Adam Paganini


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RIPTIDES Coordinator & Researcher
MS Marine Biology
(415) 338-3514


Adam is the Coordinator for the MS in Interdisciplinary Marine and Estuarine Science graduate program here at SF State's EOS Center, called RIPTIDES - the Research Intensive Pedagogical Training of InterDisciplinary Estuarine Scientists. He directs activities to network between PIs and core participants, other faculty participants, SF State administration, and external partners. Adam is involved in coordination of courses, recruiting and advertising, evaluation of applications, assisting faculty advisors, program evaluation and other aspects of the project as they arise. Adam frequently communicates with program participants about their needs as well as any potential applicants that are interested in applying.  As a Stillman lab graduate student here at the EOS Center (then "RTC") in 2009, Adam was passionate about investigating physiological adaptations of invertebrates to climate change and the monitoring of such changes in the environment due to human activities. Adam brought new findings to light and garnered attention with studies that  interpret the physiological sensitivity crabs have to global climate change.[1] [2] Adam's work has been featured on the cover of peer reviewed journals for a) his innovative research on how Global Warming and Ocean Acidification reduced physiological performance in porcelain crabs and b) his meta-analysis of Biochemical Adaptations to Ocean Acidification in a special George Somero-tribute issue of the Journal of Experimental Biology. These days Adam stays connected to research by managing the deployment of the Nielsen Lab's carbon dioxide-monitoring buoy and volunteering his time in the classroom. 


Selected publications:

  1. Paganini A.W., Miller N.A., Stillman J.H., (2014) Temperature and acidification variability reduce physiological performance in the intertidal zone porcelain crab Petrolisthes cinctipes. Journal of Experimental Biology 217, 22: 3974-3980 (Cover photo by Adam Paganini and ‘Editor’s Choice’ article)

  2. Paganini A.W., Kimmerer W.J., Stillman J.H. (2010) Metabolic responses to environmental salinity in the invasive clam Corbula amurensis. Aquatic Biology 11: 139-147

  3. Stillman J.H. & Paganini A.W. (2015) Biochemical adaptation to ocean acidification. Journal of Experimental Biology 218, 12: 1946-1955 (Cover design by Adam Paganini, photo by Adam Paganini, and ‘Editor’s Choice’ article)

  4. Miller N.A., Paganini A.W., Stillman J.H. (2013) Differential thermal tolerance and energetic trajectories during ontogeny in porcelain crabs, genus Petrolisthes. Journal of Thermal Biology 38: 79-85