Jackson Estuarine Laboratory

Jackson Estuarine Laboratory

 
Jackson Estuarine Laboratory (JEL) is located five miles from the Durham campus on the shores of Great Bay Estuary, one of the largest estuaries in northern New England. JEL features well-equipped facilities where scientists conduct field-based and experimental research on physical and biological components of coastal ecosystems. Research at JEL has advanced our understanding of coastal ecosystems, especially with regard to human influences and management, in New Hampshire, the Gulf of Maine region and the world. In a typical year, 25 projects are carried out by the scientists at JEL, with total external funding often exceeding $2 million. In 2015, The New Hampshire chapter of the Nature Conservancy named JEL its Restoration Parner of the Year!

JEL has eight resident faculty members from the departments of Biological Sciences, Natural Resources, and Earth Systems Science, along with several support staff, research associates, students, post-doctoral fellows and visiting scientists. In addition, non-resident faculty and students from other UNH departments conduct research at JEL. A fleet of small research vessels is based at JEL, including five outboard powered boats ranging from a 12-foot skiff to a 22-foot center console. Facilities include a pier with a 2,000-pound crane and a floating dock with slip spaces for four boats. JEL has a full analytical laboratory to study water quality, and labs dedicated to sedimentology, animal physiology and behavior, shellfish/seafloor ecology, microbiology, phycology (study of benthic algae), tidal marsh ecology, and seagrass ecology. In addition, flowing estuarine water is provided to a wet lab, greenhouse, and outdoor facilities to support the study of estuarine plants and animals.

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Submissions from 2017

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Evidence of mating by sexually immature female American lobsters Homarus americanus (H. Milne Edwards, 1837) (Decapoda: Nephropidae), Winsor H. Watson III, Jason S. Goldstein, Elizabeth M. Morrissey, and Hannah A. Cole

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A comparison of the distribution and abundance of European green crabs and American lobsters in the Great Bay Estuary, New Hampshire, USA, Winsor H. Watson III, Jason S. Goldstein, Elizabeth M. Morrissey, and Erika D. Moretti

Submissions from 2016

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Influence of Environmental Factors on Spawning of the American Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) in the Great Bay Estuary, New Hampshire, USA, Winsor H. Watson III, Helen Cheng, and Christopher C. Chabot

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Identification of putative circadian clock genes in the American horseshoe crab, Limulus polyphemus, Winsor H. Watson III, Kevin N. Chesmore, and Christopher C. Chabot

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Rhythms of locomotion and seasonal changes in activity expressed by horseshoe crabs in their natural habitat, Winsor H. Watson III, Suzanne K. Johnson, Colin D. Whitworth, and Christopher C. Chabot

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The influence of stomach distention on feeding in the nudibranch mollusk Melibe leonina, Winsor H. Watson III and Colin A. Lee

Submissions from 2015

Management Considerations for Tidal Wetlands, David M. Burdick

Research and Citizen Science at the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory, UNH, David M. Burdick

What can our salt marshes tell us about climate change and sea level rise?, David M. Burdick

Sand Dunes as Natural Systems, David M. Burdick and Alyson L. Eberhardt

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Rethinking the Freshwater Eel: Salt Marsh Trophic Support of the American Eel, Anguilla rostrata, Alyson L. Eberhardt, David M. Burdick, Michele Dionne, and Robert E. Vincent

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Evaluation of field-measured vertical obscuration and full waveform lidar to assess salt marsh vegetation biophysical parameters, Jeffrey N. Rogers, Chrisopher E. Parrish, Larry G. Ward, and David M. Burdick

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Fish Productivity and Trophic Transfer in Created and Naturally Occurring Salt Marsh Habitat, Robert E. Vincent, Michele Dionne, David M. Burdick, and Erik A. Hobbie

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The Life History Cycle of Limulus polyphemus in the Great Bay Estuary, New Hampshire U.S.A., Winsor H. Watson III, Helen Cheng, and Christopher C. Chabot

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A comparison of American lobster size structure and abundance using standard and ventless traps, Winsor H. Watson III, Abigail S. Clark, Steven H. Jury, and Jason S. Goldstein

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Influence of Natural Inshore and Offshore Thermal Regimes on Egg Development and Time of Hatch in American lobsters, Homarus americanus, Winsor H. Watson III and Jason S. Goldstein

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Seasonal movements of American lobsters in southern Gulf of Maine coastal waters: patterns, environmental triggers, and implications for larval release, Winsor H. Watson III and Jason S. Goldstein

