Present Post-doctoral researcher, University of California, Santa Barbara.
2016 Ph.D., Biology, Florida International University, Miami, FL.
The individual in interactive effects of nitrogen and phosphorus enrichment on coral reefs.
Dr. Deron Burkepile, adviser.
2010 M.S., Marine Biology, Northeastern University, Boston, MA.
Impacts of corallivorous fishes on Pacific coral reefs.
Dr. Josh Idjadi, adviser.
2005 B.A., Anthropology, University of Colorado, Boulder, Boulder CO.
Zaneveld, J., D.E. Burkepile, A.A. Shantz, C.E. Pritchard, R. McMinds, et al. Overfishing, pollution, and thermal stress interact to disrupt coral reefs down to a microbial scale. Nature Communications, 7 #11833 doi:10.1038/ncomms11833
Lemoine, N.P. & A.A. Shantz. 2016. Warming induces nitrogen limitation of a generalist insect herbivore by increasing metabolic nitrogen demand. Physiological Entomology 41:143-151
Ladd, M.C. & A.A. Shantz. Novel enemies or have we just been kept in the dark? Removing artificial shelters reveals a previously unknown predator of the bearded fireworm Hermodice carunculata. In Press, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
Shantz, A.A., N.P. Lemoine & D.E. Burkepile. 2016. Nutrient loading alters the performance of key nutrient exchange mutualisms. Ecology Letters, 19:20-28.. *Reviewed in Science.
Shantz, A.A., M.E. Ladd, E. Schrack & D.E. Burkepile. 2015. Fish-derived nutrient hotspots shape coral reef benthic communities. Ecological Applications, 25: 2142-2152
Stroud, J.T., M.R. Bush, M.E. Ladd, R.J. Nowicki, A.A. Shantz & J. Sweatman. 2015. Is a community still a community? Reviewing definitions of key terms in community ecology. Ecology and Evolution, doi: 10.1002/ece3.1651
Catano, L.B., A.A. Shantz & D.E. Burkepile. 2014. Predation risk, competition, and territorial damselfishes as drivers of herbivore foraging on Caribbean coral Reefs. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 511: 193-207.
Shantz, A.A., & D.E. Burkepile. 2014. Context-dependent effects of nutrient loading on the coral-algal mutualism.* Ecology, 95: 1995-2005
*Winner of FIU Provost Award for Outstanding Paper or Manuscript
Staaterman, E.R., A.A. Bhandiwad, P.M. Gravinese, P.M. Moeller, Z.C. Reichenbach, A.A. Shantz, D.S. Shiffman, L.T. Toth, A.M. Warneke & A.J. Gallagher. 2014. Lights, camera, science: The utility and growing popularity of film festivals at scientific meetings. Ideas in Ecology and Evolution, 7: 11-16.
Vega-Thurber, R., D.E. Burkepile, C. Fuchs, A.A. Shantz, R. McMinds & J.R. Zaneveld. 2014. Chronic nutrient enrichment causes increased coral disease prevalence and severity. Global Change Biology 20: 544-554.
Burkepile, D.E., J.E. Allgeier, A.A. Shantz, C. Pritchard, N. Lemoine, L. Bhatti, and C.A. Layman. Nutrient supply from fishes facilitates macroalgae and suppresses corals in a Caribbean coral reef ecosystem. Scientific Reports, 3 : 1493. DOI: 10.1038/srep01493.
Vega-Thurber, R., D.E. Burkepile, A.M.S. Correa, A.A. Shantz, R.M. Welsh, C. Pritchard, and S. Rosales. 2012. Macroalgae decrease growth and alter microbial community structure of the reef-building coral Porites astreoides. PLoS ONE 7, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0044246.
Shantz, A.A., A.C. Stier and J.A. Idjadi. 2011. Coral density and predation affect growth of a reef-building coral. Coral Reefs 30: 363-367.
PUBLICATIONS IN REVIEW
Shantz, A.A., M.C. Ladd & D.E. Burkepile. Species-specific differences in the growth and photobiology of three Caribbean corals subjected to nitrate, ammonium and phosphate enrichment. In Review, Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology.
Shantz, A.A., M.C. Ladd & D.E. Burkepile. Enrichment induced changes in algal nitrogen and phosphorus content modify herbivore grazing. In Review, Coral Reefs.
2015 Impacts of fish-derived nutrients on coral reef communities.* Association of Marine Labs of the Caribbean, Willemstad, CW.
