School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-5000

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Emmanuelle Pales Espinosa

School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
Stony Brook University
NY 11794-5000,  USA
Phone: +1 (631) 632 8694
    Fax: +1 (631) 632 8915



Main research interests:

  • Shellfish physiology
  • Particle selection mechanisms in suspension-feeding bivalves
  • Algology


Current research projects: (select any title for more details)


Selected publications:

Allam B, Tanguy A, Jeffroy F, Le Bris C, Pales Espinosa E, Paillard C. (2014). Transcriptional changes in Manila clam (Ruditapes philippinarum) in response to brown ring disease. Fish and Shellfish Immunology. In Press.

Pales Espinosa E., Corre E, Allam B. (2014). Pallial mucus of Crassostrea virginica regulates the expression of putative virulence genes of its pathogen Perkinsus marinus. International Journal for Parasitology 44: 305-317.

Rubin E, Tanguy A, Perrigault M, Pales Espinosa E, Allam B. (2014). Characterization of the transcriptome and temperature-induced differential gene expression of in quahog parasite unknown QPX, the thraustochytrid parasite of hard clams. BMC Genomics 15: 245.

Pales Espinosa E, Boutet I, Le Panze S, Allam B, Tanguy A. (2013). Endobacteria in Loripes lacteus: Characterization, localization and some aspect of host-symbiont regulation. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 448: 327-336.

Rosa M, Ward JE, Shumway SS, Wikfors GH, Pales Espinosa E, Allam B. (2013). Effects of Particle Surface Properties on Feeding Selectivity in the Eastern oyster Crassostrea virginica and the Blue mussel Mytilus edulis. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 446: 320-327.

Pales Espinosa E., Winnicki S, Allam B. (2013). Early host-pathogen interactions in marine bivalves: Pallial mucus of Crassostrea virginica modulates the growth and virulence of its pathogen Perkinsus marinus. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 104: 237-247.

Pales Espinosa E., Allam B. (2013). Food quality and season affect the expression of the mucosal lectin MeML and food sorting abilities in the blue mussel Mytilus edulis. Marine Biology 160(6): 1441-1450.

Allam B, Carden WE, Ward JE, Ralph G, Winnicki S, Pales Espinosa E. (2013). Early host-pathogen interactions in marine bivalves: Evidence that the alveolate parasite Perkinsus marinus infects through the oyster mantle during rejection of pseudofeces. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 113: 26-34.

Perrigault M., Dahl S.F., Pales-Espinosa E., Allam B. (2012). Effects of salinity on hard clam (Mercenaria mercenaria) defense parameters and QPX disease dynamics. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 110(1): 73-82.

Jing X, Pales Espinosa E, Perrigault M, Allam B. (2011). Identification, molecular characterization and expression analysis of a mucosal C-type lectin in the eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica. Fish and Shellfish Immunology 30: 851-858.

Perrigault M., Dahl S.F., Pales Espinosa E., Gambino L., Allam B. (2011). Effects of temperature on hard clam (Mercenaria mercenaria) immunity and QPX (Quahog parasite unknown) disease development: II. Defense parameters. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 106: 322-332.

Pales Espinosa E, Hassan D, Ward JE, Shumway SE, Allam B. (2010). The blue mussel Mytilus edulis uses recognition molecules to select food particles. Biological Bulletin 219: 50-60.

Pales Espinosa E, Perrigault M, Allam B. (2010). Identification and molecular characterization of a mucosal lectin (MeML) from Mytilus edulis and its potential role in particle capture. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology 156:495-501.

Pales Espinosa E, Perrigault M, Ward JE, Shumway S, Allam B. (2010). Lectin binding patterns of microalgae: role in particle selection in suspension feeding bivalves. Biological Bulletin 218:75-86.

Pales Espinosa, E., Perrigault, M., Ward, J.E., Shumway, S.E., Allam, B. (2009). Lectins associated with the feeding organs of the oyster Crassostrea virginica can mediate particle selection. Biological Bulletin 217: 130-141.

Pales Espinosa, E., Allam, B., Ford S.E. (2008). Particle selection in the ribbed mussel Geukensia demissa and the Eastern oyster Crassostrea virginica: effect of microalgae growth stage. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 79:1-6.

Pales Espinosa E., Barillé L., Allam B. (2007). Use of encapsulated live microalgae to investigate pre-ingestive selection in Crassostrea gigas. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 343(1), 118-126.

Pales Espinosa E., Allam B. (2006). Comparative growth and survival of juvenile hard clams, Mercenaria mercenaria, fed commercially available diets. Zoo Biology, 25(6), 513-525.

Barillé L., Joël Haure J., Pales Espinosa E. & Morançais M. (2003). Finding new diatoms for intensive rearing of the pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas): energy budget as a selective tool. Aquaculture, 217(1-4), 501-514.

Moreau C., Pales Espinosa E. & Robert J.-M. (1997). Total ammonia as forcing factor of the fertility of underground salt waters for microalgae in the Bay of Bourgneuf (L'azote ammoniacal total, facteur forçant de la fertilité potentielle des eaux souterraines salées de la baie de Bourgneuf pour les microalgues). In : Marais maritimes et Aquaculture - Préservation et exploitation des zones humides littorales, Buchet V. & Hussenot J., IFREMER Eds., pp. 127-140.

Pales Espinosa E. & Moreau C. (1997). Effects of ammonia on the biodiversity of natural phytoplankton assemblages in the Bay of Bourgneuf: determination of optimal and toxic concentrations for diatom production (Influence de l'azote ammoniacal sur la biodiversité de peuplements phytoplanctoniques naturels prélevés en baie de Bourgneuf. Détermination des concentrations optimales et toxiques sur la production de plusieurs diatomées-tests). J. Rech. Océanographique, 2(3), 75-80.

Last update: June 2010