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Cuomo, Carmela (full)
Carmela
Cuomo
Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Arts & Sciences
Biology & Environmental Science
203-479-4553
DODD314
Dodds Hall
About

    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
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    Education

    Ph.D. Yale University, Geology & Geophysics

    M.Phil. Yale University, Geology & Geophysics

    B.A. Adelphi University, Biology & Geology


    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