Curriculum Vitae Paul Thomas Arena Nova Southeastern University




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Curriculum Vitae
Paul Thomas Arena Nova Southeastern University

Assistant Professor 3301 College Ave

Department of Math, Science and Technology Davie, Florida 33314

Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences (954) 262-8335

arenap@nova.edu
Employment
Assistant Professor (2005 – Present): Nova Southeastern University, Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Math, Science and Technology.
Adjunct Professor (2006 – Present): Nova Southeastern University, Oceanographic Center.
Education

Nova Southeastern University, Oceanographic Center.


Ph.D. in Oceanography/Marine Biology, January 2006.

Dissertation Research: Fish Assemblage Structure on Vessel-Reefs and Adjacent Natural Reefs.


Nova Southeastern University, Oceanographic Center.

M.S. in Marine Biology and Marine Environmental Science, 2002.



Rutgers University, Cook College.

B.S. in Environmental Science, 1997.



courses taught
BIOL 1110 Concepts and Connections in Biology

BIOL 1400 Introductory Cell Biology

BIOL 1500 Biology I/Lab

BIOL 1510 Biology II/Lab

BIOL 3311 Vertebrate Zoology/Lab

BIOL 4900 Special Topics in Biology

ENVS 1500 Natural History of South Florida

ENVS 2000 Biodiversity of Alaskan Ecosystems

ENVS 2001 Biodiversity of Alaskan Ecosystems Field Course

MBIO 2410 Marine Biology/Lab

MBIO 3700 Biology of Fishes/Lab

MBIO 4910 Special Topics in Marine Biology

OCMB 6120 Tropical Marine Fish Ecology – Graduate Course

UNIV 1011 Living Sustainably



Research experience



  • Underwater visual census of reef fishes on natural and artificial reefs in South Florida – diurnal and nocturnal surveys.

  • Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) census on deepwater vessel-reefs.

  • Ultrasonic telemetric tracking of yellow stingray (Urobatus jamaicensis).

  • Deep sea trawling collections off South Florida.

  • Rotenone handling, collection techniques and identification of cryptic fishes.

  • Project development and oversight, as well as collection, management, and analysis of data and governmental report writing.

  • Presentation and publication of research results at both national and international conferences (oral and poster).


Undergraduate Research Advisor


  • Anthropogenic Effects on Biodiversity by Abir Rahman

  • Anatomy Cat Dissection Software: Developing a Study Resource CD-Rom for NSU Undergraduate Anatomy and Physiology Students by Christopher Tann and Crystal Rego

  • Using Various Visual Census Techniques to Assess Fish Assemblages on Nearshore Habitats off Lantana Beach, Florida by Tandace Burkhart, Kaela Perez, Michael Palozzola and Jillian Maffucci

  • Effect of Ginko Biloba on Short Term Memory by Tommy Gaertner

  • Utilization of Passive Acoustic Tracking to Determine Artificial Habitat Use and Movement of Nurse Sharks, Ginglymostoma cirratum by Michael Palozzola

  • What You Can’t See Can Hurt You: Bacterial Invasion at NSU by Samarah Al-Jamali

  • Surface Bacteria Distribution on Campus and the Potential Health Impacts of Exposure by Rachel Sewnarine, Yusra Quadri, and Sonia Chacko

  • Hand Hygiene by Ryan Bhagwandin, Akash Patel and Zil Patel

  • Comparisons of nearshore artificial and natural reef fish assemblages in southeast Florida using three visual census methods with snorkel gear by Benedict Choi, Kelly Kostner and Tandace Burkhart

  • The Effectiveness of Various Pesticides on Aphid Infestations by Darshan Solanki and Saamia Shaikh

  • Physical Variables Affecting Fish Assemblages near Hillsboro Inlet, Florida by Jesse Secord, Rocio Margaret and Angelica Garcia.

  • Urban Landscape Renovation: Phase I – Environmental Assessment of Nonnative Area by Batoul Darwiche

  • Urban Landscape Renovation: Phase 2 – Native Design by Batoule Darwiche and Nancybel Urena

  • Urban Landscape Renovation: Phase 3 – Wildlife Habitat Value Comparison- Native vs Nonnative (Nancybel Urena)

  • Agonisitic Behavior of Juvenile Grunts (Haemulidae) and Snappers (Lutjanidea) by Kory Evans

  • Nearshore marine communities of Lantana Beach, Florida by Erin Nassif and Joshua Fredrick

  • Physical Variables Affecting Fish Assemblages near Hillsboro Inlet, Florida by Jesse Secord, Rocio Margaret and Angelica Garcia.


Graduate Research Advisor


  • Master’s capstone advisor for Oceanographic Center graduate student, Leslye Waugh, “Environmental impacts and biological monitoring related to beach nourishment projects in three Southeast Florida Counties; Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade” 2012-




  • Master’s capstone advisor for Oceanographic Center graduate student, Elizabeth Simpson, “Protected Sunken Vessels – Making MPA’s more Attractive” 2012-




  • Master’s thesis major chair for Oceanographic Center graduate student, Rachel Anderson. “Characterization of nocturnal fish assemblages on vessel-reefs and natural reefs in Broward County, Florida” 2009.




