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Carmela Cuomo, Ph.D.

Education

Ph.D. Yale University, Geology & Geophysics

M.Phil. Yale University, Geology & Geophysics

B.A. Adelphi University, Biology & Geology

 

Research Interests

  • Sedimentary and biological controls on anoxic and hypoxic bottom water conditions
    The link between hypoxia and lobster die-offs in Western Long Island Sound
    Sediment oxygen demand as a structuring influence on the development of anoxic “dead” zones
    Marine policy issues related to emplacement of power lines, natural gas pipelines, & other energy-related structures.
    Limulus polyphemus aquaculture
    Geomicrobiological relationships within bacterial mats
    Biomineralization by microbial mats - ancient and modern
    Preservation of fecal pellets within microbial mats -- both ancient and modern.
    Development of remote sensing tools to assess benthic changes in small estuaries and riverine systems
    The benthic fauna of the Quinnipiac, Branford, and Housatonic Rivers
    Bioaccumulation by benthic organisms
    The paleoecological relationships of the earliest metazoans
    The identification of biogenic pelletal fabrics in the rock record
    The relationship between pelletal fabrics and hydrocarbon source rock potential.
     Improving K-12 science education in both public & private schools

Areas of Expertise

  • Marine & Estuarine Animal-Sediment-Geochemical Interactions 
    Marine & Coastal Hypoxic and Anoxic Systems 
    Sediment Sulfide Geochemistry 
    Geomicrobiology 
    Estuarine and marine benthic ecology 
    Marine Invertebrate Organisms 
    Environmental Science 
    Stratigraphy & Paleoecology of Black Shales 
    Environmental Evolution through Time

Selected Recent Publications

Cuomo, C. &  R. Valente, (in review). Bottom Water Geochemistry as a Structuring Influence on Marine Benthic Communities: An Analysis Using Sediment Profile Imaging. Estuaries. 

Valente, R. & C. Cuomo (2005) Did multiple sediment-associated stressors contribute to the 1999 lobster mass mortality event in Western Long Island Sound, USA. Estuaries and Coasts 28:529-540
  
Cuomo, C., R. Valente, & D. Dogru (2005). Seasonal Variation in Sediment & Bottom Water Chemistry of Western Long Island Sound: Implications for Lobster Mortality. Journal of Shellfish Research. 24: 805-814

Cuomo, C. and P. Van Patten (2004). Long Island Sound: The State of the Estuary, Proceedings of the 6th. Biennial Long Island Sound Conference, October 2002, Office of Long Island Sound Programs, Connecticut Sea Grant.

Cuomo, C, R. Valente, & D. Dogru. (2004). Monitoring of Bottom Water and Sediment Conditions at Critical Stations in Western Long Island Sound. Proceedings of the 6th. Biennial Long Island Sound Conference, October 2002, Office of Long Island Sound Programs, Connecticut Sea Grant.
 
Cuomo, C. and R. Valente, 2003. Monitoring of  Bottom Water and Sediment Conditions at Critical Stations in WLIS. EPA Special Report, Office of LIS Programs.

Cuomo, C., 2000. The benthos of the lower Quinnipiac River: a preliminary study in: The Proceedings of the Long Island Sound Conference, October 1998, SUNY   Purchase, Purchase, NY.

Cuomo, C., 2000. An Initial Assessment of the Benthic Communities and Associated Sediment Characteristics of the Lower Quinnipiac River, prepared as part of the Quinnipiac River Non-Point Source Pollution Assessment. Project Report Number 319-9804 in: A Summary Report of the Quinnipiac River Watershed Biological Survey, R.Pupedis, ed., Yale University Center for Coastal & Water-shed Systems, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and The Peabody Museum of Natural History.

Selected Recent Reports & Other Types of Publications:

McHone, N. & C. Cuomo (2004). Field Trip Guide to the Mesozoic Rocks of the Central Valley of Connecticut. CD-ROM.     State of Connecticut DEP publication.

Cuomo, C. and R. Valente, 2003.Monitoring of Bottom Water Chemical Conditions & Sediments in Western Long Island Sound, CT DEP Final Report.

Cuomo, C. 2003. The Benthic Organisms of Milford Point, CT & Their Relationship to Migratory Shorebird Activities.  Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, Long Island Sound License Plate Fund Final Report.

Valente, R. and C. Cuomo, 2001. REMOTStm imaging and bottom water chemistry of Western Long Island Sound – a Preliminary Exploration of the Contribution of Hypoxia to the Lobster Mortality Event of 1999. EPA Special Report, Office 
of Long Island Sound Programs.

Valente, R. and C. Cuomo,2001. REMOTStm imaging and bottom water chemistry of Western Long Island Sound – a Preliminary Exploration of the Contribution of Hypoxia to the Lobster Mortality Event of 1999. EPA Special Report, Office of Long Island Sound Programs.

Cuomo, C., 2000. An Initial Assessment of the Benthic Communities and Associated Sediment Characteristics of the Lower Quinnipiac River, prepared as part of the Quinnipiac River Non-Point Source Pollution Assessment. Project Report Number 319-9804 in: A Summary Report of the Quinnipiac River Watershed Biological Survey, R.Pupedis, ed., Yale University Center for Coastal & Water-shed Systems, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and The Peabody Museum of Natural History.

Affiliations

  • Curatorial Affiliate, Yale University Peabody Museum of Natural History             
    Vice-President of the Board, The Quinnipiac River Watershed Association 
    Member & Co-Chair, US EPA, Long Island Sound Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee 
    Member, Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center, Scientific Advisory Committee, 
    Member, The Sound School, Scientific Advisory Committee

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