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Zajac, Roman (full)
Professor, Coordinator, Graduate Environmental Science Program
Arts & Sciences
Biology & Environmental Science
Dodds Hall

    Current Research Programs:

    • Application of landscape ecology approaches to sea floor ecology
    • Development of Food web models for estuarine systems
    • Responses of sea floor communities to natural and human disturbances
    • Effects of saltmarsh change on coastal ecology 
    • Population ecology and genetics of polychaete annelids 
    • Application of geographic information systems (GIS) in environmental assessment  
    Personal / Zajac Lab Website:

    Recent Published Books and Articles

    Munguia, P.,  R. Osman, R. Whitlatch, J. Hamilton, and R. Zajac.  2011.  Changes in habitat heterogeneity alter marine sessile benthic communities.  Ecological Applications. 21:925-935.

    Osman, R.  P. Munguia , R. Whitlatch, J. Hamilton, and R. Zajac.  2010.  Potential thresholds and multiple community states in southern New England marine communities: integrating natural history with management strategies.  Marine Ecology Progress Series.   413:277-289

    Munguia, P. R. Osman, R. Whitlatch, J. Hamilton, and R. Zajac. 2010.  Community thresholds and species dominance in Long Island Sound benthic communities. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 413:229-240.

    Osman, R., P. Munguia, R. Zajac. 2010. Ecological thresholds in marine communities: theory, experiments and management. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 413:185-187.  

    Olson, M.A., R.N. Zajac & M. Russello. 2009. Estuarine-scale genetic variation in the polychaete Hobsonia florida in Long Island Sound and relationships to Pleistocene glaciations. Biological Bulletin, 217: 86–94.

    Neely, A., and R. Zajac. 2008. Applying marine protected area design models in large estuarine systems. Marine Ecology Progress Series 373:11-23.

    Zajac, R. 2008. Macrobenthic biodiversity and sea floor landscape structure. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 366:198-203

    Zajac, R.N, 2008. Challenges in marine, soft-sediment benthoscape ecology. Landscape Ecology 23, 7-18

    Hinchey, E., Nicholson, M., Zajac, R., Irlandi, E., 2008. Preface: Marine and coastal applications in landscape ecology. Landscape Ecology 23, 1-5

    Tenore, K. R.N. Zajac, J. Terwin and others. 2006. Characterizing the role benthos plays in large coastal sea and estuaries: a modular approach. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 330: 392- 402.

    Olson- Russello, M.A., R.N. Zajac, A. Caccone and M.A. Russello. 2006. Characterization of polymorphic microsatellite loci for the polychaete tubeworm Hobsonia florida. Molecular Ecology Notes. 6:390-395.

    Zajac, R.N. 2004. Macrofaunal responses to pit-mound patch dynamics in an intertidal mudflat: local versus patch-type effects. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 313: 297- 315

    Zajac, Roman N., Ralph S. Lewis, Lawrence J. Poppe, David C. Twichell, Joseph Vozarik, and Mary L. DiGiacomo-Cohen. 2003. Responses of infaunal populations to benthoscape structure and the potential importance of transition zones. Limnology Oceanography 48: 829-842