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Chet Rakocinski

Professor Chet Rakocinski



Presently, I am a Professor in the Division of Coastal Sciences of the USM School of Ocean Science and Engineering. I am housed at the USM Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, where I have been a PI or Co-PI on various research projects dealing with aquatic and marine ecology of invertebrates and fishes.

  • PHD - University of Southern Mississippi (1986)
  • MS - Northern Illinois University (1977)
  • BS - Northern Illinois University (1974)

Benthic Ecology (Grad)
Coastal Processes II (UG/Grad)
Professional Skills (Grad)
Data Analysis in the Coastal Sciences (Grad)
Foundations in Coastal Ecology (Grad)
Historical Ecology (Grad)
Scientific Writing (UG)
Tropical Biology in the Galápagos (USM Study Abroad Program)
Marine Ecology (UG Summer Field Program)

  • Respiration by the opportunistic spionid polychaete Streblospio gynobranchiata during adjustment to and recovery from moderate hypoxia., Special Issue on Effects of Hypoxia, Diversity, 2020
  • Vertical Distribution of Macrobenthos in Hypoxia-Affected Sediments of the Northern Gulf of Mexico: Applying Functional Metrics, ESTUARIES AND COASTS, 2019, 10.1007/s12237-018-0446-z
  • Temperature-modulated expression of allometric respiration strategies supports a metabolic scaling rule. , Frontiers in Marine Science, 2017, 10.3389/fmars.2017.00261
  • Seasonal hypoxia regulates macrobenthic function and structure in the Mississippi Bight, MARINE POLLUTION BULLETIN, 2016, 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.02.006
  • Evaluating macrobenthic process indicators in relation to organic enrichment and hypoxia, Ecological Indicators, 2012, 10.1016/j.ecolind.2011.04.031
  • Grass shrimp (Palaemonetes spp.) play a pivotal trophic role in enhancing Ruppia maritima., Ecology, 2007, 10.1890/06-0375
  • Macrobenthic process indicators of estuarine condition, Estuarine indicators. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2005
  • Responses by benthic macroinvertebrate assemblages to extensive beach restoration at Perdido Key, Florida, U.S.A. , Journal of Coastal Research, 1996
  • Correspondence between environmental gradients and the community structure of marsh-edge fishes in a Louisiana estuary, Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser, 1992
  • Prey-size relationships and feeding tactics of primitive stream-dwelling darters, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 1991
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Fisheries Society
  • Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation
  • Ecological Society of America
  • World Aquaculture Society

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Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Oceanography 131




Areas of Expertise

marine ecology