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Variation in the Size and Composition of Ejaculates Produced by Male American Lobsters, Homarus Americanus H. Milne Edwards, 1837 (Decapoda: Nephropidae), Winsor H. Watson III, Tracy L. Pugh, Michel Comeau, and Kadra Benhalima

Submissions from 2014

Need and Urgency of Planning for Marsh Migration, David M. Burdick

Salt Marshes are Responding to Sea Level Rise, David M. Burdick

Salt Marshes are Responding to Sea Level Rise, Can We?, David M. Burdick

Salt Marshes are Responding to Sea Level Rise, Can We?, David M. Burdick

Salt Marshes are Responding to Sea Level Rise, Can We?, David M. Burdick

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Salt marsh responses to tidal restriction and restoration. A summary of experiences, David M. Burdick and Charles T. Roman

Tidal restoration: a valuable but fading tool for salt marsh restoration in New England, David M. Burdick and Charles T. Roman

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Recovering salt marsh ecosystem services through tidal restoration, Gail L. Chmura, David M. Burdick, and Gregg E. Moore

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Phragmites australis management in the United States: 40 years of methods and outcomes, Eric L. G. Hazelton, Thomas J. Mozdzer, David M. Burdick, Karin M. Kettenring, and Dennis F. Whigham

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Distribution, pore-water chemistry, and stand characteristics of the mangroves of the United Arab Emirates, Gregg E. Moore, Raymond E. Grizzle, Krystin M. Ward, and Rashid M. Alshihi

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A synthesis of research and practice on restoring tides to salt marshes, Charles T. Roman and David M. Burdick

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Tidal Marsh Restoration, Charles T. Roman and David M. Burdick

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Ditching and Ditch-Plugging in New England Salt Marshes: Effects on Plant Communities and Self-Maintenance, Robert E. Vincent, David M. Burdick, and Michele Dionne

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Daily and tidal Rhythms in Intertidal Marine Invertebrates, Winsor H. Watson III and Christopher C. Chabot

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Circadian Rhythms of Crawling and Swimming in the Nudibranch Mollusc Melibe leonina, Winsor H. Watson III, James M. Newcomb, Lauren E. Kirouac, and Amanda A. Naimie

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A Noninvasive Method For In situ Determination of Mating Success in Female American Lobsters (Homarus americanus), Winsor H. Watson III, Tracy L. Pugh, Jason S. Goldstein, and Elizabeth A. Dubofsky

Submissions from 2013

Salt Marsh and Marsh Sparrow Workshop, David M. Burdick

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Valuing New Hampshire Salt Marshes: An Approach to Measuring Ecosystem Services, David M. Burdick

Recent Accretion and Subsidence Rates within High Marshes of Northern New England, David M. Burdick, S. Adamowicz, and Michele Dionne

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Effects of man-made berms upon plant communities in New England salt marshes, Jordan W. Mora and David M. Burdick

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The impact of man-made earthen barriers on the physical structure of New England tidal marshes (USA), Jordan W. Mora and David M. Burdick

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Ditching and Ditch-Plugging in New England Salt Marshes: Effects on Hydrology, Elevation, and Soil Characteristics, Robert E. Vincent, David M. Burdick, and Michele Dionne

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Sublethal Behavioral and Physiological Effects of the Biomedical Bleeding Process on the American Horseshoe Crab, Limulus polyphemus, Winsor H. Watson III, Rebecca L. Anderson, and Christopher C. Chabot

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Patterns of Activity Expressed by Juvenile Horseshoe Crabs, Winsor H. Watson III, Elizabeth A. Dubofsky, S. D. Simpson, and Christopher C. Chabot

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Seasonal and sexual differences in the thermal preferences and movements of American lobsters, Winsor H. Watson III and Steven H. Jury

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At-sea determination of female American lobster (Homarus americanus) mating activity: Patterns vs. expectations, Winsor H. Watson III, Tracy L. Pugh, Jason S. Goldstein, and Kari L. Lavalli

Submissions from 2012

Fifth Graders Participate in Salt Marsh Restoration at Mill Pond Way in North Mill Pond, David M. Burdick and A. Manning-Welch

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Belowground Biomass of Phragmites australis in Coastal Marshes, Gregg E. Moore, David M. Burdick, Christopher R. Peter, and Donald R. Keirstead

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Comparative Growth and Survival of Juvenile Atlantic Cod (Gadus morhua)Cultured in Copper and Nylon Net Pens, Winsor H. Watson III, Michael Chambers, Jon Bunker, and William Hunting Howell

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The Influence of Stocking Density on the Swimming Behavior of Adult Atlantic Cod, Gadus morhua, in a Near Shore Net Pen, Winsor H. Watson III, Martin Fore, and William Hunting Howell

