Associate Professor
Department of Biology

Phone: 617-305-1968
Fax: 617-573-8245
Email: ttrott@suffolk.edu
Office: Donahue Building, Rm. 516

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

2006-present   Associate Professor of Biology, Suffolk University 
1999-2006 Assistant Professor of Biology, Suffolk University
1999-present  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 Herna´ndez A, Sardi A, Bueno A, Castillo J, Klein E, Guerra-Castro E, Gobin J, Go´mez DI, Riosmena-Rodrı´guez 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 Jose´ 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 Dı´az, 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

Courses Taught

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