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Sapphirina auronitens

A drawing by Giesbrecht (1892) of the Copepoda, Sapphirina auronitens Claus, 1863

bar John Fornshell

John A. FornshellResearch Associate

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  • Mailing Address:
    Smithsonian Institution
    Museum Support Center
    4210 Silver Hill Rd.
    Suitland, MD 20746
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    Museum Support Center
    4210 Silver Hill Rd.
    Suitland, MD 20746

    Responsibilities: Research Associate

    PhD in Oceanography, Florida State University 1975
    M.S. Biology Florida State University 1967
    B. S. Biology Florida State University 1965

    Research Interests: Larvae of Invertebrate animals

    Professional Activities: Adjunct Biology Professor at Northern Virginia Community College and Prince George’s Community College. Treasure of the Marine Technology Society.

    Selected Publications:
    Acoustic signatures of three marine arthropods, Squilla mantis (Linnaeus, 1758), Homarus americanus (H. Milne Edwards, 1837), Nephrops norvegicus (Linnaeus 1758) (Arthropoda, Malacostraca) 2010 J. Marine Technology Vol 44 (5) pp. 1-14.with Alessandra Tesei and Paul D. Fox.

    Morphological variability of Pleuromamma abdominalis (Copepoda, Calanoda, Metridinae) Along two latitudinal transects in the Eastern North Pacific Ocean. 2010 Crustaceana 83 (6): 753-765. With Frank D. Ferrari.

    Acoustic Detection of Small Mesoplankton Such as Copepod Nauplii In the Marine Environment 2008 J. Marine Technology Vol 42 pp 62 - 64.

    Key for the Identification of Crustacean Nauplii 2006 Organism Diversity and Evolution Vol 6 pp. 47 - 56. With Hans-Uwe Dahms and Ben J. Fornshell.

    Planktonic Protozoan Populations of Five West Indian Reefs 2005. Atoll Research- Bulletin No 533. pp.93 - 102.

    A Key to Copepod Nauplii 2005 Proceedings of the MTS/IEEE Oceans 2005 Conference. pp. 1- 4.

    Diel Distribution of Copepods Across a Channel in an Overwash Mangrove Island. 2003 Hydrobiologia 499: 147-159 with Frank D. Ferrari, Lana Ong and Julie W. Ambler.

    The Ocean Acoustic Environment in the Lower Chesapeake Bay: Factors Influencing the Forward Problem. 2003 Proceedings of the MTS Oceans 2003 Conference pp 565-569. With Emily M. Anderson and Karen Kelly.

    Copepod Nauplii from the Barrier Reef of Belize. 1994 Hydrobiologia 292/293 pp 295 - 301.

    Vertical Sound Velocity Profiles for the Northeastern Caribbean Sea. 1984 Carib. J. Sci. 20 (1-2), pp. 49 -56.

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