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.
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Boston University: Ph.D., Biology
University of Rochester: B.S., Biology and Geology
- Marine Conservation and Sustainability (Journal) : Review Editor
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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...
What climate change could mean for our region
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...