Joseph Caracappa

Graduate Student

856-785-0074 ex. 4332
6959 Miller Ave Port Norris, NJ 08349


Research Interests

My research primarily focuses on how the forms and functions of crustacean larvae vary and how differences might impact their development. Specifically during my dissertation, I have been trying to measure how the morphology and swimming behavior of blue crab larvae can differ for larvae from different mothers. I am also trying to determine how variability in larvae changes as they become more developed and how these differences might impact how larvae disperse in the wild. As a member of Daphne Munroe’s lab at the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory, I am also involved with a variety of projects involved shellfish ecology, conservation, and management.

Short History

Though originally from New Jersey, I moved to New Hampshire and discovered my interest in ecology while being in close proximity to some beautiful environments. It wasn’t until towards the end of my time at Boston College during an internship at Northeastern University’s marine lab that I became interested in marine ecology and fisheries. After my graduation I worked at a technician at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill’s marine station in Morehead City working on oyster and crustacean ecology.


  • 2013, BS, Biology, Boston College
  • since 2014 - PhD Candidate, Graduate Program in Oceanography, Rutgers University


Munroe DM, Haidvogel D, Caracappa JC, Klinck JM, Powell EN, Hoffmann EE, Shank BV, Hart DR, 2018. “Modeling larval dispersal and connectivity for Atlantic sea scallop (Placopecten magellanicus) in the Middle Atlantic Bight” Fisheries Research. 208: 7-15. DOI:

Caracappa JC, Munroe DM, 2018. “Morphological Variability among Broods of First Stage Blue Crab (Callinectes sapidus) Zoeae” Biological Bulletin. 235: 123-133.

Dodd LF, Caracappa JC, Fegley SR, Grabowski JH, Piehler MF, 2015. “Threat of predation does not affect Crassostrea virginica filtration” Estuaries and Coasts. 41:1. 293-298. DOI: