Publications

Forthcoming

Upcoming Special Issue. Pacific Deep-Sea Discoveries: Geological and Biological Exploraton, Patterns, and Processes. Topic Editors: RD Rotjan, D Amon, W Chadwick, S Hammond. Special Research Topic. Frontiers in Marine Science.

2019

Mangubhai S., Lovell E., Abeta R., Donner S., Fedfern F., O’Brien M., Aram K.T., Rotjan R., Gillett R., Eria T., Teetu S., Bebe R. 2019. Kiribati: Atolls and marine ecosystems. In C. Sheppard (ed.) World Seas: An Environmental Evaluation Volume II: The Indian Ocean to the Pacific. Second Edition. Elsevier / Academic Press. 934 pgs. London, UK. ISBN 978-0-08-100853-9

2018

Burmester, E., A. Breef-Pilz, N. Lawrence, L. Kaufman, J. Finnerty, and R. Rotjan. 2018. The impact of autotrophic versus heterotrophic nutritional pathways on colony health and wound recovery in corals. Ecology and Evolution 00:1-12.

Mangubhai, S., Y. Nand and R.D. Rotjan. 2018. Discovery of a recovering climax Acropora community in Kanton Lagoon in the remote Phoenix Islands Protected Area. Pacific Conservation Biology. https://doi.org/10.1071/PC18051

Goss, H.A., J. Jaskiel, and R.D. Rotjan. 2018. Thalassia testudinum as a potential vector for incorporating microplastics into benthic marine food webs. Marine Pollution Bulletin 135: 1085-1089. 

Brainard, R.E., T. Oliver, M. J. McPhaden, A. Cohen, R. Venegas, A. Heenan, B. Vargas-Ángel, R.Rotjan, S. Mangubhai, E. Flint, S. A. Hunter. 2018. Ecological Impacts of the 2015-2016 El Niño in the Central Equatorial Pacific. Bulletin of the American Meterological Society (5): 521-52631-1_supplement

D. McKinnie, R.D. Rotjan, and A. Lelei Peau. 2018. Exploring the Pacific Through International Partnerships. In: Raineault, N.A, J. Flanders, and A. Bowman, eds. New frontiers in ocean exploration: The E/V Nautilus, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, and R/V Falkor 2017 field seasonOceanography 31(1), supplement, 126 pp.

Vogt, D.M., K.P. Becker, B.T. Philips, M.A. Graule, R.D. Rotjan, T.M. Shank, E.E. Cordes, R.J. Wood, and D.F. Gruber. 2018. 3D Printing of soft robots at sea: Ad-hoc design and fabrication of soft actuators for the investigation of delicate deep-sea organisms. PLoS ONE 13(8): e0200386

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Bonaldo, R. and R.D. Rotjan. 2018. A global perspective of parrotfish corallivory. In: The Biology and Ecology of Parrotfishes. A. Hoey, D. Bellwood, and R. Bonaldo, eds. Science Publishers (An imprint of CRC Press / Taylor & Francis Group). 420 pgs. 

Chancerelle, Y., V. Liao, S. Mangubhai, C. Moritz, S. Planes, R. Rotjan, G. Siu, J. Smith. 2018. Republic of Kiribati country report. In: Moritz C, Vii J, Lee Long W, Tamelander J, Thomassin A, Planes S (editors). (2018) Status and Trends of Coral Reefs of the Pacific. Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network. ICRI, GCRMN, UN Environment. 220 pages. 

2017

Opel, A., J. Pakes-Nelson, R.D. Rotjan, and C.M. Cavanaugh. 2017. The effect of coral restoration of reef fish communities. Marine Biology 164 (12): 221

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Sharp, K.H., Z.A. Pratte, A.H. Kerwin, R.D. Rotjan, and F.J. Stewart. 2017. Season, but not symbiont state, drives microbiome structure in the temperate coral Astrangia poculata. Microbiome 5(120): 1-14 

Burmester EM, Finnerty JR, Kaufman L, Rotjan RD. 2017. Temperature and symbiosis affect lesion recovery in experimentally wounded, facultative symbiotic temperate corals. Marine Ecology Progress Series 570: 87-99.

R.D. Rotjan and T. Teroroko. 2017. Advancing science and partnership in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area. United Nations SDG14 Voluntary Commitment. #OceanAction20828 

2016

DeFilippo, L., EM Burmester, L Kaufman, and RD Rotjan. 2016. Patterns of surface lesion recovery in the northern star coral, Astrangia poculata. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 481: 15-24 

R.D. Rotjan, J. Witting, S. Thorrold, and C. Braun. 2016. The scientific and conservation value of Winslow Reef as part of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area. New England Aquarium (6 pgs).

