Dr. James D. Salierno



Courses Taught at FDU

Marine Ecology
Environmental Biology


Research Interests

Research investigating the effects of contaminant exposure on aquatic organisms is vital to assessing the human impact on the aquatic environment. My current research interests include investigating the effects of anthropogenic contaminants on aquatic ecosystems. In my lab we are specifically focusing on the effects of treated waste water effluent and urban runoff on aquatic algal and macroinvertebrate communities. We conduct field sampling to determine macroinvertebrate and crayfish diversity in nearby streams and laboratory experiments investigating the effects of contaminants on crayfish foraging behavior and population dynamics in phyto- and zooplankton. Exposure-induced behavioral and population changes in these organisms may lead to alterations in community diversity and food web dynamics. Therefore, the quantification of exposure-related alterations in aquatic organisms is not only an important indicator of environmental health and stability, but it may lend insight into potential exposure effects to humans who utilize aquatic habitats.





Ph.D., University of Maryland College Park, Environmental Toxicology
M.S., University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Marine Ecology
B.S., University of Rhode Island, Zoology and Mathematics


Selected Publications

Middleton, JH and Salierno, JD. 2013. Antibiotic resistance in triclosan tolerant fecal coliforms isolated from surface waters near wastewater treatment plant outflows (Morris County, NJ, USA). Ecotoxicology & Environmental Safety, 88: 79-88.

Salierno, JD, Pollack, SJ, Van Veld, PA, Ottinger, MA, Yonkos LT, and Kane, AS. 2012.  Steroid hormones and anthropogenic contaminants in poultry litter leachate. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution, 223: 2181-2187.

Salierno, JD and Kane, AS. 2009. 17a-ethinylestradiol alters reproductive behaviors, circulating hormones, and sexual morphology in male fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas). Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 28: 953-961.

Salierno, JD, Gipson, GT, and Kane, AS. 2008. Quantitative movement analysis of social behavior in mummichog, Fundulus heteroclitus. Journal of Ethology, 26: 35-42.

Salierno, JD, Snyder, NS, Murphy, AZ, Poli, M, Hall, S, Baden, D, and Kane, AS. 2006. Harmful algal bloom toxins alter c-Fos protein expression in the brain of killifish, Fundulus heteroclitus. Aquatic Toxicology, 78: 350-357.

Kane, AS, Salierno, JD, Gipson, GT, Molteno, TCA, and Hunter, C. 2004. A video based movement analysis system to quantify behavioral stress responses of fish. Water Research, 38: 3993-4001.

Salierno, JD, Rebach, S, and Christman, MC. 2003. The effects of interspecific competition and prey odor on foraging behavior in the rock crab, Cancer irroratus (Say). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 287: 249-260.


Phone: (973) 443-8776
Email: salierno @ fdu.edu
Office: West Cottage 12