Jennifer Dijkstra

Jennifer Dijkstra

Research Associate Professor
Phone: (603) 862-1775
Office: Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping, Chase Ocean Engineering Lab, Durham, NH 03824

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.

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 999: Doctoral Dissertation Research
  • INCO 790: Advanced Research Experience
  • ZOOL 999: Doctoral Research


  • 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

Selected Publications

  • Hartwell, A. M., Wheat, A. E., & Dijkstra, J. A. (2024). Natural warming differentiates communities and increases diversity in deep-sea Ridge Flank Hydrothermal Systems.. Commun Biol, 7(1), 379. doi:10.1038/s42003-024-06070-3

  • Van Volkom, K. S., Harris, L. G., Lambert, W. J., & Dijkstra, J. A. (2023). The effect of surface orientation on early successional fouling communities in the southern gulf of Maine. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 569, 151952. doi:10.1016/j.jembe.2023.151952

  • Dijkstra, J. A., & Westerman, E. L. (2023). From kelp forests to cunner: The long-tendrilled impact of a 50-year career studying marine ecology in the Gulf of Maine. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 569, 151951. doi:10.1016/j.jembe.2023.151951

  • 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

  • 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