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John Cigliano - Cedar Crest College. Allentown, PA, US

John Cigliano John Cigliano

Professor, Department of Biological Sciences | Cedar Crest College


A marine conservation ecologist who studies the effects of ocean acidification and climate change on intertidal communities and organisms.






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Before and after in Belize: Testing a marine reserve - Dr. John Cigliano John Cigliano - Case Study




John is a Professor of Biology and Director of Environmental Conservation at Cedar Crest College where he teaches courses on marine ecology, conservation, and animal behavior. His areas of interest include ocean acidification and climate change and how they affect temperate intertidal communities and the behavior of organisms. John has worked with the American Museum of Natural History on developing and testing conservation-related curricula as part of their Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners. His research has been funded by Earthwatch Institute since 2006. John uses citizen scientists in his field work and is a founding member of the Citizen Science Association. He is also the president of the Marine Section of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB), a board member of the SCB, and is also on the board of the Friends for Allentown Parks and the Lehigh Valley Zoological Society.

Industry Expertise (4)

Training and Development Education/Learning Environmental Services Research

Areas of Expertise (4)

Marine Ecology Fisheries Conservation Biology

Education (2)

Boston University: Ph.D., Biology

University of Rochester: B.S., Biology and Geology

Affiliations (1)

  • Marine Conservation and Sustainability (Journal) : Review Editor

Media Appearances (3)

Our Faculty: John A. Cigliano

Cedar Crest College  online


Today, you might not find too many kids who would say they wanted to be Jacques Cousteau when they grew up. But for a young John Cigliano, watching the celebrated ocean explorer’s PBS television program inspired an awe that would lay the groundwork for his future...

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What climate change could mean for our region

69News  online


John Cigliano, director of environmental conservation at Cedar Crest College, said people are already noticing changes. "We hear it all the time: 'That was a really bizarre winter, or an odd summer'...This is the new normal," Cigliano said. While Cigliano and Husic claim climate change is inevitable--they said it's not too late to prevent more drastic affects in the future...

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Do protected areas for wildlife really work?

The Ecologist  online


Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) have also been delivering results. Dr John Cigliano, a marine conservation ecologist from Cedar Crest College in Pennsylvania, is involved in efforts to preserve queen conch in the Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve on Belize’s barrier reef. Numbers of this threatened snail-like species have been growing steadily since the MPA was set up in 1996...

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Articles (5)

Seventy‐One Important Questions for the Conservation of Marine Biodiversity Conservation Biology


The ocean provides food, economic activity, and cultural value for a large proportion of humanity. Our knowledge of marine ecosystems lags behind that of terrestrial ecosystems, limiting effective protection of marine resources. We describe the outcome of 2 workshops in 2011 and 2012 to establish a list of important questions, which, if answered, would substantially improve our ability to conserve and manage the world's marine resources...

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Gaining traction: retreading the wheels of marine conservation Conservation Biology


A number of international treaties address the conservation of marine resources.
The declining state of the world's oceans suggests that these treaties are not succeeding
and could use improvement. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered ...

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Brown-headed Cowbird parasitism of Ovenbirds in suburban forest fragments The Auk


Forest fragmentation in North America concerns many biologists because of its
effects on wildlife populations. One group that has demonstrated particular sensitivity is
Neotropical migrant birds. We studied Ovenbirds (Seiurus aurocapillus) in forest ...

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Assessment of the mating history of female pygmy octopuses and a possible sperm competition mechanism Animal Behaviour


Sperm precedence has been reported for a wide range of taxa with internal fertilization (see
Smith 1984; Birkhead & Mnller 1992). For sperm precedence to occur,(1) females must be
able to store viable sperm for an extended period of time,(2) there must be a delay ...

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Dominance and den use in Octopus bimaculoides Animal Behaviour


Past studies have indicated that dominance relationships based on size occur in
octopuses. It is unclear, however, why this behaviour evolved since octopuses are solitary
animals that do not form social aggregations. The hypothesis that dominance determines ...

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