Areas of Interest
Estuarine ecology and ecotoxicology; effects of stressors such as contaminants, invasive species and parasiteson development, growth, and behavior of estuarine & marine organisms.
Marine Biology, Environmental Issues, Biology of Pollution.
Memberships and Professional Service
Estuarine Research Federation; Ecological Society of America; Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry; American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), President, 2001; Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB, formerly known as the American Society of Zoologists); American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Chair, Biology Section, 1999; Keynote speaker, on the topic of
Marine Pollution, at the World Oceans Conference in Manado, Indonesia.
Judy and a student (rt) studying fiddler crab behavior in Indonesia, 2002.
Grants, Honors, and Awards
Fulbright Senior Specialist - Indonesia (Hasanuddin University, Makassar, South Sulawesi) May 2006;Rutgers Class of 1962 Presidential Public Service Award, 2003-2004; Environmental Award from Accabonac Protection Committee, 1996; Governor's Science Advisory Committee, N.J., President's Council of Cornell Women, Marine Board of the National Research Council, 1991; Elected Fellow of AAAS, 1985.
Academic Interests and Plans
My research has focused on estuarine ecology and ecotoxicology. I have published about 200 refereed papers, focusing mainly on stresses in the estuarine environment, and their effects on organisms, populations and communities. Particular areas of focus have been effects of environmental contaminants on growth, development, and behavior; development of tolerance to contaminants in populations living in contaminated areas; effects of invasive marsh plant species on estuarine ecology and on fate of metal contaminants. Much of the research has been focused on small fishes (mummichogs) and crustaceans(fiddler crabs, grass shrimp) in estuaries in the NY/NJ Harbor area.