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Christine Angelini, Assistant Professor

Christine Angelini

Research Emphasis:

Working in salt marshes, maritime forests, coastal hammocks, and oak savannas across the southeastern US, my dissertation research explored how interactions among foundation species drive small- and large-scale patterns in biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, and resilience. Since the completion of my PhD in April 2014, I have started new wave of research focused on the effects of top predator expansion on nearshore ecosystems on the West Coast of the US, the role of habitat-modifying organisms in shaping marine and terrestrial food webs, interactions among drought and invasive grasses in driving the collapse of Florida grassland biodiversity, as well as a number of other community and conservation ecology related topics.

GCE Committees:

GCE Predator Exclusion Experiment Committee, GCE Disturbance Committee, High Marsh Experiment Committee

Contact Information:

Primary Organization:  University of Florida

Mailing Address:

Dr. Christine Angelini
Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida 32611

E-Mail:  christine.angelini@essie.ufl.edu

Web Page:  http://www.angeliniecologylab.com/the-lab.html

Other Identity Systems:

ORCID:  orcid.org/0000-0002-6669-5269

GCE Data Sets:

MSH-GCED-2308 (Pred-Ex: Long Term Salt Marsh Predator Exclusion Experiment Conducted at Sapelo Island, GA)

INV-GCEM-2304 (Yearly survey of barnacle settlement near creekbank plots at GCE LTER study sites in October 2022)

INV-GCEM-2304a (Survey of adult and juvenile periwinkle snail (Littoraria irrorata) density in mid-marsh and creekbank plots at GCE LTER study sites in October 2022.)

INV-GCEM-2204a (Survey of adult and juvenile periwinkle snail (Littoraria irrorata) density in mid-marsh and creekbank plots at GCE LTER study sites in October 2021.)

INV-GCEM-2204 (Yearly survey of barnacle settlement near creekbank plots at GCE LTER study sites in October 2021)

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GCE Publications and Presentations: (custom bibliography)

Journal Articles

Hughes, B.B., Beheshti, K., Tinker, M., Angelini, C., Endris, C., Murai, L., Anderson, S., Espinosa, S., Staedler, M., Tomoleioni, J. and Silliman, B.R. (in press). Top predator recovery abates geomorphic decline in a coastal ecosystem. Nature.

Crotty, S.M., Pinton, D., Canestrelli, A., Fischman, H., Ortals, C., Dahl, N.R., Williams, S.L., Bouma, T.J. and Angelini, C. 2023. Faunal engineering stimulates landscape-scale accretion in southeastern US salt marshes. Nature Communications. 14(881). (DOI: 10.1038/s41467-023-36444-w)

Petillon, J., McKinley, E., Alexander, M., Adams, J.B., Angelini, C., Balke, T., Griffin, J., Bouma, T.J., Hacker, S.D., He, Q., Hensel, M.S., Ibanez, C., Macreadie, P.I., Martino, S., Sharps, E., Ballinger, R., de Battisi, D., Beaumont, N., Burdon, D., Daleo, P., D'Alpaos, A., Duggan-Edwards, M., Garbutt, A., Jenkins, S., Ladd, C.J., Lewis, H., Mariotti, G., McDermott, O., Mills, R., Moller, I., Nolte, S., Pages, J.F., Silliman, B.R., Zhang, L. and Skov, M.W. 2023. Top ten priorities for global

Li, F., Angelini, C., Byers, J., Craft, C.B. and Pennings, S.C. 2022. Responses of a tidal freshwater marsh plant community to chronic and pulsed saline intrusion. Journal of Ecology. 110:1508-1524. (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.13885)

Temmink, R.J., Lamers, L., Angelini, C., Bouma, T.J., Fritz, C., van de Koppel, J., Lexmond, R., Rietkerk, M., Silliman, B.R., Joosten, H. and van der Heide, T. 2022. Recovering wetland biogeomorphic feedbacks to restore the world's biotic carbon hotspots. Science. 376(6593). (DOI: 10.1126/science.abn1479)

Michaels, T., Eppinga, M., Angelini, C., Holl, K. and Bever, J. 2021. Can Nucleation Bridge to Desirable Alternative Stable States? Theory and Applications. The Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America. (DOI: 10.1002/bes2.1953)

Prince, K., Cetta, A., Crotty, S.M., Denslow, N., Delfino, J. and Angelini, C. 2021. Mussels drive polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) biomagnification in a coastal food web. Nature - Scientific Reports. 11:9180. (DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-88684-9)

Wu, F., Pennings, S.C., Ortals, C., Ruiz, J., Farrell, W.R., McNichol, S.M., Angelini, C., Spivak, A.C., Alber, M. and Tong, C. 2021. Disturbance is complicated: headward-eroding saltmarsh creeks produce multiple responses and recovery trajectories. Limnology & Oceanography. 67:S86-S100. (DOI: 10.1002/lno.11867)

Crotty, S.M. and Angelini, C. 2020. Geomorphology and species interactions hierarchically structure the self-organization and landscape effects of a salt marsh facilitation cascade. Current Biology. (DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2020.02.031)

