Atlanta Metropolitan State College



Research Description:

Dr. David Hudson's dissertation research involved the behavior and physiology of crabs with respect to shelter choice and salinity changes. He is involved with conservation and restoration of marine habitats with the Reef Ball Foundation, worked on primary productivity at the Marine Ecosystems Research Laboratory at URI, and is interested in factors affecting competition and species’ distribution changes with new species’ introductions (invasive species) and projected climate change. Dr. Hudson is fluent in Spanish, and spent time in Bogotá, Colombia as a U.S. Student Fulbright Fellow working on the behavior of freshwater crabs in the Andes, a project that is still ongoing. At AMSC, he is continuing previous research on decapod crustaceans, marine conservation, and biogeography, and is designing and teaching upper level courses for the new biology bachelor’s degree program.

Publications and Copyrights:

Reinhardt JF, and Hudson, DM. 2012. A review of the life history, invasion process, and potential management of Clavelina lepadiformis Müller, 1776: a recent invasion of the northwest Atlantic. Management of Biological Invasions 3(1): 1–13.

Hudson, DM. 2011. Characteristics Contributing to Invasiveness of the Asian Shore Crab, Hemigrapsus sanguineus. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.

Copyright: Hudson DM, Krumholz J, Reef Ball Foundation. 2010. Improvement to Reef Ball system: invertebrate shelter hole.

Reinhardt JF, Stefaniak LM, Hudson DM, Mangiafico J, Gladych R, and Whitlatch RB. 2010. First record of the non-native light bulb tunicate Clavelina lepadiformis (Müller, 1776) in the northwest Atlantic. Aquatic Invasions 5(2):185-190.


David Hudson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Physiology and Neurobiology
B.S., University of Rhode Island
Ph.D., University of Connecticut

Division of Science, Math, and Health Professions Atlanta Metropolitan State College
1630 Metropolitan Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30310
Phone: 404-756-4025
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