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Craig Plante

Professor/Director, Graduate Program in Marine Biology

Address: Grice Marine Laboratory, 205 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC 29412
Phone: 843.953.9187


Ph.D., 1992, University of Washington

Research Interests

  • Microbial ecology, benthic biology, animal-microbe interactions, bioremediation, and the role of autoinduction (quorum sensing) in biofilm development and the production of antimicrobials in marine bacteria  

Current and planned research projects: 

  • The microbial ecology of sediments, esp. the quantitative and qualitative effects of deposit feeding on sedimentary bacteria
  • The importance of disturbance to sedimentary microbial communities, and processes of re-colonization and succession
  • Role of bacterial antagonisms in structuring benthic bacterial communities
  • Surfactant-resistant bacteria and the use of surfactants in marine sediment bioremediation


  • Rafalowski, S., Plante, C. 2013.   Non-equilibrium processes structuring benthic bacterial communities following deposit feeding by sea cucumber Isostichopus badionotus (Selenka).  Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser.  DOI 10.3354/meps10162
  • Plante, C., Frank, E., Roth, P.  2011. Effects of biological and physical disturbances on benthic microalgal community structure and spatial patterns: Interactions between deposit feeding and tidal resuspension. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 440: 53-65
  • Plante, C., Busby, T. 2011. The influence of the facultative suspension-feederMesochaetopterus taylori on microbial community structure of sediments.  Bull. Mar. Sci. 87: 377-393
  • Plante, C.  2010. Landscape and smaller-scale effects of lugworm (Arenicola marina) deposit feeding on benthic bacterial assemblages. J. Mar. Res. 68: 743-765
  • Plante, C., Feipel, S. Wilkie, J. 2010. Disturbance effects of deposit feeding on microalgal community structure and mechanisms of recolonization.  J. Phycol. 46: 907-916