Crotty, S.M., Ortals, C., Pettengill, T.M., Shi, L., Olabarrieta, M., Joyce, M.A., Altieri, A.H., Morrison, E., Bianchi, T.S., Craft, C.B., Bertness, M.D. and Angelini, C. 2020. Sea-level rise and the emergence of a keystone grazer alter the geomorphic evolution and ecology of southeast US salt marshes. PNAS. 117:17891-17902. (DOI: https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1917869117)

Sharp, S. and Angelini, C. 2020. Predators enhance resilience of a saltmarsh foundation species to drought. Journal of Ecology. (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.13525)

Temmink, R.J., Christianen, M., Fivash, G.S., Angelini, C., Bostrom, C., Didderen, K., Engel, S.M., Esteban, N., Gaeckle, J.L., Gagnon, K., Govers, L.L., Infantes, E., van Katwijk, M.M., Kipson, S., Lamers, L., Lengkeek, W., Silliman, B.R., van Tussenbroek, B.I., Unsworth, R.K.F., Yaakub, S.M., Bouma, T.J. and van der Heide, T. 2020. Mimicry of emergent traits amplifies coastal restoration success. Nature Communications. (DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-17438-4)

Chalifour, B., Hoogveld, J., Derksen-Hooijberg, M., Harris, K., Uruena, J., Sawyer, W., van der Heide, T. and Angelini, C. 2019. Drought alters the spatial distribution, grazing patterns, and radula morphology of a fungal-farming salt marsh snail. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 620:1-13. (DOI: 10.3354/meps12976)

Derksen-Hooijberg, M., Angelini, C., Hoogveld, J., Lamers, L., Borst, A., Smolders, A.J.P., Harpenslager, S.F., Govers, L.L. and van der Heide, T. 2019. Repetitive desiccation events weaken a salt marsh mutualism. Journal of Ecology. 107(5):2415-2426. (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.13178)

Fischman, H., Crotty, S.M. and Angelini, C. 2019. Optimizing coastal restoration with the stress gradient hypothesis. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 286(1917):10. (DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2019.1978)

Sharp, S. and Angelini, C. 2019. The role of landscape composition and disturbance type in mediating salt marsh resilience to feral hog invasion. Biological Invasions. 21(9):2857-2869. (DOI: 10.1007/s10530-019-02018-5)

Silliman, B.R., He, Q., Angelini, C., Smith, C.S., Kirwan, M.L., Daleo, P., Renzi, J.J., Butler, J., Osborne, T.Z., Nifong, J.C. and van de Koppel, J. 2019. Field Experiments and Meta-analysis Reveal Wetland Vegetation as a Crucial Element in the Coastal Protection Paradigm. Current Biology. 29(11):1800-1806. (DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2019.05.017)

Angelini, C., van Montfrans, S., Hensel, M.S., He, Q. and Silliman, B.R. 2018. The importance of an underestimated grazer under climate change: how crab density, consumer competition, and physical stress affect salt marsh resilience. Oecologia. 187(1):205-217. (DOI: 10.1007/s00442-018-4112-8)

Borst, A., van der Heide, T., Verbeek, W., Schotanus, J., Christianen, M., Derksen-Hooijberg, M. and Angelini, C. 2018. Foundation species enhance food web complexity through non-trophic facilitation. PloS ONE. 13(8). (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0199152)

Crotty, S.M., Sharp, S., Bersoza, A.C., Prince, K., Cronk, K., Johnson, E. and Angelini, C. 2018. Foundation species patch configurations mediates biodiversity, stability and multifunctionality. Ecology Letters. 21:1681-1692. (DOI: 10.1111/ele.13146)

Thomsen, M.S., Alteiri, A., Angelini, C., Bishop, M., Gribben, G., Lear, G., Schiel, D., Silliman, B.R., South, P., Watson, D., Wernberg, T. and Zotz, G. 2018. Secondary foundation species enhance biodiversity. Nature Ecology and Evolution. 2:634-639. (DOI: 10.1038/s41559-018-0487-5)

Derksen-Hooijberg, M., Angelini, C., Lamers, L., Borst, A., Smolders, A.J.P., Hoogveld, J., de Paoli, H., Silliman, B.R. and van der Heide, T. 2017. Mutualistic interactions amplify saltmarsh restoration success. Journal of Applied Ecology. 2017:1-10. (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12960)

Angelini, C., Griffin, J., van de Koppel, J., Derksen-Hooijberg, M., Lamers, L., Smolders, A.J.P., van der Heide, T. and Silliman, B.R. 2016. A keystone mutualism underpins resilience of a coastal ecosystem to drought. Nature Communications. 7:12473. (DOI: 10.1038/ncomms12473)

Craft, C.B., Herbert, E., Li, F., Smith, D., Schubauer-Berigan, J.P., Widney, S., Angelini, C., Pennings, S.C., Medeiros, P.M., Byers, J. and Alber, M. 2016. Climate change and the fate of coastal wetlands. Wetland Science and Practice. 33(3):70-73.

