Barbara Spiecker

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Office: UNH COLSA Biological Sciences, Spaulding Hall 280, Durham, NH 03824
Barbara Spiecker

Postdoc, University of California, Santa Barbara (2022)
Ph.D., Oregon State University (2020)
M.S., Northeastern University (2014)
B.S., Rochester Institute of Technology (2011)

Co-Founder of Atomic Hands (
- A non-profit organization that aims to foster curiosity in STEM through American Sign Language-centric resources, empower our signing community to develop and deliver engaging STEM topics, and encourage networking among deaf STEMists.

Selected Publications

Spiecker, B. J., & Menge, B. A. (2022). Coastal upwelling may strengthen the controls of herbivory and light over the population dynamics of <i>Hedophyllum sessile</i> in the Oregon rocky intertidal. Ecology and Evolution, 12(8). doi:10.1002/ece3.9218

Spiecker, B. J., & Menge, B. A. (2022). <scp>El Niño</scp> and marine heatwaves: Ecological impacts on <scp>Oregon</scp> rocky intertidal kelp communities at local to regional scales. Ecological Monographs, 92(2). doi:10.1002/ecm.1504

Kurz, C., Reis, J., & Spiecker, B. (2020). Ideologies and attitudes toward American Sign Language: Processes of academic language and academic cocabulary coinage. In Sign Language Ideologies in Practice (pp. 287-308). De Gruyter Mouton.

Grorud-Colvert, K., Constant, V., Sullivan-Stack, J., Dziedzic, K., Hamilton, S. L., Randell, Z., . . . Lubchenco, J. (2019). High-profile international commitments for ocean protection: Empty promises or meaningful progress?. Marine Policy, 105, 52-66. doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2019.04.003

Sweet, H. C., Doolin, M. C., Yanowiak, C. N., Coots, A. D., Freyn, A. W., Armstrong, J. M., & Spiecker, B. J. (2019). Abbreviated Development of the Brooding Brittle Star<i>Ophioplocus esmarki</i>. The Biological Bulletin, 236(2), 75-87. doi:10.1086/701916

Spiecker, B., Gouhier, T. C., & Guichard, F. (2016). Reciprocal feedbacks between spatial subsidies and reserve networks in coral reef meta‐ecosystems. Ecological Applications, 26(1), 264-278. doi:10.1890/15-0478

Lambert, J. D., Chan, X. Y., Spiecker, B., & Sweet, H. C. (2010). Characterizing the Embryonic Transcriptome of the Snail Ilyanassa. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 50(5), 768-777. doi:10.1093/icb/icq121