Daphne Munroe
Assistant Professor
(856) 785-0074 ext. 4325
Mailing Address:
  Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory
  6959 Miller Avenue
  Port Norris, NJ 08349 USA


Ph.D. 2006 University of British Columbia, Vancouver Canada
B.Sc.Hon. 2000. Simon Fraser University, Burnaby Canada 


Research Interests

Marine & Coastal Sustainability
Intersecting Larval Ecology and Population Connectivity

Marine invertebrate populations are connected to one another by dispersal of early life stages called larvae.  On large scales (kms), physical and passive processes operate on mobile larvae, while at smaller scales (cm to m) biological and active processes dominate larval dispersal. My research aims to examine the intersection of these scales and how it translates to population dynamics.  I study spatial and temporal patterns of larval settlement in coastal and marine ecosystems and their influence on invertebrate populations.  My approach to these questions uses a combination of computer modeling, field-based research and laboratory experiments. 

Current Research Projects

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Courses Taught

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(11:628:125:90) Online course offered in the fall. Introductory oceanography course for non-science majors.

(11:090:101:08) Undergraduate Byrne Seminar course, offered in the fall.

Selected Publications

Munroe, Daphne, John M. Klinck, Eileen E. Hofmann and Eric N. Powell  2014.  A modelling study of the role of marine protected areas in metapopulation genetic connectivity in Delaware Bay oysters.  Aquatic Conservation.

Munroe, D., J. Klinck, E. Hofmann, and E.N. Powell. 2013. How do shellfisheries influence genetic connectivity in metapopulations? A modeling study examining the role of lower size limits in oyster fisheries. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 70(12): 1813-1828,

Munroe, D.M., E.N. Powell, R. Mann, J.M. Klinck, and E.E. Hofmann. 2013. Underestimation of primary productivity on continental shelves: evidence from maximum size of extant surfclam (Spisula solidissima) populations. Fisheries Oceanography, 22: 220–233. doi: 10.1111/fog.12016.

Munroe, D., A. Tabatabai, I. Burt, D. Bushek, E. N.Powell & J. Wilkin. 2013. Oyster mortality in Delaware Bay: Impacts and recovery from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 135:209-219.

Munroe, D.M., and Noda, T. 2010. Physical and Biological Factors Contributing to Changes in the Relative Importance of Recruitment to Population Dynamics in Open Populations. Marine Ecology Progress Series 412: 151-162.

Munroe, D.M., Noda, T., and Ikeda, T. 2010. Shore Level Differences in Barnacle (Chthamalus dalli) Recruitment Relative to Rock Surface Topography. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 392: 188-192.

Munroe, D.M, and T. Noda. 2009. Spatial pattern of rocky intertidal barnacle recruitment: comparison over multiple tidal levels and years. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 89(2): 345-353.

Munroe, D.M., and R.S. McKinley. 2007. Effect of predator netting on recruitment and growth of Manila clams (Venerupis philippinarum) on soft substrate intertidal plots in British Columbia, Canada. Journal of Shellfish Research. 26(4): 1035-1044.

Munroe, D.M. and R.S. McKinley. 2007. Commercial Manila clam (Tapes philippinarum) tenures in British Columbia, Canada: the effects of anti-predator netting on intertidal sediment characteristics. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 72: 319-328.

Munroe, D., and S. McKinley. 2005. Consideration of turbulence in calibration of plaster blocks used for flow measurement. Aquaculture Canada 2004 Proceedings of Contributed Papers. AAC Spec. Publ. No. 9. C.I. Henrdry Editor.

Munroe, D.M., D. Bright and S. McKinley. 2004. Separation of Recently Settled Manila Clams (Tapes philippinarum A. Adams and Reeve, 1850) From Three Sediment Types Using Sucrose Density Solution. Journal of Shellfish Research, 23(1):89-92.  

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