Breea Govenar

Fogarty Life Science (FLS) 252
(401) 456-8010
(401) 456-9631

Academic Background

Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

Courses Taught

BIOL 109 Fundamental Concepts of Biology
BIOL 321 Invertebrate Zoology
BIOL 460 Biology Senior Seminar
FYS 100 Symbiosis

Research Interests

Community ecology and ecosystem function in marine and deep-sea habitats, including hydrothermal vents; causes and consequences of species diversity; trophic ecology and food web dynamics; evolution and diversity of invertebrates

Selected Publications

8 of 17 peer-reviewed publications, *undergraduate co-author

• Gollner, S., B. Govenar, C.R. Fisher, and M. Bright. (2015) Size matters: differences in diversity and endemism along a natural stress gradient for meiofauna and macrofauna communities. Marine Ecology Progress Series 520: 57-66.
• Gollner, S., B. Govenar, P. Martinez Arbizu, S. Mills, N. Le Bris, M. Weinbauer, T.M. Shank, and M. Bright. (2015) Differences in recovery between deep-sea hydrothermal vent and vent-proximate communities after a volcanic eruption. Deep-Sea Research I 106 (167-182).
• Govenar, B., C.R. Fisher, and T.M. Shank. (2015) Variation in the diets of hydrothermal vent grazers. Deep-Sea Research II 121 (193-201)
• O’Brien, C.E., D. Giovannelli, B. Govenar, G.W. Luther, R.A. Lutz, T.M. Shank, C. Vetriani. (2015) Microbial biofilms associated with fluid chemistry and megafaunal colonization at post-eruptive deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Deep-Sea Research II 121 (31-40).
• Govenar, B. (2012) Energy transfer through food webs at hydrothermal vents: linking the lithosphere to the biosphere. Oceanography 25(1):246–255,
• Govenar, B. and C.R. Fisher. (2007) Experimental evidence of habitat provision by aggregations of Riftia pachyptila at hydrothermal vents on the East Pacific Rise. Marine Ecology 28: 3-14.
• Le Bris, N., B. Govenar, C. Le Gall, and C.R. Fisher. (2006) Variability of physico-chemical conditions in 9°50’N EPR diffuse flow vent habitats. Marine Chemistry 98: 167-182.
• Govenar, B., N. Le Bris, S. Gollner, J. Glanville*, A.B. Aperghis*, S. Hourdez and C.R. Fisher. (2005) Epifaunal community structure associated with Riftia pachyptila in chemically different hydrothermal vent habitats. Marine Ecology Progress Series 305: 67-77.

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