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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Department of Invertebrate Zoology

photo of Eumunida picta perched on clump of dead Lophelia pertusa

Eumunida picta perched on clump of dead Lophelia pertusa off the coast of North Carolina. Photo credit: Ross et al.

bar photo of Martha Nizinski

Martha NizinskiNOAA, NMFS Adjunct Scientist
National Systematics Lab

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    Responsibilities: Research Zoologist, NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service National Systematics Laboratory


    B.S. 1983. West Virginia Wesleyan College.

    M.S. 1986. University of Maryland, College Park.
    Thesis Title: The ecology and social behavior of Periclimenes anthophilus, a symbiotic cleaner shrimp.

    Ph.D. 1998. The College of William and Mary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Dissertation Title: Caribbean spiny lobster and their molluscan prey: Are top-down forces key in structuring prey assemblages in a Florida Bay seagrass system?

    Research Interests: Biodiversity, taxonomy, systematics, zoogeography, and ecology of decapod crustacean, particularly galatheoid crabs in the Families Chirostylidae and Galatheidae; Invertebrate fauna associated with deep-water Lophelia pertusa reefs; Biodiversity, systematics, and ecology of lobsters

    Professional Activities: Research Associate, Smithsonian Institution; member of The Crustacean Society, Biological Society of Washington, The Ecological Society of America, Phi Kappa Phi, Senate of Scientists, Smithsonian Institution

    Recent Publications:

    Quattrini, Andrea M., Ross, Steve W., Carlson, Michael C. T. and Nizinski, Martha S. 2012. Megafaunal-habitat associations at a deep-sea coral mound off North Carolina, USA. Marine Biology, 159(5): 1079-1094. doi:10.1007/s00227-012-1888-7

    Mah, Christopher L., Mercier, Annie, Hamel, Jean-fran├žois and Nizinski, Martha S. 2012. Range Extensions and Taxonomic Notes on Atlantic Myxasteridae (Velatida; Asteroidea). Zootaxa, 3572: 55-62.

    Morrison, Cheryl L., Ross, Steve W., Nizinski, Martha S., Brooke, Sandra, Jaernegren, Johanna, Waller, Rhian G., Johnson, Robin L. and King, Tim L. 2011. Genetic discontinuity among regional populations of Lophelia pertusa in the North Atlantic Ocean. Conservation Genetics, 12(3): 713-729. doi:10.1007/s10592-010-0178-5

    Anker, Arthur and Nizinski, Martha S. 2011. Description of a new deep-water species of Alpheus Fabricius, 1798 from the Gulf of Mexico (Crustacea, Decapoda, Alpheidae). Zootaxa, 2925: 49-56.

    Vervoort, W., Henry, L. A. and Nizinski, Martha S. 2011. Redescription of the leptothecate hydroid Halecium macrocephalum Allman, 1877 (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa). Journal of Natural History, 45(33-34): 2095-2104. doi:10.1080/00222933.2011.582967

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