Science

Below are a listing of my peer reviewed publications and technical publications. Feel free to contact me for reprints john{at}johnstarmer.com.

REFEREED PUBLICATIONS

Denton, G.R.W., C.A. Emborski, C.A., A.A.B. Hachero, A.A.B, R.S. Masga, and J.A. Starmer. 2016. Impact of WWII dumpsites on Saipan (CNMI): Heavy metal status of soils and sediments. Environmental Science Pollution Research 23: 11339-11348.

Denton, G.R.W., C.A. Emborski, N.C. Habana and J.A. Starmer. 2014. Influence of Urban Runoff, inappropriate waste disposal practices and World War II on the heavy metal status of sediments in the southern half of Saipan Lagoon, Saipan, CNMI. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 81(1): 276-281.

Poupin, J. and J. Starmer. 2013. Neoliomera moana a new cavernicolous species of xanthid crab from the Marquesas Islands (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura). Zootaxa 3737(5):585-592.

Michonneau, F., Borrero-Perez, G.H., Honey, M., Kamarudin, K.R., Kerr, A.M., Kim,S., Menez, A., Miller, A., Ocha, J.A., Olavides, R.D., Paulay, G., Samyn, Y., Setyastuti, A., Solis-Marin, F, Starmer, J., Vanden Spiegel, D. 2013. The littoral sea cucumbers (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea) of Guam re-assessed – a diversity curve that still does not asymptote. Cahiers de Biologie Marine 54:531-540. http://goo.gl/rzvaMz

Denton, G.R.W., M.S. Trianni, B.G. Bearden, P.C. Houk, and J.A. Starmer. 2011. Tracking Down an Unusual Source of Mercury Enrichment in Fish from Saipan Lagoon, Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Progress in Environmental Sciences and Technology. 3:130-140

Denton, G.R.W., M.S. Trianni, B.G. Bearden, P.C. Houk, and J.A. Starmer. 2011. Impact of a medical waste incinerator on mercury levels in lagoon fish from a small tropical island in the western Pacific. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A. 74(13): 823-827.

Paulay, G. and Starmer, J. 2011. Evolution, Insular Restriction, and Extinction of Oceanic Land Crabs, Exemplified by the Loss of an Endemic Geograpsus in the Hawaiian Islands. PLoS ONE 6(5): e19916. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0019916

Houk, P. and J. Starmer 2010. Constraints on the diversity and distribution of coral-reef assemblages in the volcanic Northern Mariana Islands. Coral Reefs. 29(1): 59-70.

Denton, G.R.W., R.J. Morrison, B.G. Bearden, P.C. Houk, and Starmer, J.A.  2009. Impact of a Coastal Dump in a Tropical Lagoon on Trace Metal Concentrations in Surrounding Marine Biota: A Case Study from Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). Marine Pollution Bulletin. 58: 424-455.

Beccero, M., J.A. Starmer and V.J. Paul. 2006. Chemical defenses of cryptic and aposematic gastropterid molluscs feeding on their host sponge Dysidea granulosa.  Journal of Chemical Ecology. 32:1491-1500.

Starmer, J.A. 2003. An annotated checklist of ophiuroids (Echinodermata) from Guam. Micronesica 35-36:547-562.

Paulay, G, M.P. Puglisi and J.A. Starmer. 2003. The non-scleractinian Anthozoa (Cnidaria) of the Mariana Islands. Micronesica. 35-36: 138-155.

McPhail, K.L., M.T. Davies-Coleman, and J.A. Starmer. 2001. Sequestered chemistry of the arminacean nudibranch Leminda millecra in Algoa Bay, South Africa. J. Nat. Prod. 64: 1183-1190.

Slattery, M., J. Starmer, and V.J. Paul. 2001.  Temporal and spatial variation in defensive metabolites of the tropical Pacific soft corals Sinularia maxima and S. polydactyla. Marine Biology 138:1183-1193.

Williams, G.C. and J. Starmer. 2000. A new genus and species of soft coral (Octocorallia: Alcyoniidae) from South Africa. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 52(8): 87-96.