R.D. Rotjan, S. Mangubhai, and N. Hillgarth. 2016. American Samoa Expedition 2016– Assessment Report. New England Aquarium. 18 pgs.

Obura, D, SD Donner, S Walsh, S Mangubhai, and RD Rotjan. Phoenix Islands Protected Area climate change vulnerability assessment and management. Living Document. Report to the New England Aquarium. Boston, MA, USA. 35 pp. Updated January 18, 2016

Rotjan RD. 2016. Introduction for Science Comics: Coral Reefs, Cities of the Ocean. Maris Wicks (author), First Second (publisher). 1-Sciencecomics

2015

Kemp, D.W., D.J. Thornhill, R.D. Rotjan, R. Iglesias-Prieto, W.K. Fitt, and G.W. Schmidt. 2015. Spatially-distinct and regionally-endemic Symbiodinium assemblages in the threatened Caribbean reef-building coral Orbicella faveolata. Coral Reefs 34(2): 535-547

Perrault, JR, EM Muller, ER Hall, and RD Rotjan. 2015. Presence of the northern star coral on a nesting loggerhead turtle. Reef Encounter 30(1): 46 

Mangubhai, S. and R.D. Rotjan. 2015. Phoenix Islands Protected Area Expedition 2015 – Assessment Report. New England Aquarium. 84 pgs.

2014

Rotjan RD, R Jamieson, B Carr, L Kaufman, S Mangubhai, D Obura, R Pierce, B Rimon, B Ris, S Sandin, P Shelley, R Sumaila, S Taei, H Tausig, T Teroroko, S Thorrold, B Wikgren, T Toatu, G Stone. 2014. Establishment, management, and maintenance of the Phoenix Islands Protected AreaIn:Johnson, ML and J Sandell. 2014. Advances in Marine Biology: Marine Managed Areas and Fisheries, vol. 69. Elsevier, Oxford, UK. 

Mangubhai, S, AM Strauch, DO Obura, G Stone, and RD Rotjan. 2014. Short-term changes of fish assemblages observed in the near-pristine reefs of the Phoenix Islands. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 24(2): 505-518

2013

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Wagner, Daniel, Aulani Wilhelm, Alan Friedlander, Andrew Skeat, Anne Sheppard, Brian Bowen, Carlos Gaymar, Gustavo San Martin, Ian Wright, Jason Philibotte, John Parks, Jolene Bosanquet, Kahoane Aiona, Joseph Brider, Kim Morishige, Liz Wright-Koteka, Nai’a Lewis, Noeline Brownie, Randall K. Kosaki, Randi D Rotjan, Regen Jamieson Milani, Rob Toonen, Rochelle Constantine, Schannel van Dijken, Sean Andreson, Sue Taei, Tania Temata, Tim Carruthers, Trevor Dublin, Tukabu Teroroko, Tupe Short, Wiriki Tooma, Zeenatul Basher. 2013. Big ocean: A shared research agenda for large-scale marine protected areas. Big Ocean: Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument & UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. Proceedings of the 25th International Congress for Conservation Biology, Auckland, NZ.

Dimond, JL, AH Kerwin, RD Rotjan, K Sharp, FJ Stewart, and DJ Thornhill. 2013. A simple temperature-based model predicts the upper latitudinal limit of the temperate coral Astrangia poculata. Coral Reefs 32(2): 401-409 

Rotjan RD and JA Idjadi. 2013. Surf and Turf: Toward better synthesis by cross-system understanding. Oikos 122(2): 285-287  surf_turf

Newman, RM and RD Rotjan. 2013. Re-examining the fundamentals of grazing: freshwater, marine, and terrestrial similarities and contrasts. Oikos 122(2): 317-320

D.O. Obura and R.D. Rotjan. 2013. Coral reefs and climate change. In: Undewater Eden, Saving the last coral wilderness on earth. G.S. Stone and D.O. Obura, eds. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago. 170 pp.

2012

Edquist, SK and RD Rotjan. 2012. Testing vacancy chain predictions in Pagurus longicarpus hermit crabs: Does ecological gain and behavioral motivation match environmental context? Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 430: 78-86

Mangubhai, S., R.D. Rotjan, and D.O. Obura. 2012. Phoenix Islands Protected Area Expedition 2012 – Assessment Report. New England Aquarium. 44 pgs.

