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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.

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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:

    Coykendall, D. K., Nizinski, Martha S. and Morrison, Cheryl L. 2016. A phylogenetic perspective on diversity of Galatheoidea (^Munida, Munidopsis^) from cold-water coral and cold seep communities in the western North Atlantic Ocean. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2016.08.014

    Quattrini, Andrea M., Nizinski, Martha S., Chaytor, Jason D., Demopoulos, Amanda W. J., Roark, E. B., France, Scott C., Moore, Jon A., Heyl, Taylor, Auster, Peter J., Kinlan, Brian, Ruppel, Carolyn, Elliott, Kelley P., Kennedy, Brian R. C., Lobecker, Elizabeth, Skarke, Adam and Shank, Timothy M. 2015. Exploration of the Canyon-Incised Continental Margin of the Northeastern United States Reveals Dynamic Habitats and Diverse Communities. PLOS ONE, 10(10): e0139904 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0139904

    Pawson, David L., Nizinski, Martha S., Ames, Cheryl Lewis and Pawson, Doris J. 2015. Deep-sea echinoids and holothurians (Echinodermata) near cold seeps and coral communities in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Bulletin of Marine Science, 91(2): 167-204. doi:10.5343/bms.2014.1064

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