Craig Aumack

No longer at LDEO: 
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Biology and Paleo Environment
Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
10 Marine Biology
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Hello, my name is Craig Aumack and I am currently a post-doctoral researcher at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University.  My long term research interests focus on the physiological, biochemical, and ecological adaptations of macro- and microalgae to polar environments as well as their influences on overall community structure.  Currently, I am focused on Arctic sea-ice algae populations and how those communities respond to various environmental changes.  I am also interested in learning what contributions Arctic sea ice algae have toward the greater near shore Arctic ecosystems and how those contributions may vary in a rapidly changing Arctic environment.  Additionally, I have maintained several projects studying the roles of defensive secondary metabolites produced by ecologically important macroalgae in communities along both the western Antarctic Peninsula and the Alaskan Arctic coast.  These interactions include predator-prey relationships, epi/endophytic biofouling, allelopathic chemistry relating to interspecific competition, chemical communication, photo-adaptation, and chemotaxis of various invertebrate and macroalgal larvae/spores.

List of degrees from highest to lowest:
PhD in Biological Sciences
University of Alabama at Birmingham
MS in Marine Science
The University of Texas Marine Science Institute
BS in Evolution, Ecology, and Marine Biology
University of California, Santa Barbara
BA in Film Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara
Honors & Awards: 
Invited symposia speaker Algae in Extreme Environments, 2015 Annual Northeast Algal Society meeting, Syracuse, NY (2014)
NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Polar Regions Research (2012)
Research Blogs: 
Referenced in the Following News Items: 
Selected Publications: 
Vertical migration within landfast Arctic sea ice, Aumack, C.F., A.R. Juhl, C. Krembs , Journal of Marine Systems , Volume 139, p.496-504, (2014)

Changes in amphipod densities among macroalgal habitats in day versus night collections along the Western Antarctic Peninsula, Aumack, C.F., C.D. Amsler, J.B. McClintock, & B.J. Baker , Marine Biology , Volume 158, p.1879-1885, (2011)

Impacts of mesograzers on epiphyte and endophyte growth associated with chemically defended macroalgae from the Western Antarctic Peninsula, Aumack, C.F., C.D. Amsler, J.B. McClintock, & B.J. Baker , Journal of Phycology, Volume 47, Issue 1, p.36-41, (2011)