Jennifer Dijkstra

Research Associate Professor
Phone: (603) 862-1775
Office: Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping, Chase Ocean Engineering Lab, Durham, NH 03824
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My research uses a combination of remote sensing and in-situ observation and experiments to answer questions in marine ecosystems, particularly those in rocky subtidal temperate reefs and coral reefs. Research in my lab concerns the development of remote sensing methods for detection of changes in benthic (seafloor) habitats, the ecological causes of patterns and trends in these habitats and the effects of anthropogenic activities on invasive and habitat-forming species (algae (seaweed), corals) in their environment.


  • Ph.D., Zoology/Animal Biology, University of New Hampshire
  • M.S., University of Bremen
  • B.A., University of New Brunswick

Research Interests

  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Biodiversity
  • Climate Change - Impacts
  • Coastal Environment
  • Ecology
  • Invasive Species
  • Marine and Ocean Sciences
  • Marine Biology

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 999: Doctoral Dissertation Research
  • ZOOL 750/850: Biological Oceanography
  • ZOOL 999: Doctoral Research

Selected Publications

Wilson, N., Parrish, C. E., Battista, T., Wright, C. W., Costa, B., Slocum, R. K., . . . Tyler, M. T. (2022). Mapping Seafloor Relative Reflectance and Assessing Coral Reef Morphology with EAARL-B Topobathymetric Lidar Waveforms. ESTUARIES AND COASTS, 45(4), 923-937. doi:10.1007/s12237-019-00652-9

Stasse, A., Cheng, M. L. H., Meyer, K., Bumbera, N., van Volkom, K., Laferriere, A. M., . . . Brown, B. (2021). TEMPORAL DYNAMICS OF EASTERN OYSTER LARVAL ABUNDANCE IN GREAT BAY ESTUARY, NEW HAMPSHIRE. JOURNAL OF SHELLFISH RESEARCH, 40(3), 471-478. doi:10.2983/035.040.0303

Van Volkom, K. S., Harris, L. G., & Dijkstra, J. A. (2021). Not all prey are created equal: Invasive ascidian diet mediates sea star wasting in Henricia sanguinolenta. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL MARINE BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY, 544. doi:10.1016/j.jembe.2021.151610

Pierce, J., Butler, M. J., Rzhanov, Y., Lowell, K., & Dijkstra, J. A. (2021). Classifying 3-D Models of Coral Reefs Using Structure-From-Motion and Multi-View Semantic Segmentation. FRONTIERS IN MARINE SCIENCE, 8. doi:10.3389/fmars.2021.706674

Mello-Rafter, K., Sowers, D., Malik, M., Watling, L., Mayer, L. A., & Dijkstra, J. A. (2021). Environmental and Geomorphological Effects on the Distribution of Deep-Sea Canyon and Seamount Communities in the Northwest Atlantic. FRONTIERS IN MARINE SCIENCE, 8. doi:10.3389/fmars.2021.691668

Dijkstra, J. A., Harris, L. G., Mello, K., Litterer, A., Wells, C., & Ware, C. (2017). Invasive seaweeds transform habitat structure and increase biodiversity of associated species. JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY, 105(6), 1668-1678. doi:10.1111/1365-2745.12775

Dijkstra, J. A., Buckman, K. L., Ward, D., Evans, D. W., Dionne, M., & Chen, C. Y. (2013). Experimental and Natural Warming Elevates Mercury Concentrations in Estuarine Fish. PLOS ONE, 8(3). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0058401

Dijkstra, J. A., Westerman, E. L., & Harris, L. G. (2011). The effects of climate change on species composition, succession and phenology: a case study. GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY, 17(7), 2360-2369. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2486.2010.02371.x

Bullard, S. G., Lambert, G., Carman, M. R., Byrnes, J., Whitlatch, R. B., Ruiz, G., . . . Heinonen, K. (2007). The colonial ascidian Didemnum sp A: Current distribution, basic biology and potential threat to marine communities of the northeast and west coasts of North America. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL MARINE BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY, 342(1), 99-108. doi:10.1016/j.jembe.2006.10.020

Dijkstra, J., Harris, L. G., & Westerman, E. (2007). Distribution and long-term temporal patterns of four invasive colonial ascidians in the Gulf of Maine. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL MARINE BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY, 342(1), 61-68. doi:10.1016/j.jembe.2006.10.015

Most Cited Publications