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Renee Mercaldo-Allen
Renee Mercaldo-Allen

Renee Mercaldo-Allen


  • M.S. Biology - Southern Connecticut State University, 1990
  • B.A. Field Biology/Human Ecology - Connecticut College, 1984

Professional History

  • 1990-Present: Research Fishery Biologist
    1984-1990: Biological Laboratory Technician
    1980-1984: Junior Federal Fellow (Student Trainee)

Renee studies interactions between aquaculture practices and the marine environment. Currently, field projects are underway to assess use of oyster cages as habitat for juvenile fish utilizing video footage collected with Go Pro cameras. Other recent projects examined effects of local shellfish harvesting practices on benthic ecology and sediment chemistry of clam beds in the inshore coastal zone of Connecticut. Previous research interests have included use of nucleic acid indices as a proxy for growth in juvenile fish, changes in blood chemistry of American lobsters over the molt cycle, and effects of pollution on blood chemistry of various species of flounder. Renee serves as Chair of the Flatfish Biology Conference, a scientific meeting where researchers and students who study flatfish come together to share their findings.