  • Master’s thesis committee member for Oceanographic Center graduate student, Jessica Freeman. “Comparison of fish assemblages between mitigation boulder reef and neighboring natural hardbottom in Broward County, Florida, USA” 2008.




  • Master’s thesis committee member for Oceanographic Center graduate student, Arlo Hemphill. “Seasonal dynamics of ichthyofauna closely associated with pelagic Sargassum in Broward County, Fl. USA” In progress.


PUBLICATIONS
Manuscripts

Arena, P.T. 2011. Protecting fish assemblages on sunken vessels to enhance diving

ecotourism and local natural resources. In: Michallef, A. (ed.), MCRR3-2010 Conference

Proceedings, Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue, No. 61, pp.375-377.
Arena, P.T., Jordan, L.K.B., and R.E. Speiler 2007. Fish assemblages on sunken-vessels and natural reefs in southeast Florida, USA. Hydrobiologia 580(1):157-171
Arena, P.T., Jordan, L.K.B., Sherman, R.L., Harttung, F.M. and R.E. Spieler 2002. Presence of

Juvenile Blackfin Snapper, Lutjanus buccanella, and Snowy Grouper, Epinephelus niveatus,

on Shallow-water Artificial Reefs. Proceedings of the 55th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries

Institute 55: 700-712.


Arena, P.T., Jordan, L.K.B., Harttung F.M., Fletcher, P., and Spieler, R.E. 2002. Fish Census of Selected Artificial Reefs in Broward County, Florida: Preliminary Results. Proceedings of the Florida Artificial Reef Summit 2002.
Jordan, L.K.B., Gilliam, D.S., Sherman, R.L., Arena, P.T., Harttung, F.M., Baron, R. and R.E. Spieler

2002. Spatial and Temporal Recruitment Patterns of Juvenile Grunts (Haemulon spp.) in

South Florida. Proceedings of the 55th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute 55: 322-336.
Abstracts
Anderson, RL, Arena, PT, Patterson, W. and RE Spieler 2009. “Characterization of Nocturnal

Fish Assemblages on Natural and Vessel Reefs of Southeast Florida, USA.” Proceedings of

the International Marine Conservation Congress in Washington, D.C.
Arena, P.T. 2009. Can the Deployment of Vessel Reefs Enhance the Effectiveness of Marine

Protected Areas? Proceedings of the International Marine Conservation Congress in

Washington D.C.
Arena, P.T., Jordan, K.L.B., Quinn, P.T., Hemphill, A.H., Bryan, D.R., Buskirk, B., and Spieler, R.E.

2003. Fish Colonization of a newly deployed vessel-reef off southeast Florida: preliminary

results. 56th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute.
Arena, P.T., Jordan, L.K.B., Gilliam, D.S., Sherman, R.S., Banks, K., and Spieler, R.E. 2000. Shipwrecks as Artificial Reefs: A comparison of fish assemblage structure on ships and their surrounding natural reef areas offshore Southeast Florida – preliminary results. 53rd Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute.
Baron, R.M., Arena, P.T., Harttung F.M., Fahy, D.P., Buskirk, J.B., Miller, C., Jordan, L.K.B., and Spieler, R.E. 2001. The nearshore hardbottom fishes of Broward Co., Florida, USA. Proceedings of the 54th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute.
Bryan, D.R., Arena, P.T., and Spieler, R.E. 2004. Preliminary comparisons between reef fish assemblages on vessel-reefs and natural substrate in depths of 70-95m. 57th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute.
Gilliam, D.S., Jordan, L.K.B., Ettinger, B.D., Arena, P.T., and Spieler, R.E. (2000). Reef fish assemblage structure variability off southeast Florida: ongoing research. 80th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, La Paz, Mexico.
Harttung F.M., Arena, P.T., Jordan, L.K.B., Ettinger B.D., and Spieler, R.E. 2001. Spatial Variability of Coral reef fish assemblages offshore Broward Co., Florida. Proceedings of the 54th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute.
Hemphill, A.H., Arena, P.T., and Spieler, R.E. 2003. Seasonal dynamics of ichthyofauna closely associated with pelagic Sargassum in Broward County, Fl. USA: preliminary results. In: Proceedings of the 56th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute. November 10-14th, 2003, Tortola, British Virgin Islands. P. 48.
Patterson, R.B., L.K.B. Jordan, R.L. Sherman, P.T. Arena and R.E. Spieler 2006. A Comparison of Reef Fish Assemblages on the East and West Sides of Central Eleuthra, Bahamas. Proceedings of the Fisheries Symposium of the British Isles. July 10-14th, Aberdeen, Scotland.
Walker, B.K., B. Henderson, B.D. Ettinger, P.T. Arena, L.K.B. Jordan, D.S. Gilliam, and R.E.Spieler 2000. Biological Assessment of Artificial Reef Materials: Concrete Aggregates and Quarry Stone. Proceedings of the 53rd Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute. November, Biloxi, MS
ADDITIONAL PUBLICATIONS


  • 2012 Author FMNP spotlight article - “NSU undergraduate Florida Master Naturalists Aim to Educate the Public and Protect Florida’s Natural Resources” http://www.masternaturalist.ifas.ufl.edu/news/spotlight/




  • Featured CBS new report - Lantana Nature Preserve exotic and invasive plant identification and removal. NSU undergraduate Nature club members voluntarily removed these species.

