Joe Caracappa
Joe Caracappa
Doctoral Candidate (Munroe)
(856) 785-0074 x4332
Mailing Address:
  Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory
  6959 Miller Avenue
  Port Norris, NJ  08349 USA


B.S. 2013 Boston College, Biology
Ph.D. candidate since 2014 Rutgers University, Graduate Program in Oceanography

Research Interests

My research primarily focuses on how the forms and functions of crustacean larvae vary and how differences might impact their development. Specifically during my dissertation, I have been trying to measure how the morphology and swimming behavior of blue crab larvae can differ for larvae from different mothers. I am also trying to determine how variability in larvae changes as they become more developed and how these differences might impact how larvae disperse in the wild. As a member of Daphne Munroe’s lab at the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory, I am also involved with a variety of projects involved shellfish ecology, conservation, and management.

Selected Publications

Caracappa, J. C., & D. M. Munroe. (2018). Morphological Variability among Broods of First Stage Blue Crab (Callinectes sapidus) Zoeae. Biological Bulletin, 235 (3), 123-133. DOI: 10.1086/699922

Munroe, D. M., D. Haidvogel, J. C. Caracappa, J. M. Klinck, E. N. Powell, E. E. Hoffmann, B. V. Shank, & D. R. Hart. (2018). Modeling larval dispersal and connectivity for Atlantic sea scallop (Placopecten magellanicus) in the Middle Atlantic Bight. Fisheries Research, 208, 7-15. DOI: 10.1016/j.fishres.2018.06.020

Dodd, L. F., J. C. Caracappa, S. R. Fegley, J. H. Grabowski, & M. F. Piehler. (2015). Threat of predation does not affect Crassostrea virginica filtration. Estuaries and Coasts, 41 (1), 293-298. DOI: 10.1007/s12237-017-0269-3

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