Nadine Folino Rorem, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology
On Faculty since 1993

Phone: (630)752-7038
Email:

Education

Ph.D. University of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H. 1989 "The dynamics of a nudibranch-hydroid association: Cuthona nana and Hydractinia echinata"

M.S. University of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H. 1985 "The effects of predation by the nudibranch Cuthona nana on growth patterns and interactions among colonies of the hydroid Hydractinia echinata"

B.S. University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio Honors, Cum Laude, 1980

Professional:

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant 2006-2008: Alterations of Lake Michigan benthic communities by the invasive hydroid, Cordylophora caspia: effects on fish prey. Nadine C. Folino-Rorem, Wheaton College and Martin B. Berg, Department of Biology, Loyola University Chicago

General ecology, invasive history and systematics of Cordylophora spp.: in collaboration with John Darling, EPA, Cincinnati, Ohio

The dynamics of the association of the hydroid, Cordylophora spp. with the dreissenid mussels in freshwater lakes.

Personal:

Sports of all types, especially outdoor sports, scuba diving, cooking, pottery

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 241 College Biology I
  • BIOL 242 College Biology II
  • BIOL 303 Contemporary Issues in Biology
  • BIOL 314 Environmental Science
  • BIOL 252 Biological Systems
  • BIOL 353 Stream Ecology
  • BIOL 365 Marine Biology
  • BIOL 368 Invertebrate Zoology
  • BIOL 494 Senior Capstone

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
  • North American Benthological Society
  • Sigma Xi
  • The American Scientific Affiliation
  • Xerces Society

Research

Ecology, taxonomy and physiological adaptability of the colonial hydroid, Cordylophora spp.

Dr. Rorem and her research students are addressing the ecology and molecular taxonomy of the invasive colonial hydroid, Cordylophora. Current areas of interest are how the physiological adaptability may explain the global distribution of this invasive hydroid and the predatory role this hydroid plays in freshwater systems such as Lake Michigan and the Finger Lakes in New York.

Papers Published and/or Presented

Publications (* indicates undergraduate student)

Folino-Rorem, N.C. 2010.  CABI, 2010. Entry on Cordylophora spp. [original text and tables]. Invasive Species Compendium. Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 8DE UK: http://www.cabi.org/isc.

John A. Darling and Folino-Rorem, Nadine. 2009. Genetic analysis across different spatial scales reveals multiple dispersal mechanisms for the invasive hydrozoan Cordylophora in the Great Lakes.  Molecular Ecology 18:4827-4840. DOI:10.1111/j.1365-294X.2009.04405x.

Folino-Rorem, Nadine, John A. Darling and Cori A. D’Ausilio *. 2009. Genetic analysis reveals multiple cryptic invasive species of the hydrozoan genus Cordylophora.  Biological Invasions. 11:1869-1882.  DOI: 10.1007/s10530-008-9365-4.

Schable, Nancy A., Ashley M. Kuenzi, Carrie A. Drake, Nadine C. Folino-Rorem and John A. Darling. 2008. Microsatellite loci for the invasive colonial hydrozoan Cordylophora caspia.  Molecular Ecology Resources 8:968-970.  DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-8286.2008.02109.x.

Folino-Rorem, N.C. and J. Darling.  Submission of Cordylophora voucher specimens of DNA to GenBank. May 2007.


Presentations (* indicates undergraduate student)

Folino-Rorem, Nadine C., Nathan Lee* and Esther Papp*. 2011. Life History Features of the Invasive Hydroid, Cordylophora. North American Benthological Society. May 22-16, 2011.Providence, RI.

Folino-Rorem, N.C., M.J. Duggan*, A. Parry Macdonald*, E.K. Mindrebo*, and M.B. Berg. 2009. Distribution and diet of the invasive Ponto-Caspian hydroid, Cordylophora caspia, in southern Lake Michigan: potential effects on fish prey availability. The 57th Annual Meeting of the North American Benthological Society, 17-22 May, 2009, Grand Rapids, MI.

Darling, L.D. and N.C. Folino-Rorem. 2009. Population structure of the invasive hydrozoan Cordylophora in the Great Lakes. 16th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species. Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 19-23, 2009.

Folino-Rorem, N.C. August 2008.  Alterations of Lake Michigan benthic communities by the invasive colonial hydroid Cordylophora caspia: effects on fish prey. COSEE Great Lakes, Lake Michigan Exploration Workshop (for Teachers). Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, IL.

Darling JA , Folino-Rorem NC, D’Ausilio C *. 2008. Genetic analysis reveals multiple cryptic invasive species of the hydrozoan genus Cordylophora. Annual meeting of the Society of Systematic Biologists, American Society of Naturalists, and the Society for the Study of Evolution. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. June 20-24, 2008.

Folino-Rorem, N.C. October 2007. Ecological impacts of the invasive Ponto-Caspian hydroid Cordylophora in aquatic habitats. Seminar Speaker; University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.

Folino-Rorem, Nadine C. and Marty Berg.  2007. The Impact of the Invasive Ponto-Caspian Hydroid, Cordylophora caspia, on Benthic Macroinvertebrate Communities in Southern Lake Michigan: Effects on Fish Prey Availability. 15th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species.  Nijmegen, The Netherlands, September 23-27, 2007.

Folino-Rorem, N.C.  2007. The impact of the invasive Ponto-Caspian hydroid Cordylophora caspia on macroinvertebrate communities. Lecture at The Finger Lakes Institute, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva NY, May 8.

Darling, J. A. and Nadine C. Folino-Rorem. 2007. Genetic evidence for multiple cryptic introductions of the invasive colonial hydroid Cordylophora spp. 5th International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions, Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA. May 21-24.

 

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