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The relationship between American lobster catch, entry rate into traps and density, Winsor H. Watson III and Steven H. Jury

Submissions from 2011

Salt Marsh Restoration Adapts to Climate Change, David M. Burdick

Session on Integrating Science and Social Issues for Effective Decision Making, David M. Burdick

Estimating benefits from tidal marsh restoration using monitoring indicators and ecosystem services, David M. Burdick, Gregg E. Moore, and G. Chmura

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The Effects of Road Culverts on Nekton in New England Salt Marshes: Implications for Tidal Restoration, Alyson L. Eberhardt, David M. Burdick, and Michele Dionne

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Mapping Soil Pore Water Salinity of Tidal Marsh Habitats Using Electromagnetic Induction in Great Bay Estuary, USA, Gregg E. Moore, David M. Burdick, Christopher R. Peter, and Donald R. Keirstead

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Two Methods for Determining the Fertility Status of Early-Stage American Lobster, Homarus americanus, Eggs, Winsor H. Watson III, Kirby J. Johnson, and Jason S. Goldstein

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Evidence that potential fish predators elicit the production of carapace vibrations by the American lobster, Winsor H. Watson III, Francoise Morison, Elizabeth Morrissey, and Kyle Jenks

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The behavior of cod (Gadus morhua) in an offshore aquaculture net pen, Winsor H. Watson III, Chris Rillahan, Michael D. Chambers, and William Hunting Howell

Submissions from 2010

Benefits and Human Threats to Coastal Habitats of Great Bay, David M. Burdick

Natural History and Human Uses of Tidal Marshes, David M. Burdick

Salt Marsh Restoration Adapts to Climate Change, David M. Burdick

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Can Plant Competition and Diversity Reduce the Growth and Survival of Exotic Phragmites australis Invading a Tidal Marsh?, Christopher Robert Peter and David M. Burdick

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Male horseshoe crabs Limulus polyphemus use multiple sensory cues to locate mates, Katharine M. Saunders, H. Jane Brockman, Winsor H. Watson III, and Steven H. Jury

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Seasonal movements of American horseshoe crabs Limulus polyphemus in the Great Bay Estuary, New Hampshire (USA), Susanne Y. Schaller, Christopher C. Chabot, and Winsor H. Watson III

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Circatidal rhythms of locomotion in the American horseshoe crab Limulus polyphemus: Underlying mechanisms and cues that influence them, Winsor H. Watson III and Christopher C. Chabot

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High resolution tracking of adult horseshoe crabs Limulus polyphemus in a New Hampshire estuary using fixed array ultrasonic telemetry, Winsor H. Watson III and Christopher C. Chabot

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The effects of water pressure, temperature, and current cycles on circatidal rhythms expressed by the American horseshoe crab, Limulus polyphemus, Winsor H. Watson III, Christopher C. Chabot, Jeffrey F. Yelle, and Conor B. O'Donnell

Submissions from 2009

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Status of the Eastern Grasswort, Lilaeopsis chinensis (Apiaceae), in the Great Bay Estuary, New Hampshire, U.S.A, Gregg E. Moore, Chrisopher R. Peter, David M. Burdick, and Donald R. Keirstead

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The Functions and Values of Fringing Salt Marshes in Northern New England, USA, Pamela A. Morgan, David M. Burdick, and Frederick T. Short

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Use of ultrasonic telemetry to determine the area of bait influence and trapping area of American lobster, Homarus americanus, traps, Winsor H. Watson III, Walter J. Golet, and Steven H. Jury

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A self-contained system for observing and quantifying the behavior of Atlantic cod, Gadus morhua, in an offshore aquaculture cage, Winsor H. Watson III, Chris Rillahan, Michael D. Chambers, and William Hunting Howell

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The Relationship Between Small- and Large-Scale Movements of Horseshoe Crabs in the Great Bay Estuary and Limulus Behavior in the Laboratory, Winsor H. Watson III, Susanne Y. Schaller, and Christopher C. Chabot

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Home range dynamics of the American lobster, Homarus americanus, Winsor H. Watson III, Darren A. Scopel, and Walter J. Golet

Submissions from 2008

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Restoring Ecological Functions and Increasing Community Awareness of an Urban Tidal Pond Using Blue Mussels, Sean McDermott, David M. Burdick, Raymond Grizzle, and Jennifer Greene

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Rhythms of Locomotion Expressed by Limulus polyphemus, the American Horseshoe Crab: II. Relationship to Circadian Rhythms of Visual Sensitivity, Winsor H. Watson III, Lisa Bedford, and Christopher C. Chabot

