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Victoria R. Starczak (Vicke)


phone:  (508) 289 – 2381    fax: (508) 457-2134 vstarczak@whoi.edu    


POSITION:  Research Specialist


California State Scholar, U.C.L.A. 1972-1973

Predoctoral Summer Fellowship, University of Connecticut, 1981, 1982

Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Connecticut, 1983

National Institute of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship, Harvard School of Public Health, 1986


1975   B.A., University of California Los Angeles (Zoology)

1979   M.S., University of the Pacific (Marine Ecology)

1984   Ph.D., University of Connecticut (Ecology)

1987    S.M., Harvard School of Public Health (Biostatistics)


Coastal and deep-sea benthic ecology, animal behavior, evolutionary biology, statistics.


Dispersal and settlement of benthic invertebrate larvae; pilot census of marine life in the Gulf of Maine. 


 Blake, J.A., B. Hecker, J.F. Grassle, B. Brown, M. Wade, P.D. Boehm, E. Baptiste, B.Hilbig, N. Maciolek, R. Petrecca, R.E. Ruff, V.R. Starczak, and L. Watling.  Study of biology processes on the U.S. South Atlantic Slope and Rise, Phase 2.  OCS Study, MMS- 86-0096, Final Report, Vol. 2, U.S. Department of the Interior Minerals Management Service Washington, D.C., 1987.

Weinberg, J.R. and V.R. Starczak.  Morphological differences and low dispersal between local populations of the tropical beach isopod, Excirolana braziliensis.  Bull. Mar. Sci. 42: 296: 309, 1988.

 Weinberg, J.R. and V.R. Starczak.  Morphological divergence of eastern Pacific and Caribbean isopods:  Effects of a land barrier and the Panama Canal.  Mar. Biol. 103: 143: 152, 1989.

 Nadeau, L., J.A. Paige, V.R. Starczak, T. Capo, J. Lafler, and J.P. Bidwell.  Metamorphic competence of Aplysia californica.  J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 131: 171: 193, 1990.

 Weinberg, J.R., V.R. Starczak, C. Mueller, G. Pesch, and S. Lindsay.  Divergence between populations of a monogamous polychaete with male parental care:  Premating isolation and chromosome variation.  Mar. Biol. 107: 205-213, 1991.

 Pawlik, J.R., C.A. Butman, and V.R. Starczak.  Hydrodynamic facilitation of gregarious settlement of a reef-building tube worm.  Science 251: 421-424, 1991.

 Weinberg, J.R., V.R. Starczak, and J. Jorg.  Evidence for rapid speciation following a founder event in the laboratory.  Evolution 46: 1214-1220, 1992.

 Bachelet, G., C.A. Butman, C.M. Webb, V.R. Starczak, and P.V.R. Snelgrove. Non-selective settlement of Mercenaria mercenaria (L.) larvae in short-term, still-water laboratory experiments.  J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 161: 241-280, 1992.

 Starczak, V.R., C.M. Fuller, and C.A. Butman.  Effects of barite on aspects of the ecology of the polychaete Mediomastus ambiseta.  Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 85: 269-282, 1992.

 Van Dover, C.L., J.F. Grassle, B. Fry, R.H. Garritt, and V.R. Starczak.  Stable isotopic evidence for entry of sewage-derived organic material into a deep-sea food web.  Nature 360: 153-156, 1992.

 Solow, A.R. and V.R. Starczak.  Statistical analysis with an ordered categorical regressor:  The effect of rainfall on attendance Water Resources Research 29: 1561-1564, 1993.

Lessios, H., J.R. Weinberg, and V.R. Starczak.  Temporal variation in populations of the marine isopod Excirolana: How stable are gene frequencies and morphology? Evolution 48: 549-563, 1994.

 Butman, C.A., M. Fréchette, W.R. Geyer, and V.R. Starczak.  Flume experiments on food   supply to the blue mussel Mytilus edulis L. as a function of the boundary layer flow.  Limnol. Oceanogr. 39: 1755-1768, 1994.

 Wheatcroft, R.A., V.R. Starczak, and C.A. Butman.  The impact of population abundance on the deposit-feeding rate of a cosmopolitan polychaete worm.  Limnol. Oceanogr. 43:1948-1953, 1998.

 Shimeta, J., V.R. Starczak, O.M. Ashiru, C.A. Zimmer.  Influence of benthic boundary-layer flow on feeding rates of ciliates and flagellates at the sediment-water interface. Limnol. Oceanogr. (in press)