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Eilea Knotts

Title: Instructional Faculty
Lab Coordinator
Department: Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-576-6533
Office: Sumwalt room 325
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  • BIOL 102 (General Principles II)
  • BIOL 102L (General Principles II Lab)
  • MSCI 311 (Biology of Marine Organisms)


Dr. Eilea Knotts is a marine phytoplankton ecologist who studied carbon acquisition strategies as a mechanism for microalgal community structuring processes. Her favorite field station to conduct research is the Baruch Marine Field lab in Georgetown, SC. Currently, Dr. Knotts is focused on cultivating her pedagogy and teaching style. She emphasizes two main principles - creating interest in the subject matter and cultivating a desire to learn.


Pinckney JL, Knotts ER, Kibler KJ, Smith EM. 2020. Nutrient breakpoints for estuarine phytoplankton communities. Limnol Oceanogr. 65(10)

Knotts ER. 2020. Connecting the Public to Science through Wonder. Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin 29:61-62.

Knotts ER, & Pinckney JL. 2019. Effects of carbonic anhydrase inhibition on biomass and primary production of estuarine benthic microalgal communities. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 518:151179. 

Knotts ER & Pinckney JL. 2018. Carbonic anhydrase regulation of phytoplankton community structure in estuarine systems. Aquat. Microb. Ecol. 82(1):73-85.  

 Knotts ER. 2017. Influences of individual phenotypic traits on the habitat preferences of the sand fiddler crab, Uca pugilator. Behaviour 154(7-8):741-764. 

Knotts ER & Griffen BD. 2016. Individual movement rates are sufficient to determine and maintain dynamic spatial positioning within Uca pugilator herds. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 70(4):639-646. 

Griffen BD, Belgrad BA, Cannizzo ZJ, Knotts ER, Hancock ER. 2016. Rethinking our approach to multiple stressor studies in marine environments. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 543:273-281. 


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