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Julie Rose

Dr. Julie M. Rose


  • Ph.D. Marine Environmental Biology - University of Southern California, 2006
  • B.A. Biology and English - La Salle University, 2000

Professional History

  • 2011-present: Research Ecologist, NOAA NEFSC Milford Laboratory
  • 2009-2011: Science Coordinator and NOAA Liaison to the Long Island Sound Study
  • 2006-2009: NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in Polar Regions Research, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and University of Delaware

Julie is interested in applied research, data synthesis and environmental policy. After completing a Ph.D. and postdoctoral fellowship, she gained experience in marine policy, project management, and program coordination while serving as Science Coordinator for the Long Island Sound Study. In this role, she led the development of a climate change monitoring strategy for Long Island Sound, was scientific lead on the redevelopment of the environmental indicators program, and organized efforts by the program to explore the use of shellfish and seaweed aquaculture for coastal nutrient remediation.

Her current projects focus on research to inform marine policy and resource management, and involve aquaculture-environment interactions, plankton ecology and the statistical analysis of ecological data.

  1. Ecosystem Services Provided by Shellfish: Shellfish provide a host of ecosystem services, including nutrient removal, water clarity improvements, and habitat for a variety of fish and crustaceans. Julie has been collaborating with researchers, modelers, economists, aquaculture industry members, and environmental managers on a number of research projects that seek to quantify services provided by a variety of species of cultivated shellfish. These projects include: documenting environmental benefits provided by ribbed mussels grown on a commercial mussel raft in the South Bronx, NY; quantifying nitrogen removal by ribbed mussels and seed oysters in the lower Providence River, RI; modeling nitrogen removal provided by Connecticut’s oyster industry and putting a dollar value on the cost to replace this service; measuring and modeling nitrogen removal and water clarity improvements provided by hard clams and eastern oysters to the Town of Greenwich, CT, then valuing the water quality benefits provided by these shellfish to the town; comparing nitrogen content of triploid and diploid oysters over the growing season in partnership with two shellfish growers in Chesapeake Bay; and exploring the use of underwater video technology to document fish interactions with oyster aquaculture cages.

  2. Shellfish Aquaculture and Water Quality Management: The use of shellfish and/or seaweed cultivation and harvest to aid in the removal of nitrogen and other nutrients from the coastal environment has been termed “nutrient bioextraction”. In addition to research described above documenting water quality improvements provided by shellfish aquaculture, Julie is interested in developing policies that give shellfish growers “credit” for the nutrient removal services they can provide the coastal environment. She is a member of the Chesapeake Bay Oyster Best Management Practice Expert Panel that is making recommendations on the inclusion of oysters in Chesapeake Bay’s water quality regulatory process. The panel’s first set of recommendations was approved by EPA in December 2016, and the panel process will continue through 2017. For more information, see

  3. Impacts of Aquaculture Harvest on Benthic Communities: The Milford Laboratory recently completed a series of field investigations into impacts of clam harvest practices on the benthos of the nearshore environment. Julie contributed a detailed statistical analysis of results from several field seasons, including community composition and sediment chemistry data. Studies have looked at community impacts from harvest conducted early- or mid- growing season, impacts of harvest on benthic chemistry, impacts of harvest dredging on bivalve settlement, and comparisons of clam beds with different histories of harvest dredging. A series of publications in peer-reviewed journals related to this work is ongoing.

  4. Scientific Guidance to Environmental Management: Julie has continued work from her previous position with the Long Island Sound Study as part of the Science and Technical Advisory Committee. She is also a member of the Connecticut Shellfish Initiative research work group.
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