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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Department of Invertebrate Zoology

Image of Cerithium koperbergi, Gastropod

Cerithium koperbergi Schepman 1907, from Panglao Island, Philippines

bar Image of Ellen Strong

Ellen E. StrongResearch Zoologist

  • Phone: 202-633-1742
  • Fax: 202-633-0182
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  • Mailing Address:
    Smithsonian Institution
    PO Box 37012, MRC 163
    Washington, DC 20013-7012

  • Courier Delivery Address:
    Smithsonian Institution
    National Museum of Natural History
    10th and Constitution Ave, NW
    Washington, DC 20560-0163

    Responsibilities: Research Zoologist, Curator of Mollusca

    B.A. (Honors), University of California, Berkeley, California, 1991.
    Ph.D., The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., 2000.

    Research Interests:

    Anatomy-Homology-Phylogeny of Caenogastropoda using morphology and molecules-Phylogeny and Systematics of Cerithioidea using morphology and molecules-Invasion of freshwater-Miniaturization

    Recent Publications:
    Vogler, Roberto E., Beltramino, Ariel A., Strong, Ellen E., Peso, Juana G. and Rumi, Alejandra 2015. A phylogeographical perspective on the ex situ conservation of Aylacostoma (Thiaridae, Gastropoda) from the High Paraná River (Argentina–Paraguay). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, doi:10.1111/zoj.12250

    Bieler, Ruediger, Mikkelsen, Paula M., Collins, Timothy M., Glover, Emily A., Gonzalez, Vanessa L., Graf, Daniel L., Harper, Elizabeth M., Healy, John, Kawauchi, Gisele Y., Sharma, Prashant P., Staubach, Sid, Strong, Ellen E., Taylor, John D., Temkin, Ilya, Zardus, John D., Clark, Stephanie, Guzman, Alejandra, McIntyre, Erin, Sharp, Paul and Giribet, Gonzalo 2014. Investigating the Bivalve Tree of Life - an exemplar-based approach combining molecular and novel morphological characters. Invertebrate Systematics, 28(1): 32-115. doi:10.1071/IS13010

    Whelan, Nathan V. and Strong, Ellen E. 2014. Seasonal reproductive anatomy and sperm storage in pleurocerid gastropods (Cerithioidea: Pleuroceridae). Canadian Journal of Zoology, 92(12): 989-995. doi:10.1139/cjz-2014-0165

    Galindo, L. A., Puillandre, N., Strong, E. E. and Bouchet, P. 2014. Using microwaves to prepare gastropods for DNA barcoding. Molecular Ecology Resources, 14(4): 700-705. doi:10.1111/1755-0998.12231

    Johnson, Paul D., Bogan, Arthur E., Brown, Kenneth M., Burkhead, Noel M., Cordeiro, James R., Garner, Jeffrey T., Hartfield, Paul D., Lepitzki, Dwayne A. W., Mackie, Gerry L., Pip, Eva, Tarpley, Thomas A., Tiemann, Jeremy S., Whelan, Nathan V. and Strong, Ellen E. 2013. Conservation Status of Freshwater Gastropods of Canada and the United States. Fisheries, 38(6): 247-282. doi:10.1080/03632415.2013.785396

    Schloeder, Carmen, Canning-Clode, Joao, Saltonstall, Kristin, Strong, Ellen E., Ruiz, Gregory M. and Torchin, Mark E. 2013. The Pacific bivalve Anomia peruviana in the Atlantic: a recent invasion across the Panama Canal?. Aquatic Invasions, 8(4): 443-448. doi:10.3391/ai.2013.8.4.08

    Tëmkin, Ilya and Strong, Ellen E. 2013. New Insights on Stomach Anatomy of Carnivorous Bivalves. Journal of Molluscan Studies, 79(4): 332-339. doi:10.1093/mollus/eyt031

    Strong, Ellen E. and Bouchet, Philippe 2013. Cryptic yet colorful: anatomy and relationships of a new genus of Cerithiidae (Caenogastropoda, Cerithioidea) from coral reef drop-offs. Invertebrate Biology, 132(4): 326-351. doi:10.1111/ivb.12031

    Hayes, Kenneth A., Cowie, Robert H., Thiengo, Silvana C. and Strong, Ellen E. 2012. Comparing apples with apples: clarifying the identities of two highly invasive Neotropical Ampullariidae (Caenogastropoda). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 166(4): 723-753. doi:10.1111/j.1096-3642.2012.00867.x

    Kantor, Yuri I., Strong, Ellen E. and Puillandre, Nicolas 2012. A new lineage of conoidea (gastropoda: neogastropoda) revealed by morphological and molecular data. Journal of Molluscan Studies, 78(3): 246-255. doi:10.1093/mollus/eys007

    Churchill, Celia K. C., Foighil, Diarmaid Ó., Strong, Ellen E. and Gittenberger, Adriaan 2011. Correspondence: Females floated first in bubble-rafting snails. Current Biology, 21(19): R802-R803. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2011.08.011

    Strong, Ellen E. 2011. More than a gut feeling: utility of midgut anatomy in phylogeny of the Cerithioidea (Mollusca: Caenogastropoda). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 162(3): 585-630. doi:10.1111/j.1096-3642.2010.00687.x

    Churchill, Celia K. C., Strong, Ellen E. and Ó Foighil, Diarmaid 2011. Hitchhiking juveniles in the rare neustonic gastropod Recluzia cf. jehennei ( Janthinidae). Journal of Molluscan Studies, 77(4): 441-444. doi:10.1093/mollus/eyr020

    Strong, Ellen E., Colgan, Donald J., Healy, John M., Lydeard, Charles, Ponder, Winston F. and Glaubrecht, Matthias 2011. Phylogeny of the gastropod superfamily Cerithioidea using morphology and molecules. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 162(1): 43-89. doi:10.1111/j.1096-3642.2010.00670.x

    Gomez, Maria I., Strong, Ellen E. and Glaubrecht, Matthias 2011. Redescription and Anatomy of the Viviparous Freshwater Gastropod Hemisinus lineolatus (W. Wood, 1828) from Jamaica (Cerithioidea, Thiaridae). Malacologia, 53(2): 229-250. doi:10.4002/040.053.0203

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