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Doug Hunter

A headshot of Doug Hunter standing outside, looking towards the sun.
Professor Emeritus, Ph.D.
[email protected]

Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA (corporation member)
Vice President for Research, Noble Odyssey Foundation, White Lake, MI
Full time faculty member from 1972-2007.
Ph.D. Syracuse University, 1972.

Doug Hunter was a full-time faculty member of the Department of Biological Sciences for 35 years. During that time, he taught courses in ecology, marine biology, limnology, physiological ecology, introductory biology, various laboratory courses, and life on earth. He also published research articles on the physiological ecology of pulmonate snails, cost of transport in burrowing marine invertebrates, zebra mussel ecology, the significance of Holocene drowned forests in the Great Lakes, the zooplankton community of Lake St. Clair, and the freshwater mussel community of the Clinton River. His fondest memories are of his time spent in the classroom and in the field, the interactions he has had with his esteemed colleagues, and especially those hours spent with the many fine research students who worked in his lab over the years.

Select publications:

Hunter, R.D. (1975). Growth, fecundity and bioenergetics in three populations of Lymnaea palustris in upstate New York. Ecology, 56: 50-63. DOI: 10.2307/1935299.

Hunter, R.D. (1975). Variation in populations of Lymnaea palustris in upstate New York. American Midland Naturalist, 94: 401-420. DOI: 10.2307/2424435.

Hunter, R.D. (1976). Changes in carbon and nitrogen content during decomposition of three macrophytes in freshwater and marine environments. Hydrobiologia, 51: 119-128. DOI: 10.1007/BF00009827.

Hunter, R.D. and W.W. Lull. (1977). Physiologic and environmental factors influencing the calcium-to- tissue ratio in populations of three species of freshwater pulmonate snails. Oecologia, 29: 205-218. DOI: 10.1007/bf00345695.

Hunter R.D. and B.S. Popovich. (1977). Seasonal changes in organic carbon and C:N ratio in major storage organs of Cepaea nemoralis (Mollusca: Pulmonata). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Physiology 58(2): 197-203. 10.1016/0300-9629(77)90226-2.

Hunter, R.D. (1980). Effects of grazing on the quality and quantity of freshwater Aufwuchs. Hydrobiologia, 69: 251-259. DOI: 10.1007/BF00046800.

Hunter, R.D., V.A. Moss, and H.Y. Elder. (1983). Image analysis of the burrowing mechanisms of Polyphysia crassa (Annelida:Polychaeta) and Priapulus caudatus(Priapulida). Journal of Zoology (London), 199: 1-19. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.1983.tb02099.x.

Hunter, R.D. and W.D. Russell-Hunter. (1983). Bioenergetic and community changes in intertidal Aufwuchs grazed by Littorina littorea. Ecology, 64: 761-769. DOI: 10.2307/1937199.

Hunter, R.D. and L.M. Stone. (1986). The effect of artificial photoperiod on growth and reproduction in the land snail Cepaea nemoralis. International Journal of Invertebrate Reproduction and Development, 9: 339-344. DOI: 10.1080/01688170.1986.10510210.

Hunter, R.D. (1988). Effects of acid water on shells, embryos, and juvenile survival of Planorbella trivolvis (Gastropoda:Pulmonata): A laboratory study. Journal of Freshwater Ecology, 4: 315-327. DOI: 10.1080/02705060.1988.9665181.

Hunter, R.D. and H.Y. Elder. (1989). Burrowing dynamics and energy cost of transport in the soft-bodied invertebrates Polyphysia crassa and Priapulus caudatus. Journal of Zoology, 218: 209-222. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.1989.tb02533.x.

Hunter R.D. (1990). Effects of low pH and low calcium concentration on the pulmonate snail, Planorbella trivolvis: A laboratory study. Canadian Journal of Zoology 68: 1578-1583. DOI: 10.1139/z90-233.

Hunter, R.D. and J.F. Bailey. (1992). Dreissena polymorpha (zebra mussel): colonization of soft substrata and some effects on unionid bivalves. The Nautilus 106: 60-67. https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/34204#page/76/mode/1up.

Bitterman, A.M., R.D. Hunter, and R.C. Haas. (1994). Allometry of shell growth of caged and uncaged zebra mussels in Lake St. Clair. American Malacological Bulletin, 11: 41-49. https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/172621#page/361/mode/1up

Hunter, R.D., S.A. Toczylowski, and M.G. Janech. (1996). Zebra mussels in a small river: impact on unionids. Ch. 11 in F. D'Itri, Ed. Zebra mussels and aquatic nuisance species. Ann Arbor Press, Inc., Chelsea, MI. ISBN-10: 1575040360.

Toczylowski, S.A. and R.D. Hunter. (1996). Do zebra mussels preferentially settle on unionids and/or adult conspecifics? Ch. 8 in F. D'Itri, Ed. Zebra mussels and aquatic nuisance species. Ann Arbor Press, Inc., Chelsea, MI. ISBN-10: 1575040360.

Thayer, S.A., R.C. Haas, R.D. Hunter, and R.H. Kushler. (1997). Zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) effects on sediment, other zoobenthos, and the diet and growth of yellow perch (Perca flavescens) in pond enclosures. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci., 54: 1903-1915. DOI: 10.1139/f97-101.

Toczylowski, S.A., R.D. Hunter, and L.M. Armes. (1999). The role of substratum stability in determining zebra mussel load on unionids. Malacologia, 41: 151-162. archive.org: cbarchive_108514_theroleofsubstratumstabilityin1999.

Hunter, R.D. and K.A. Simons. (2004). Dreissenids in Lake St. Clair in 2001: Evidence for population regulation. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 30(4): 528-537 DOI: 10.1016/S0380-1330(04)70368-8.

Hunter, R.D., I.P. Panyushkina, S.W. Leavitt, A.C. Wiedenhoeft, and J. Zawiskie. (2006). A multiproxy environmental investigation of Holocene wood from a submerged conifer forest in Lake Huron, U.S.A. Quaternary Research, 66: 67-77. DOI: 10.1016/j.yqres.2006.03.008.

David, K.A., B.M. Davis, and R.D. Hunter. (2009). Lake St. Clair zooplankton: status in 2000 and evidence for post-Dreissena changes. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 24:199-209. DOI: 10.1080/02705060.2009.9664284.

Morowski, D., L.J. James, and R.D. Hunter. (2009). Freshwater mussels in the Clinton River, southeastern Michigan: an assessment of community status. Michigan Academician, 39: 131-148. https://www.thefreelibrary.com/Freshwater mussels in the Clinton River, southeastern Michigan: an...-a0218112261.

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