Visual ecology, zooplankton, chemical ecology, sensory integration
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Corie Charpentier

Research Assistant


Research Interests

Broadly, I am interested in how the environment effects behavior and physiology of marine invertebrates.

My dissertation research focuses on the mechanism(s) and adaptive significance of diel vertical migration in zooplankton. Conducted by numerous zooplankton species, diel vertical migration is a behavior thought to aid in predator avoidance and requires the integration of visual and chemical cues. Through experiments assessing behavior, physiology, vision, and relevance to the field, I aim to better understand the hows and whys of this ecologically-important behavior.

I am part of the Cohen lab group. Please feel free to email me or click the link below to see the other projects that our lab is currently involved in.


Ph.D., Marine Studies, concentration: Marine Biosciences, University of Delaware, June 2012-Present 

B.S., Marine Science, concentration: Biology; French, minor: Chemistry, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL, May 2012


Charpentier, C.L. and J.H. Cohen. (2015) Chemical cues from fish heighten visual sensitivity in larval crabs through changes in photoreceptor structure and function. Journal of Experimental Biology 218:3381-90. doi: 10.1242/jeb.125229.

Contact Information

Cannon laboratory room 235
University of Delaware
College of Earth, Ocean and Environment
700 Pilottown Rd. 
Lewes DE, 19958

• Physiological Ecology


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School of Marine Science & Policy

Advancing the understanding, stewardship, and conservation of estuarine, coastal, and ocean environments.

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Department of Geological Sciences

Discovering how geological processes have operated over various time scales to create and influence the planet’s surface environments.

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Department of Geography

Investigating the interactions between people and the environment and the processes that explain the location of human and natural phenomena.

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