*Awarded Best Student Presentation.
2015 Nutrification imperils foundational mutualisms.* Benthic Ecology Conference, Quebec City, QC, CA.
*Awarded Outstanding Student Presentation.
2015 Nutrient pollution impairs nutritional-mutualisms.* Florida International University Biosymposium, Miami, FL. USA.
*Awarded Best Student Presentation.
2014 Global nutrient loading jeopardizes the performance of key nutrient-sharing mutualisms.* Western Society of Naturalists Annual Meeting, Tacoma, WA. USA.
*Awarded Best Student Presentation.
2014 Fish-derived nutrients shape coral reef communities. Benthic Ecology Conference, Jacksonville, FL. USA.
2013 When the sh*t hits the (sea)fan: The impact of fish derived nutrients on coral reef benthic communities. Western Society of Naturalists Annual Meeting, Oxnard, CA. USA.
2013 Impact of nutrients on the growth and physiology of reef building corals. 42nd Benthic Ecology Conference, Savannah, GA. USA.
2012 Macronutrients influence foraging in an herbivorous fish community. 2012 International Coral Reef Symposium, Cairns, Queensland, AU.
2011 Foraging decisions of an herbivorous fish community and their potential impacts on a Pacific coral reef. 40th Annual Benthic Ecology Conference, Mobile, AL. USA.
2010 Impacts of corallivorous fishes on the growth and survival of juvenile Porites corals. Invited speaker, Maharepa, Moorea, PF.
2009 Coral density affects optimal foraging behavior in a corallivorous butterfly fish. Invited speaker, Northeastern University, Boston, MA. USA.
2011 - Reasearch Assistant, Florida International University, Miami, FL. NSF Grant OCE #1130786.
2014 Mission Scientist, "Mission 31", Joint project between FIU, Northeastern University & Bonnet Rouge Productions.
2011, Teaching Assistant, Florida International University, Miami, FL.
2010 Research technician, Florida International University, Miami, FL. Dr. Deron Burkepile, supervisor.
2010 Dive Safety Coordinator, Northeastern University, Moorea, French Polynesia. Dr. Sal Genovese, Supervisor
2008 Laboratory technician, Edgerton Research Lab, New England Aquarium, Boston MA. Anita Metzler, supervisor.
2006 Laboratory technician, M&M Tropical Coral Aquaculture, Boulder, CO. Michael Tracy, supervisor.
2011, Teaching Assistant, Biology 1011L: General Biology I, Florida International University.
2011 Teaching Assistant, Biology 3043L: Ecology, Florida International University.
2011, Teaching Assistant, Biology 1021L: General Biology II, Florida International University.
2010 Teaching Assistant, Biology 3203C: Invertebrate Zoology, Florida International University.
2010 Teaching Assistant, Biology 5510: Marine Birds & Mammals, Northeastern University.
GRANTS & AWARDS
2015 FIU Dissertation Year Fellowship ($16,600)
2015 Explorers Club Exploration Fund ($1,000)
2015 Tinker Foundation Travel Grant ($2,500)
2014 Great Lakes Foundation ($2,500)
2014 Charles Perry Graduate Scholarship ($2,500)
2014 FIU UGS DEA Fellowship ($8,600)
2013 PADI Foundation Grant ($3,700)
2013 Sigma Xi Grant In Aid of Research ($1,000)
2013 FIU Provost Award for Outstanding Student Publication ($2,000)
2013 FIU Biology Grant ($300)
2012 FIU Travel Grant ($450)
2011 FIU Travel Grant ($750)
2010 Florida International University Graduate Teaching Assistantship ($30,000)
OTHER PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY SERVICES
·Reviewer for the following Journals: The Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology; Coral Reefs; Oecologia; Proceedings of the Royal Society, B.; Aquatic Ecology.
·Scientific Meetings Coordinator for the Beneath the Waves film festival.
·Co-founder & Treasurer of the FIU Marine Aquarium Club.
·Dive Safety Coordinator for Northeastern University Three Seas Marine Biology Program, Moorea, French Polynesia 2010.
·Volunteer Emergency Medical Technician, Northglenn Ambulance, Northglenn CO. 2002-2005
OTHER EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS
·Saturation Diver & Aquanaut
·NAUI certified Dive Master
·AAUS certified research diver, 150 foot depth certification.
·American Red Cross Certified CPR & Emergency first aid.
·National SAFE small water craft operation certification.