Contact InformationInstitute of Marine Science
P.O. Box 757220
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7220
Phone: (907) 474-5966
Fax: (907) 474-7204
Ann Knowlton Postdoctoral Fellow
- Ecological Society of America
- Sigma Xi
- B.S. 1992 Utah State University (Biology)
- Ph.D. 2002 University of Alaska Fairbanks (Marine Biology)
Current Research Projects
- Port Valdez Environmental Studies
- Chukchi Sea Environmental Studies
- Natural Geography in Shore Areas (NaGISA)
The Natural Geography In Shore Areas (NaGISA) project was a collaborative effort aimed at inventorying and monitoring habitat specific biodiversity in the global near shore. The international character of the project and its target zone were reflected in the word nagisa, which is Japanese for the narrow coastal zone where the land meets the sea. NaGISA held a unique position in the Census of Marine Life as an ambassador project, linking the Census to local interests around the world. NaGISA's first aim was to draw up a global baseline of nearshore biodiversity and then to use its network to continue monitoring those same shores for the next 50 years.
- Alaska Summer Research Academy
Science outreach education at its best! Hands-on, full immersion experiences for budding scientists!
Pohle, G, K Iken, KR Clarke, T Trott, B Konar, JJ Cruz-Motta, M Wong, L Benedetti-Cecchi, A Mead, P Miloslavich, N Mieszkowska, R Milne, L Tamburello, A Knowlton, E Kimani, Y Shirayama. 2011. Aspects of benthic decapod diversity and distribution from rocky nearshore habitat at geographically widely dispersed sites. PLoS ONE 6(4): e18606. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0018606
Benedetti-Cecchi, L, Iken, K, B Konar, JJ Cruz-Motta, A Knowlton, G Pohle, A Castelli, L Tamburello, A Mead, T Trott, P Miloslavich, M Wong, Y Shirayama, C Lardicci, G Palomo, and E Maggi. 2010. Spatial relationships between polychaete assemblages and environmental variables over broad geographical scales. PLoS ONE 5(9): e12946. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012946
Cruz-Motta, JJ, P Miloslavich, G Palomo, K Iken, B Konar, G Pohle, T Trott, L Benedetti-Cecchi, C Herrera, A Hernández, A Sardi, A Bueno, J Castillo, E Klein, E Guerra-Castro, J Gobin, D Gómez, R Riosmena-Rodriguez, A Mead, G Bigatti, A Knowlton, and Y Shirayama. 2010. Patterns of spatial variation of assemblages associated with intertidal rocky shores: a global perspective. PLoS ONE 5(12): e14354. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0014354
Iken, K, B Konar, L Benedetti-Cecchi, JJ Cruz-Motta, A Knowlton, G Pohle, A Mead, P Miloslavich, M Wong, T Trott, N Mieszkowska, R Riosmena-Rodriguez, L Airoldi, E Kimani, Y Shirayama, S Fraschetti, M Ortiz Touzet and A Silva. 2010. Large-scale spatial distribution patterns of echinoderms in nearshore rocky habitats. PLoS ONE 5(11): e13845. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013845
Konar, B, K Iken, JJ Cruz-Motta, L Benedetti-Cecchi, A Knowlton, G Pohle, P Miloslavich, M Edwards, T Trott, E Kimani, R Riosmena-Rodriguez, M Wong, S Jenkins, A Mead, A Silva, I Sousa Pinto, and Y Shirayama. 2010. Global patterns of macroalgal diversity and biomass in rocky nearshore environments. PLoS ONE 5(10): e13195. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013195
Konar, B, K Iken, G Pohle, P Miloslavich, JJ Cruz-Motta, L Benedetti-Cecchi, E Kimani, A Knowlton, T Trott, T Iseto, and Y Shirayama. 2010. Surveying nearshore biodiversity. In: AD McIntyre, editor. Life in the World’s Oceans: Diversity, Distribution, and Abundance. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, Ltd., pp. 27-41.
Knowlton, AL, and RC Highsmith. 2005. Nudibranch-sponge feeding dynamics: benefits of symbiont-containing sponge to Archidoris montereyensis (Cooper, 1862) and recovery of nudibranch feeding scars by Halichondria panicea (Pallas, 1766). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 327:36-46.
Erpenbeck, D, AL Knowlton, SL Talbot, RC Highsmith, and RWM van Soest. 2004. A molecular comparison of Alaskan and North East Atlantic Halichondria panicea (Pallas 1766) (Porifera: Demospongiae) populations. Bollettino Dei Musei Istituti Biologici Universita di Genova 68 (2003): 319-325.
Knowlton, AL, BJ Pierson, SL Talbot, and RC Highsmith. 2003. Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci in the intertidal sponge Halichondria panicea. Molecular Ecology Notes 3:560-562.
Knowlton, AL, and RC Highsmith. 2000. Convergence in the time-space continuum: a predator-prey interaction. Marine Ecology Progress Series 197:285-291.
Van Dover, CL, J Trask, J Gross, and A Knowlton. 1999. Reproductive biology of free-living and commensal polynoid polychaetes at the Lucky Strike hydrothermal vent field (Mid-Atlantic Ridge). Marine Ecology Progress Series 181:201-214.