Slattery, M., G.A. Hines, J. Starmer, and V.J. Paul. 1999. Reproduction in the soft coral Sinularia  polydactyla: Chemical signals in gametogenesis, spawning, settlement and larval defense. Coral Reefs 18:75-84.

Avila, C., M. Ballesteros, M.Slattery, J. Starmer, and V.J.Paul. 1998. Phyllodesmiumguamensis (Nudibranchia: Aeolidoidea), a new species from Guam (Micronesia) J. Moll. Stud. 64:215-222.

Becerro, M.A., V.J. Paul, and J. Starmer 1998. Intracolonial variation in chemical defenses of            the sponge Cacospongia sp. and its consequences on generalist fish predators and the specialist nudibranch predator Glossodoris pallida. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 168:187-196.

Slattery, M., C. Avila, J. Starmer, and V.J. Paul. 1998. A sequestered soft coral diterpene in the aeolid nudibranch Phyllodesmium guamensis Avila, Ballesteros, Slattery, Starmer, and Paul. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 226:33-49.

TECHNICAL AND PLANNING REPORTS

Minton, D., Brown, V., Dugger, K., Flores, T., Foster, K., Houk, P., Iguel, J., Kessler, K., Kolinski, S., Schils, T., Starmer, J., Suhkraj, N., Tenorio, M. and Trianni, M. 2009. Marine Resource Surveys of Tinian, Commonwealth of the Nothern Mariana Islands. Volume 1. US Fish and Wildlife Service, Honolulu, HI. 102 pp.

Starmer, J. 2009. Northern Mariana Islands Needs Assessment for the Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System. Pacific Marine Resources Institute, 17 pp.

Starmer, J. 2008. Coral community assessment at Kilo Wharf, Apra Harbor, Guam. Pacific Marine Resources Institute, Saipan. 18 pp.

Denton, G.R.W., B.G. Bearden, P. Houk, J.A. Starmer, and H.R. Wood. 2008. Heavy metals in biotic representatives from the intertidal zone and nearshore waters of Tanapag Lagoon, Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). Water and Environmental Research Institute of the Western Pacific (WERI) Technical Report No. 123. 51 pp.

Starmer, J., et al. 2008.The State of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. . In: J.E. Waddell and A.M. Clarke (eds.), The State of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the United States and Pacific Freely Associated States: 2008. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 73. NOAA/NCCOS Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment Biogeography Team. Silver Spring, MD. 569 pp.

Starmer, J. and Houk, P. 2008 Marine and Water Quality Monitoring Plan for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Division of Environmental Quality and Coastal Resources Management Office, Saipan, CNMI. 37 pp.

Houk, P. and Starmer, J. 2007. Rapid Ecological Assessment for Yap, Ngulu and Ulithi,Yap State, Federated States of Micronesia: Quantitative Assessment of Coral-Reef Assemblages and  Macroinvertebrate Abundances. Pacific Marine Resources Institute, Saipan. 43 pp.

Starmer, J. and Houk, P. 2007. Rapid Ecological Assessment for Ngulu and Ulithi Atolls, Yap State, Federated States of Micronesia: Quantitative Assessment of Coral-Reef Biological Diversity. Pacific Marine Resources Institute, Saipan. 26 pp.

Starmer, J. (ed.) 2007 Ecological Assessment of the Mangrove Habitat in the American Memorial Park, Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. Pacific Marine Resources Institute, Saipan. 80 pp.

Starmer, J. (ed.) 2005.  The State of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. pp. 399-441. In: Waddell, J.E. (ed.), 2005. The State of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the United States and Pacific Freely Associated States: 2005. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 11. NOAA/NCCOS Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment Biogeography Team. Silver Spring, MD. 522 pp.

Houk, P. and J. Starmer. 2004. Marine and Water Quality Monitoring Plan for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Division of Environmental Quality and Coastal Resources Management Office, Saipan, CNMI. 25 pp.

