C Plante

Craig Plante

Professor; Director, Graduate Program in Marine Biology


Ph.D. - University of Washington

Research Interests

Microbial ecology and biogeography
Benthic biology
Animal-microbe interactions

Courses Taught

BIOL 341: General Ecology
BIOL 341T: Ecology, Study Abroad in Panama
BIOL 601: Ecology of Marine Organisms
BIOL 620 & 621: Graduate Core Seminars

Selected Publications

Plante, C., Hill-Spanik, K., *Emerson, R. Feeding effects of the keystone deposit feeder
Ilyanassa obsoleta on sedimentary diatoms. Journal of Phycology 59:590-602. doi: 10.1111/jpy.13334

Plante, C., Hill-Spanik, K., *Emerson, R. 2023. Inputs don’t equal outputs: Microbiomes of the
ingesta, gut, and feces of the keystone deposit feeder Ilyanassa obsoleta. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 99:1-14.

†Hook, W., Plante, C. 2022. Antagonistic interactions among marine sedimentary bacteria in
multispecies microcosms.  Journal of the Marine Biological Association (UK) 102:196-208. Doi.org/10.1017/S0025315422000376

*Gill, J.G., Hill-Spanik, K., Whittaker, K., Jones, M., Plante, C. 2022. Biogeographic analysis of bacteria in the Sargasso Sea using high-throughput sequencing.  PeerJ 10:e12835. doi 10.7717/peerj.12835

Plante, C.J. and *Cooper, C. 2021. A new dyed-plug method for measuring short-term erosion

and deposition in coastal environments.  Journal of Coastal Research 37:1294-1298.

Plante, C., Hill-Spanik, K., *Lowry, J. 2021. Controls on diatom biogeography on South Carolina (USA) barrier island beaches.  Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 661:17-33

†Bezy, V., Hill-Spanik, K., Plante, C.  2020. Unearthing the sand microbiome of sea turtle
nests with disparate survivorship at a mass-nesting beach in Costa Rica. Aquat. Microb. Ecol. 85:71-83

Plante, C., Hill-Spanik, K., *Cook, M., *Graham, C. 2020. Environmental and spatial influences
on biogeography and community structure of saltmarsh benthic diatoms. Estuaries and Coasts 44:147-161. doi.org/10.1007/s12237-020-00779-0

Hill-Spanik, K.M., *Smith, A.S., Plante, C.J. 2019. Recovery of benthic microalgal biomass and community structure following beach renourishment at Folly Beach, South Carolina. Estuaries and Coasts 42:157-172. doi.org/10.1007/s12237-018-0456-x

Ellis, C., Thomas, M., Lawson, P., Patel, N., *Faircloth, W., *Hayes, S., *Linton, E., *Norden, D., *Severenchuk, I., *West, C., Brown, J., Plante, R., Plante C.  2019. Kistimonas alittae, sp. nov., a gammabacterium isolated from the marine annelid, Alitta succinea. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 69:235-240. doi 10.1099/ijsem.0.003137

* undergraduate students, † College of Charleston graduate students