Sharp, S. and Angelini, C. 2016. Whether disturbances alter salt marsh soil structure dramaticallyaffects Spartina alterniflora recolonization rate. Ecosphere. 7(11):16. (DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.1540)

van der Zee, E.M., Angelini, C., Govers, L.L., Christianen, M.J., Alteiri, A., van der Reijden, K.J., Silliman, B.R., van de Koppel, J., van der Geest, M., van Gils, J.A., van der Veer, H.W., Piersma, T., de Ruiter, P.C., Olff, H. and van der Heide, T. 2016. How habitat-modifying organisms structure the food web of two coastal ecosystems. Proc. R. Soc. B. 283(1826):9. (DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.2326)

Angelini, C. and Briggs, K. 2015. Spillover of Secondary Foundation Species Transforms Community Structure and Accelerates Decomposition in Oak Savannas. Ecosystems. 18:780-791. (DOI: 10.1007/s10021-015-9862-0)

Angelini, C., van der Heide, J., Griffin, J., Derksen-Hooijberg, M., Lamers, L., Smolders, A.J.P. and Silliman, B.R. 2015. Foundation species' overlap enhances biodiversity and ecosystem multifunctionality from the patch to landscape scale. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. (DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.0421)

Atkins, R., Griffin, J.N., Angelini, C., O'Connor, M. and Silliman, B.R. 2015. Consumer- plant interaction strength: importance of body size, density and metabolic biomass. OIKOS. (DOI: 10.1111/oik.01966)

Davidson, A., Griffin, J., Atkins, R., Angelini, C., Coleman, F. and Silliman, B.R. 2015. Non-consumptive predator effects intensify grazer-plant interactions by driving vertical habitat shifts. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 537:49-58. (DOI: 10.3354/meps11419)

Angelini, C. and Silliman, B.R. 2014. Secondary foundation species as drivers of trophic and functional diversity: evidence from a tree-epiphyte system. Ecology. 95(1):185-196.

Silliman, B.R., Mozdzer, C., Angelini, C., Brundage, J., Bakker, J., Esselink, P., van de Koppel, J. and Baldwin, A. 2014. Livestock as a Biological Control Agent for an Invasive Wetland Plant. PeerJ. 2:567. (DOI: 10.7717/peerj.567)

Silliman, B.R., McCoy, M., Angelini, C., Holt, R.D., Griffin, J.N. and van de Koppel, J. 2013. Consumer Fronts, Global Change, and Runaway Collapse in Ecosystems. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics. 44:503 - 538. (DOI: 10.1146/annurev-ecolsys-110512-135753)

Angelini, C. and Silliman, B.R. 2012. Patch size-dependent community recovery after massive disturbance. Ecology. 93(1):101110. (DOI: 10.1890/11-0557.1)

Silliman, B.R. and Angelini, C. 2012. Trophic cascades across diverse plant ecosystems. Nature Education Knowledge. 3(9):3.

Angelini, C., Alteiri, A., Silliman, B.R. and Bertness, M.D. 2011. Interactions among Foundation Species and Their Consequences for Community Organization, Biodiversity, and Conservation. BioScience. 61(10):782-789. (DOI: 10.1525/bio.2011.61.10.8)

Holdredge, C., Bertness, M.D., Wettberg, E.V. and Silliman, B.R. 2010. Nutrient enrichment enhances hidden differences in phenotype to drive a cryptic plant invasion. Oikos. 119:1776-1784. (DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2010.18647.x)

Books and Book Sections

Bertness, M.D., Silliman, B.R. and Holdredge, C. 2009. Shoreline development and the future of New England salt marsh landscapes. Pages 137-148 in: Silliman, B.R., Grosholtz, T. and Bertness, M.D. (editors). Human Impacts on Salt Marshes: A Global Perspective. University of California Press.

Theses and Dissertations

Angelini, C. 2014. Foundation species as drivers of ecosystem structure, multifunctionality, and resilience. Ph.D. Dissertation. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. 164 pages.

Conference Posters and Presentations

Smith, D., Herbert, E., Li, F., Widney, S., Desha, J., Schubauer-Berigan, J.P., Pennings, S.C., Angelini, C., Medeiros, P.M., Byers, J., Alber, M. and Craft, C.B. 2016. Poster: Seawater Addition Long Term Experiment (SALTEx). Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division 2016 Climate Conference, November 2-3, 2016, Jekyll Island, GA.

Smith, D., Herbert, E., Li, F., Widney, S., Desha, J., Schubauer-Berigan, J.P., Pennings, S.C., Angelini, C., Medeiros, P.M., Byers, J., Alber, M. and Craft, C.B. 2016. Poster: Seawater Addition Long Term Experiment (SALTEx). SEERS 2016 Spring Meeting, March 10-12, 2016, Bluffton, South Carolina.


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grants OCE-9982133, OCE-0620959, OCE-1237140 and OCE-1832178. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.