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Brian T. Hentschel

Associate Professor of Biology

Ph.D., Biological Oceanography,
University of Washington (1995)

Email: bhentschel@mail.sdsu.edu

Research Interests:
Marine invertebrates, benthic ecology, larval ecology, complex life cycles, ontogenetic niche shifts, organism-flow interactions.

Lower Division, Upper Division, and Graduate Courses:

Biol 201B:Principles of Organismal Biology (LD)
Biol 515: Marine Invertebrate Biology (UD/G)
Biol 596: Marine Larval Ecology Part 1 (Fall semesters, UD/G)
Biol 596: Marine Larval Ecology Part 2 (Spring semesters, UD/G)
Biol 324: Life in the Sea (UD, Non-Majors)
Biol 600: Graduate Seminar in Aquatic Ecology, “Complex Life Cycles of Aquatic Animals” (Spring 2003)
Biol 600: Graduate Seminar in Aquatic Ecology, “Marine Community Ecology” (Spring 2004)

Graduate Students:

Shelby Howard (M.S. completed 2004), Susan Kevin (M.S. completed 2006), Amy Larson (Ph.D. expected May 2007), Henry Carson (Ph.D.),
Linsey Sala (M.S.)

Select Publications:

1SDSU Ph.D. student        2SDSU M.S. student        3SDSU undergraduate

1Carson, H.S., and B.T. Hentschel. 2006. Estimating the dispersal potential of polychaete species in the Southern California Bight: Implications for designing marine reserves. Marine Ecology Progress Series 316: 105-113.

Hentschel, B.T., and N.S. Harper3. 2006.  Effects of simulated sublethal predation on the growth and regeneration rates of a spionid polychaete in laboratory flumes. Marine Biology 149: 1175-1183.

Hentschel, B.T., and A.A. Larson1. 2006.  Hydrodynamic mediation of density-dependent growth and adult-juvenile interactions of a spionid polychaete. Limnology & Oceanography 51: 1031-1037.

2Howard, S.C., and B.T. Hentschel. 2005.  Effects of short-term food variability on the plasticity of age and size at metamorphosis of porcelain crab larvae. Limnology & Oceanography 50: 1960-1971.

Hentschel, B.T., and B.S. Herrick3.  2005.  Growth rates of interface-feeding spionid polychaetes in simulated tidal currents. Journal of Marine Research 63: 983-999.

Hentschel, B.T., and A.A. Larson1.  2005.  Growth rates of interface-feeding polychaetes: Combined effects of flow speed and suspended food concentration. Marine Ecology Progress Series 293: 119-129

Hentschel, B.T.  2004.  Sediment resuspension and boundary-layer flow dramatically enhance the growth rates of interface-feeding spionid polychaetes. Journal of Marine Systems 49: 209-224. (Invited paper for a special issue on “Biophysical factors affecting the growth and survival of aquatic organisms”).

Hentschel, B.T., and R.B. Emlet.  2000.  Metamorphosis of barnacle nauplii: Effects of food variability and a comparison with amphibian models. Ecology 81:3495-3508.

Hentschel, B.T.  1999.  Complex life cycles in a variable environment: Predicting when the timing of metamorphosis shifts from resource dependent to developmentally fixed. American Naturalist 154: 549-558.

Hentschel, B.T.  1998.  Intraspecific variations in delta-13C indicate ontogenetic diet changes in deposit-feeding polychaetes. Ecology 79:1357-1370.

Hentschel, B.T.  1998.  Spectrofluorometric quantification of neutral and polar lipids suggests a food-related recruitment bottleneck for juveniles of a deposit-feeding polychaete population. Limnology & Oceanography 43: 543-549.

Hentschel, B.T., and P.A. Jumars.  1994.  In situ chemical inhibition of benthic diatom growth affects recruitment of competing, permanent and temporary meiofauna. Limnology & Oceanography 39: 816-838.