Craig J. Plante

Professor, Director of the Graduate Program in Marine Biology

Address: Grice 104
Phone: Office: 843.953.9187 Lab: 843.953.9193


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


* indicates undergraduate co-author

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 & Coasts 42: 157-172

Hook, W., Plante, C. 2019. Antimicrobial production among intertidal sedimentary and porewater bacteria and the characterization of their prevalence in situ. Plankton & Benthos Research 14: 197-205

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.  2018. Kistimonas alittae, sp. nov., a gammabacterium isolated from the marine annelid, Alitta succinea. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol.  doi 10.1099/ijsem.0.003137

Sinkus, W., Shervette, V., Ballenger, J., Reed, L., Plante, C., White, B. 2017. Mercury bioaccumulation in offshore reef fishes from waters of the southeastern USA. Environ. Poll. 228: 222-233

Roth, P., Hill-Spanik, K.M., *McCurry, C., Plante, C.  2017. Propidium monoazide-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (PMA-PCR) assay for the characterization of viable diatoms in marine sediments. Diatom Res. DOI: 10.1080/0269249X.2017.1365014

*Rivera-Garcia, L., Hill-Spanik, K., Berthrong, S., Plante, C. 2017. Tidal stage changes in structure and diversity of intertidal benthic diatom assemblages: A case study from two contrasting Charleston Harbor flats.  Estuaries Coast DOI: 10.1007/s12237-017-0312-4

Plante, C. 2017. Defining disturbance for microbial ecology. Microb. Ecol. 74: 259-263 doi 10.1007/s00248-017-00956-4

Plante, C.J., *Fleer, V., Jones, M.L.  2016.  Dispersal assembly of benthic microalgal communities: Effects of tidal resuspension. J. Phycol. 52: 827-839

Smoot, S., Plante, C.J., Podolsky, R.D.  2015. Population-level variation in anti-bacterial activity in egg masses of Melanochlamys diomedea: response to habitat variation in sediment properties and bacterial load. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 524: 185-196

Bezy, V., Valverde, R., Plante, C.  2015. Olive ridley sea turtle hatching success as a function of the microbial abundance in nest sand at Ostional, Costa Rica and implications for conservation management. PLoS ONE 10: e118579