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
Email: cthompson@gmri.org

Education

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

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.

Research Interests

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.

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.

Publications

Regulation of gene expression underpins tolerance of the Arctic copepod Calanus glacialis to increased pCO2.

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 2017: 1–16. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.3063
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The early life stages of the Arctic copepod Calanus glacialis are unaffected by increased seawater pCO2.

Bailey, A., P. Thor, H.I. Browman, D.M. Fields, J.A. Runge, A. Vermont, R. Bjelland, C. Thompson, S. Shema, C.M.F. Durif & H. Hop. 2017. The early life stages of the Arctic copepod Calanus glacialis are unaffected by increased seawater pCO2. ICES Journal of Marine Science 74: 996-1004.
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Coastal amplification of supply and transport (CAST): a new hypothesis about the persistence of Calanus finmarchicus in the Gulf of Maine.

Ji, R., Z. Feng, B.T. Jones, C. Thompson, C. Chen, N.R. Record & J.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: fsw253
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Early life stages of the Arctic copepod Calanus glacialis are unaffected by increased seawater pCO2.

Bailey A., P. Thor, H. Browman, D.M. Fields, J. Runge, A. Vermont, R. Bjelland, C. Thompson, S. Shema, C. Durif & H. Hop. 2016. Early life stages of the Arctic copepod Calanus glacialis are unaffected by increased seawater pCO2. ICES Journal of Marine Science 74: 996-1004.

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.

Runge J.A., D.M. Fields, C.R.S. Thompson, S.D. Shema, R.M. Bjelland, C.M.F Durif, A.B. Skiftesvik & H.I. Browman. 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 73(3): 937-950.
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Vulnerability of fishing communities undergoing gentrification.

Thompson, C., T. Johnson & S. Hanes. 2016. Vulnerability of fishing communities undergoing gentrification. Journal of Rural Studies 45: 165-174.
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Infection of the planktonic copepod Calanus finmarchicus by the parasitic dinoflagellate, Blastodinium spp.: effects on grazing, respiration, fecundity, and fecal pellet production.

Fields, D.M., J.A. Runge, C. Thompson, S.D. Shema, R.M. Bjelland, C.M.F. Durif, A.B. Skiftesvik & H.I. Browman. 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: 211-220.
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Qualitative indicators of social resilience in small-scale fishing communities: an emphasis on perceptions and practice.

Johnson, T.R., A.M. Henry & C. Thompson. 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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Persistence of Calanus finmarchicus in the western Gulf of Maine during recent extreme warming.

Runge, J.A., R. Ji, C.R. Thompson, N.R. Record, C. Chen, D.C. Vandemark, J. Salisbury & F: Maps. 2014. Persistence of Calanus finmarchicus in the western Gulf of Maine during recent extreme warming. Journal of Plankton Research 37(1): 221-232.
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Effects of ocean acidification on growth and development of the planktonic copepod, Calanus finmarchicus.

Runge, J.A., C. Thompson, R.M. Bjelland, H.I. Browman, C.M.F. Durif, D.M. Fields, S. Shema & A.B. Skiftesvik. 2013. Effects of ocean acidification on growth and development of the planktonic copepod, Calanus finmarchicus. Poster presented at the U.S. National Science Foundation’s 2nd U.S. Ocean Acidification Principal Investigator’s Meeting. Washington, D.C., USA, 18-20 September 2013.
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Vital rates of the salmon louse, Lepeophtheirus salmonis, are unaffected by high CO2 but are affected by temperature.

Thompson, C. J.A. Runge, D.M. Fields, S. Shema, R.M. Bjelland, C.M.F. Durif, A.B. Skiftesvik, M. Arts, A. Mount, V. Chan & H.I. Browman. Vital rates of the salmon louse, Lepeophtheirus salmonis, are unaffected by high CO2 but are affected by temperature.

Interaction between temperature and pH on growth and respiration of the planktonic copepod, Calanus finmarchicus

Runge, J.A., David Fields, Cameron Thompson, Caroline M.F. Durif, Steven Shema, Reidun Bjelland, Anne Berit Skiftesvik and Howard I. Browman. Interaction between temperature and pH on growth and respiration of the planktonic copepod, Calanus finmarchicus. ICES Journal of Marine Science.

The proteome of Calanus finmarchicus is unaffected by elevated pCO2.

Dineshram, R., V. Thiyagarajan, D.M. Fields, J.A. Runge, C. Thompson, S. Shema, R.M. Bjelland, C.M.F. Durif, A.B. Skiftesvik & H.I. BROWMAN. The proteome of Calanus finmarchicus is unaffected by elevated pCO2.

Last updated: August 31, 2017