2011

Thornhill, DJ, RD Rotjan, BD Todd, GC Chilcoat, R Iglesias-Prieto, DW Kemp, TC LaJeunesse, J McCabe Reynolds, GW Schmidt, T Shannon, ME Warner, and WK Fitt. 2011. A connection between colony biomass and death in Caribbean reef-building corals. PLoS One 6(12): e29535

Stone, G.S., C. Huffard, M. Erdmann, E. Montague, B. Robison, and R.D. Rotjan. 2011. Seamount Expedition in Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia: A trip report of science activities. Conservation International. 19 pgs

RD Rotjan and PF Gawne, eds. 2011. Smithsonian Institution Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems (CCRE) reef assessment and monitoring plan, Carrie Bow Caye, Belize. With key contributions from James Dimond, Walter Flaherty, Zach Foltz, Brian Helmuth, Scott Jones, Les Kaufman, Karen Koltes, Sara Lewis, Valerie Paul, Stuart Sandin, and John Tschirky. Filed with the Smithsonian Institution and the New England Aquarium. 19 pgs.

Mandelman, J., R.D. Rotjan, K. Lagueux, J. Idjadi. Assessing the biological effects of offshore Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) port areas. 2011. New England Aquarium. 57 pgs

2010

Rotjan, RD and JL Dimond. 2010. Discriminating causes from consequences of persistent parrotfish corallivory. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 390(2): 188-195

Berumen, ML and RD Rotjan. 2010. New records of corallivory in the Red Sea. Coral Reefs 29(3): 727.

Rotjan, RD, JR Chabot, & SM Lewis. 2010. Social context of shell acquisition in Coenobita clypeatus hermit crabs. Behavioral Ecology 21(3): 639-646

Rotjan, R.D. and D.O. Obura. 2010. Phoenix Islands Protected Area 10-Year Research Vision. New England Aquarium. 36 pgs

2009

Rhyne, A, RD Rotjan, A Bruckner, and M Tlusty. 2009. Crawling to collapse: Ecologically unsound ornamental invertebrate fisheries. PLoS ONE; 4(12): e8413

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Lewis, SM and RD Rotjan. 2009. Vacancy chains provide aggregate benefits to Coenobita clypeatus hermit crabs. Ethology 115 (4): 356-365.

Rotjan, RD and SM Lewis. 2009. Predators selectively graze reproductive structures in a clonal marine organism. Marine Biology 156: 569-577.

Kehle, P. and R.D. Rotjan. 2009. Movin’ On Up: Modeling how hermit crabs find new homes. Consortium: Math Today: p. 3-8.

Stone, G.S., D.O. Obura, and R.D. Rotjan. 2009. Phoenix Islands Protected Area Expedition 2009 – Assessment Report. New England Aquarium. 35 pgs.

2008 and earlier

Rotjan, RD and SM Lewis. 2008. The impact of coral predators on tropical reefs. Marine Ecology Progress Series 367: 73-91.

Harmer, TL, RD Rotjan, AD Nussbaumer, M Bright, AW Ng, EG DeChaine, and CM Cavanaugh. 2008. Free-living tubeworm endosymbionts found at deep-sea vents. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 74 (12): 3895-3898

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Griffiths, ME, RD Rotjan, and GS Ellmore. 2007. Salt spray deposition and secretion on leaves of the mangrove Avicennia germinans L. in the Exuma chain, Bahamas. Caribbean Journal of Science 44 (2): 267-271

Rotjan, RD, JL Dimond, D Thornhill, J Leichter, B Helmuth, D Kemp, and SM Lewis. 2006. Chronic parrotfish grazing impedes coral recovery after bleaching. Coral Reefs 25: 361-368.

Rotjan, RD and SM Lewis. 2006. Parrotfish abundance and selective corallivory on a Belizean coral reef. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 335: 292-301.

Rotjan, RD and SM Lewis. 2005. Selective predation by parrotfishes on the reef coral Porites astreoides. Marine Ecology Progress Series 305: 193-201.

Rotjan, RD, J Blum, and SM Lewis. 2004. Shell choice in Pagurus longicarpus: Does predation threat influence shell choice behavior? Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 56(2): 171-176 Click here

Pechenik, JA, M Blanchard, and RD Rotjan. 2004. Susceptibility of larval Crepidula fornicatato predation by suspension-feeding adults. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 306(1): 75-94

Rotjan, RD, NW Calderone, and TD Seeley. 2002. How a honey bee colony mustered additional labor for the task of pollen foraging. Apidologie 33(4): 367-373

 


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