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Rhythms of Locomotion Expressed by Limulus polyphemus, the American Horseshoe Crab: I. Synchronization by Artificial Tides, Winsor H. Watson III, Christopher C. Chabot, and Stephen J. Skinner

Submissions from 2007

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Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, Winsor H. Watson III, Christopher C. Chabot, Scott H. Betournay, and Nicole R. Braley

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Thermal histories of brooding lobsters, Homarus americanus, in the Gulf of Maine, Winsor H. Watson III, Diane F. Cowan, Andrew R. Solow, and Andrew M. Mountcastle

Submissions from 2006

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Human Facilitation of Phragmites australis Invasions in Tidal Marshes: A Review and Synthesis, David Bart, David M. Burdick, Randolph Chambers, and Jean Marie Hartman

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A Regional Assessment of Salt Marsh Restoration and Monitoring in the Gulf of Maine, Raymond A. Konisky, David M. Burdick, Michele Dionne, and Hilary A. Neckles

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Daily patterns of locomotion expressed by American lobsters (Homarus americanus) in their natural habitat, Winsor H. Watson III, Walter J. Golet, Darren A. Scopel, and Andrew B. Cooper

Submissions from 2005

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Impacts of Seawalls on Saltmarsh Plant Communities in the Great Bay Estuary, New Hampshire USA, Catherine M. Bozek and David M. Burdick

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New England Note: A new native plant for New Hampshire, Hibiscus moscheutos (Malvaceae), Joann Hoy and David M. Burdick

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Mechanisms underlying the production of carapace vibrations and associated waterborne sounds in the American lobster, Homarus americanus, Winsor H. Watson III and Heidi Pye Henninger

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Daily and circadian rhythms of locomotor activity in the American lobster, Homarus americanus, Winsor H. Watson III, Steven H. Jury, and Christopher C. Chabot

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Differences in the size at maturity of female American lobsters, Homarus americanus, captured throughout the range of the offshore fishery, Winsor H. Watson III and Susan A. Little

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Central pattern generator for swimming in Melibe, Winsor H. Watson III and Stuart Thompson

Submissions from 2004

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Effects of stressors on invasive and halophytic plants of New England salt marshes: A framework for predicting response to tidal restoration, Raymond A. Konisky and David M. Burdick

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Development of a nutrient pollution indicator using the seagrass, Zostera marina, along nutrient gradients in three New England estuaries, Kun-Seop Lee, Frederick T. Short, and David M. Burdick

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Circatidal and Circadian Rhythms of Locomotion in Limulus polyphemus, Winsor H. Watson III, Christopher C. Chabot, and Jeffrey Kent

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The influence of light on locomotion in the gastropod melibe leonina, Winsor H. Watson III, James M. Newcomb, and Kaddee A. Lawrence

Submissions from 2003

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Determinants of expansion forPhragmites australis, common reed, in natural and impacted coastal marshes, David M. Burdick and Raymond A. Konisky

Submissions from 2002

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Modeling Habitat Change in Salt Marshes After Tidal Restoration, R. M. J. Boumans, David M. Burdick, and Michele Dionne

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A Monitoring Protocol to Assess Tidal Restoration of Salt Marshes on Local and Regional Scales, Hilary A. Neckles, Michele Dionne, David M. Burdick, and Charles T. Roman

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The regulation of ecosystem functions by ecotypic variation in the dominant plant: a Spartina alterniflora salt-marsh case study, Denise M. Seliskar, John L. Gallagher, David M. Burdick, and Laurie A. Mutz

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Site-selection model for optimal transplantation of eelgrass Zostera marina in the northeastern US, Frederick T. Short, Ryan C. Davis, B. S. Kopp, Catherine A. Short, and David M. Burdick

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Lobster trap video: in situ video surveillance of the behaviour of Homarus americanus in and around traps, Winsor H. Watson III, Steven H. Jury, William Hunting Howell, and Daniel F. O'Grady

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Swimming Behavior of the Nudibranch Melibe leonina, Winsor H. Watson III and Kaddee A. Lawrence

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Modulation of swimming in the gastropod Melibe leonina by nitric oxide, Winsor H. Watson III and James M. Newcomb

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Neural Correlates of Swimming Behavior in Melibe leonina, Winsor H. Watson III, James M. Newcomb, and Stuart Thompson

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Use of a treadmill to study the relationship between walking, ventilation and heart rate in the lobster Homarus americanus, Winsor H. Watson III, Daniel F. O'Grady, and Steven H. Jury