Faculty & Staff

Go Back

Frank Shaughnessy

A portrait of Dr. Frank Shaughnessy taken in front of a tree.

General Information

Professor of Botany
Seaweed and Seagrass Ecology
Phone: (707) 826-4133
Office: Science D 171
Email: fjs3@humboldt.edu
Personal Website: N/A

Academic background


Summary of research

I am interested in the population and community ecology of marine algae and seagrasses. My students and I are often involved in projects relevant to the management of Humboldt Bay. Active projects include the updating of the seaweed flora for northern California, examining the eelgrass and invertebrate response to the grazing of eelgrass by black brant geese, the examination of bottom up limiting factors to eelgrass, and the description of the phytoplankton community in the bay. I am also involved in CSU collaborative effort to set up an integrated ocean observation platform to monitor near shore marine water quality.

Sample publications

Graduate students

Current students: Lydia Evers, Eric LaBlanc, Saskia Raether

Former students:

Simona Augyte

Bethany Baibak

Brian Gillespie. 2000. An experimental evaluation of the effects of light and predation on the intertidal population structure of the snail Tegula funebralis (Gastropoda, Trochidae).

Gisela Fritz. 2001. Floral and faunal recovery in a restored coastal wetland: Kunz Marsh, South Slough, Coos Bay, Oregon. Gisela was co-supervised by Dr. Tim Mulligan.

Aimee Keiser. 2004. The spatial and temporal variation in eelgrass, Zostera marina, its epiphytes, and the grazer Phyllaplysia taylori.

Kathleen Williamson. 2006. Vegetation and site-specific variables as abundance predictors of Dungeness crab (Cancer magister) and other invertebrates in eelgrass (Zostera marina) meadows of South Bay, Humboldt Bay, CA.

Ginger Tennant. 2006. Experimental effects of ammonium on eelgrass (Zostera marina) shoot density in Humboldt Bay, California. Co-Awardee of the Rumble Award for Best Graduate Student in Botany, ’06.

Adam Frimodig. 2007. An experimental investigation into the effects of black brant geese grazing on the abundance, size, and composition of animals in a southern Humboldt Bay eelgrass bed.

Greg O’Connell. Temporal patterns of the phytoplankton community in Humboldt Bay

Aleika Vicente

Andrew Weltz.