April MH Blakeslee
Assistant Professor, Biology
Long Island University, CW Post Campus
Research Associate
Marine Invasions Ecology Lab
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Site last updated: 2/24/14


I am interested in ecological and evolutionary questions in aquatic systems, particularly related to global species patterns, population genetics, parasitology, historical ecology, and the unique and integrative insight that can be gained from studying biological invasions. I am also interested in biogeographic and phylogeographic patterns of hosts and parasites, host-parasite interactions, and the influence of parasites in native and non-native communities.



**In January 2014, Jaclyn Onufrey of Wantagh High School was named an Intel semifinalist for the National Intel Science Talent Search for high school students (https://student.societyforscience.org/intel-sts-2014-semifinalists) based on the paper she wrote for the work she did in my lab summer 2013, in which I served as her faculty mentor. Jaclyn is the first student in her high school to ever be named a semifinalist for the Intel competition. 

The following are some other links related to Jaclyn as an Intel semifinalist: Newsday article; Wantagh High School.


**In May 2012, a story on ongoing work with the baitworm vector was published at SERC's Shorelines publication. Read more here: http://sercblog.si.edu/?p=2096#more-2096


**A publication based on my research was featured on the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center website in February 2012: http://www.serc.si.edu/labs/marine_invasions/feature_story/February_2012.aspx
Feature Story February 2012

"Can the invasion process free snails of their castrating parasites?"

**A publication I co-authored was featured on "Science Daily.com" in September 2011.

"Location Matters: For Invasive Aquatic Species, It's Better to Start Upstream"

ScienceDaily (Sep. 26, 2011) — Researchers have found that a species invasion that starts at the upstream edge of its range may have a major advantage over downstream competitors, at least in environments with a strong prevailing direction of water or wind currents.

**My research was also featured on the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center's

Feature Story April 2011

"Cryptogenic Species: Using History and Genetics to Solve Invasion Mysteries"