Cameron Thompson

Research Associate

University of Maine
School of Marine Science
The Runge Lab
Gulf of Maine Research Institute
350 Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04101, USA
Tel. +1 207 772 2321


B.Sc. (2007) in Biological Sciences, State University of New York at Geneseo
M.Sc. (2012) in Marine Biology, University of Maine
M.Sc. (2012) in Marine Policy, University of Maine

Biographical Statement

Having been born on the isolated island of Bermuda I am fortunate to have been both connected to the sea from an early age and familiar with the limited resources we must cope with. My depth of curiosity into the marine realm and our impact on it led me to seek formal scientific training in both Biology and Policy. Since then I have meandered into the domain of zooplankton ecology in which I principally focus my research efforts on the copepod Calanus finmarchicus. Through work on that sentinel species I was presented with the opportunity to travel to Austevoll Norway and collaborate with the fish larvae lab. Although I continue to be based out of the University of Maine, the Norwegian connection has proven to be very rewarding, generating several successful investigations.

Research Interests

Zooplankton and Ichthyoplankton Ecology,
Phenology, Physiology, Life history, Population Dynamics,
Climate Change impacts,

Areas of Expertise and Interest

My work focuses on the planktonic scale of the marine realm with the premise that investigating the biology and ecology of these animals will result in tangible benefits for fisheries, aquaculture, and society. Zooplankton are foundational to any aquatic ecosystem and I use various oceanographic methodologies to monitor their populations. Analysis of these data sets reveals patterns in their phenology and biogeography which are considered in the context of climate change. Further investigations into the physiology of zooplankton can be utilized to examine their response to various environmental scenarios. Ultimately this information is useful in highlighting the important role zooplankton fulfill in the ecosystem. However, it also elucidates the many remarkable life history strategies employed by these species in their evolutionary race to overcome the challenges posed by the vast oceans.


Johnson, T. R., Henry, A. M., & Thompson, C. (2014). Qualitative indicators of social resilience in small-scale fishing communities: an emphasis on perceptions and practice. Human Ecology Review, 20(2), 97.
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Runge, J. A., Ji, R., Thompson, C. R., Record, N. R., Chen, C., Vandemark, D. C., Salisbury, J. & Maps, F. (2014). Persistence of Calanus finmarchicus in the western Gulf of Maine during recent extreme warming. Journal of Plankton Research, fbu098.
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Fields, D. M., Runge, J. A., Thompson, C., Shema, S. D., Bjelland, R. M., Durif, C. M. F., Skiftesvik, AB & Browman, H. I. (2015). Infection of the planktonic copepod Calanus finmarchicus by the parasitic dinoflagellate, Blastodinium spp: effects on grazing, respiration, fecundity and fecal pellet production. Journal of Plankton Research, 37(1), 211-220.
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Thompson, C., Johnson, T., & Hanes, S. (2016). Vulnerability of fishing communities undergoing gentrification. Journal of Rural Studies, 45, 165-174.
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Runge JA, Fields DM, Thompson CRS, Shema SD, Bjelland RM, Durif CMF, Skiftesvik AB, Browman HI (2016). End of the century CO2 concentrations do not have a negative effect on vital rates of Calanus finmarchicus, an ecologically critical planktonic species in North Atlantic ecosystems. ICES Journal of Marine Science: Journal du Conseil, fsv258.
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Bailey A, Thor P, Browman H, Fields, DM, Runge, J, Vermont A, Bjelland R, Thompson C, Shema S, Durif C, Hop H. (2016). Early life stages of the Arctic copepod Calanus glacialis are unaffected by increased seawater pCO2. ICES Journal of Marine Science: Journal du Conseil, fsw066.

Bailey, A., P. de Wit, P. Thor, H.I. Browman, R.M. Bjelland, S. Shema, D.M. Fields, J.A. Runge, C. Thompson & H. Hop. (2017). Regulation of gene expression underpins tolerance of the Arctic copepod Calanus glacialis to increased pCO2. Ecology and Evolution (in press).
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Rubao Ji, Zhixuan Feng, Benjamin T. Jones, Cameron Thompson, Changsheng Chen, Nicholas R. Record, Jeffrey A. Runge. (2017). Coastal amplification of supply and transport (CAST): a new hypothesis about the persistence of Calanus finmarchicus in the Gulf of Maine. ICES Journal of Marine Science: Journal du Conseil, fsw253
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Last updated : 17 May 2017