    “Out with the bad, In with the good at a local nature preserve”



    http://cbs12.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_324.shtml



  • Featured in episode of “Knowledge”, a German documentary television show. The episode entitled “Ships to Reefs” highlighted my research concerning fish assemblages associated with sunken vessels off the coast of Broward County, Florida.




  • 2009 News Article on my research : “Vessel reefs as a useful tool for no-take areas and fisheries management”, MPA News Vol. 11:1 p.4


CERTIFICATIONS/AWARDS


  • Florida Association of Environmental Professionals Volunteer Award December 2012 – Native Plant Butterfly Garden Restoration




  • Florida SEE trained to assess Florida ecotourism providers in order to certify they are providing accurate environmental educational information to the public and ensure they are using best practices for ecological sustainability.




  • NSU faculty mini-grant “Microorganism Distribution and Identification: The Potential Health Implications of Local Contamination” 2009.




  • NSU faculty mini-grant “Determining the Reception Distance of a Vemco VR2W Receiver off Fort Lauderdale, Florida” 2006.




  • Florida Master Naturalist Certification, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences 2007 – Wetlands, Uplands and Coastal Ecosystems.




  • Certified Instructor for Florida Master Naturalist Program 2008.




  • Exotic Plants First Detector Educator, National Plant Diagnostic Network, National Institute of Food and Agriculture 2008.







  • PADI: Open water diver, Nitrox Diver, Advanced Diver




  • American Academy of Underwater Scientists (AAUS): Scientific Diver, over 1500 dives


COMMUNITY SERVICE
Advisory Member of the Town of Lantana Nature Preserve Commission
Florida native butterfly garden – Designer for the Town of Lantana. NSU undergraduate Nature club members volunteered to plant these native species.
Annual Speaker at Lifelong Learning Institute (for Seniors), Nova Southeastern University – Landscaping with Florida Native Plants, Alaskan Biodiversity, Artificial Reefs, Fishes of Broward County, Fl., Invasive Species, Native plant use in residential landscapes (2005 – present)
Lantana Nature Preserve Commission Member (2011 – Present); Advise Town of Lantana on improvements and maintenance of the natural area.
Invited Speaker, “The Florida Master Naturalist Program at Nova Southeastern University” presented to Florida Association of Environmental Professionals (2011).
Volunteer, Oyster Reef Restoration, Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resource Management, Lantana, Fl. (2009 – 2010)
Mangrove Seed Planting, Nature Club, Broward County Department of Environmental Protection. (2009)
Developed Trail Brochure for Secret Woods Natural Area, Broward County, Fl.
Developed a Fern Identification Brochure for Fern Forest Nature Center, Broward County, Fl.
Educational Signage Development for Lantana Beach, Fl. (2008)

“The Fishes of Broward County” Speaker at Southwest Regional Library, Broward County, Florida, USA (2006)


Coral Reef Ecology Lecture to South Florida High School teachers at the Coral Reefs of Southeast Florida Workshop (2006)
UNIVERSITY SERVICE
Sustainability Major Development Committee (2011 – Present)
Academic Integrity Committee Faculty Member (2007-Present)
Biology Major Curriculum Committee Member (2006-Present)
Marine Biology Curriculum Committee Member (2006-Present)
Environmental Science Curriculum Committee Member (2008-Present)
Search Committee Member for MST Faculty Positions (2009-2012)

Faculty Fellow - developed standardized web page for all faculty members (2006)


Faculty Advisor for the Premedical Society (2007-2009)
Faculty Advisor for the Nature Club (2009-Present)
Faculty Advisor for the SCUBA club (2008-2012)
Earth Day Speaker, NSU, 2009
Careers in Biology talk for Undergraduate Residents (2008-Present)
BOAT HANDLING EXPERIENCE
Vessel repair, maintenance, and operation



PERSONAL REFERENCES

Richard Spieler, Ph. D., Professor, Director of Academic Programs, Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center, 954-262-3613, spielerr@nova.edu





Robin Sherman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Associate Director in Department of Math, Science and Technology, Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, Nova Southeastern University, 954-262-8336, shermanr@nova.edu
Martin B. Main, Ph.D., Professor, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Program Leader, Florida Master Naturalist Program, University of Florida, SW Florida Research and Education Center,

239-658-3400, mmain@ufl.edu 


Lance Jordan, Ph.D., Microwave Telemetry Inc., 410-715-5292, lance@microwavetelemetry.com
Rick DeVictor, Fishery Biologist, NOAA Fisheries Services, Southeast Regional Office, 727-824-5305, rick.devictor@noaa.gov


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