991
Dobo Hall 102A | (910) 962-3487 | 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC, 28403-5915 |

My primary research interests fall at the interface of biology and physics. Specifically, I am interested in the interaction between the organism and its physical environment at a variety of spatial scales. Studies in my lab are diverse and not restricted to a single habitat, experimental organism or level of organization. Rather, we work across a variety of habitats and taxa to answer questions regarding physiology, behavior and ecology. Recent projects have examined bioirrigation of sedimentary environments by burrowing shrimp, the effects of water flow on photosynthesis by corals, chemosensory biology of blue crabs and other invertebrates, larval settlement and the effects of turbulence on the planktivory by coral reef fishes (including effects on escape responses of copepods).

Finelli, C.M., B.S.T. Helmuth, N.D. Pentcheff, and D.S. Wethey. 2006. Water flow influences oxygen transport and photosynthetic efficiency in corals. Coral Reefs 25(1) 47-57.

Atilla, N., J.W. Fleeger, and C.M. Finelli. 2005. Effects of habitat complexity and hydrodynamics on the abundance and diversity of small invertebrates colonizing artificial substrates. Journal of Marine Research 63(6):1151-1172.

Finelli, C.M. 2005. Bioirrigation as a source of nutrients for benthic algae: A study of burrow ventilation by ghost shrimp (Thalassinidea) from the Northern Gulf of Mexico. Geochemica et Cosmica Acta. 69(10 Suppl) A114.

Stanzel, C.D. and C.M. Finelli. 2004. The effects of temperature and salinity on ventilation behavior of two species of ghost shrimp (Thalassinidea) from the northern gulf of Mexico: a laboratory study. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 312:19-41.

Soniat, T.M., Finelli C.M., and J.T. Ruiz. 2004. Vertical structure and predator refuge mediate oyster reef development and community dynamics. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 310:163-182.

Finelli, C.M. and D.S. Wethey. 2003. Behavior of oyster (Crassostrea virginica) larvae in flume boundary layer flows. Marine Biology 143:703-711.

Finelli, C.M., Hart, D.D., and R.A. Merz. 2002. Stream insects as passive suspension feeders: the effects of velocity and food concentration on feeding performance. Oecologia 131:145-153.

Finelli, C.M. 2000. Velocity and concentration distributions in turbulent odor plumes in the presence of vegetation mimics: a flume study. Marine Ecology Progress Series 207:297-309.

Finelli, C.M., N.D. Pentcheff, R.K. Zimmer-Faust, and D.S. Wethey. 2000. Physical constraints on ecological processes: a field test of odor-mediated foraging. Ecology 81:784-797.

Grove, M.W., C.M. Finelli, D.S. Wethey, and S.A. Woodin. 2000. The effects of symbiotic crabs on the pumping activity and growth rates of the parchment worm Chaetopterus variegateus. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 246:31-52