Starmer, J. 2003. Marine Resources of the Mariana Islands: an Annotated Bibliography. Coastal Resources Management Office, Saipan, CNMI. 43 pp.

Starmer, J. & P. Houk. 2002. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Nonpoint Source Pollution Monitoring Strategy. CNMI Coastal Resources Management Office and CNMI Division of Environmental Quality. San Jose, Saipan. 20 pp.

Starmer, J., M.S. Trianni and P. Houk. 2002. The Status of Coral Reefs in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. In Turgeon, D.D. and R.G. Asch, eds. 2002. Health of US Coral Reef Ecosystems: 2002. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/ National Ocean Service/ National Center for Coastal Ocean Science, Silver Spring, MD. 195-204.

Starmer, J. and M.K. Seman. 2002. Fish Kill at Smiling Cove Marina, Saipan, CNMI, 9 July 2002. CNMI Coastal Resources Management Office 5 pp.

Amesbury, S.S., D. Ginsburg, T. Rongo, L. Kirkendale and J. Starmer. 1999. War-in-the-Pacific Park Marine Biological Survey. University of Guam Marine Laboratory Tech. Rept. No. 156. 7 p.

Paulay, G., L. Kirkendale, G. Lambert, and J. Starmer. 1997. The marine invertebrate biodiversity of Apra Harbor: Significant areas and introduced species, with focus on sponges, echinoderms and ascidians Report prepared for U.S. Department of Defense, COMNAVMARIANAS. Available from U.S. Navy, Guam.

ONLINE PUBLICATIONS

Starmer, J. 2018. Can new technology and understanding of the world’s coral reefs save the existing reefs? https://www.quora.com/Can-new-technology-and-understanding-of-the-worlds-coral-reefs-save-the-existing-reefs/answer/John-Starmer-1 syndicated and published by Forbes https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2018/07/20/can-modern-technology-save-the-earths-dwindling-coral-reefs/#7e5eec185b95 and Apple News https://apple.news/AjEuuBkYIQ_2oTRIZuNpZ4Q

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

Hirschfeld, R. and Starmer, J. 2016.The Joint OpenStack and Kubernetes Environment, Will it Blend? SF Bay OpenStack User Group Meetup.

Starmer, J. 2008. CNMI Status Report. Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) Initial Governance Meeting. Honolulu, HI.

Starmer, J. 2008. CNMI Coral Reef Resources, Current Status.CNMI IYOR Proclamation, Garapan, Saipan, MP.

Starmer, J. 2007. Marine Ecology: Are you part of the Environment? CRM Marine Sports Operators Meeting. Garapan, Saipan, MP.

Starmer, J. 2005. Monitoring and Assessment Programs in CNMI. PacificNEON Organizational Meeting, Hololulu, HI.

Starmer, J. 2003. Progress Report: CNMI Coral Reef Monitoring and Mapping 2003. NOAA Coral Reef Mapping and Monitoring Meeting: Pacific Islands April 29-30. Honolulu, HI.

Starmer, J. 2003. Marine Biological Diversity in CNMI. 2nd CNMI Environmental Symposium, Susupe, Saipan, MP.

Starmer, J. 2002. State of the Reef: Preliminary results for CNMI, GCRMN Micronesian National Node Coordinators Workshop, Saipan, MP.

Salas, J.D. and Starmer, J. 2002. Grounded and Abandoned Vessels in the CNMI. NOAA/USCRI Vessel Grounding Workshop. Tumon, Guam, GU.

Starmer, J. 2002. CNMI Marine Monitoring Program: Methods and Priorities. GCRMN Micronesian National Node Coordinators Meeting. Saipan, MP

Starmer, J. 2002. CNMI Long-Term Marine Monitoring Program. 1st CNMI Environmental Symposium. Susupe, Saipan, MP.

Starmer, J., Houk, P. and Mauro D. 2001. CNMI Coral Reef Mapping and Monitoring Priorities for 2002. NOAA Mapping and Monitoring Meeting. Honolulu, HI.