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Image of Cerithium koperbergi, Gastropod

Cerithium koperbergi Schepman 1907, from Panglao Island, Philippines

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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

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    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:
    Whelan, Nathan V. and Strong, Ellen E. 2016. Morphology, molecules and taxonomy: extreme incongruence in pleurocerids (Gastropoda, Cerithioidea, Pleuroceridae). Zoologica Scripta, 45(1): 62-87. doi:10.1111/zsc.12139

    Strong, Ellen E. and Bouchet, P. 2015. Case 3690: Alabina Dall, 1902 (Gastropoda, CERITHIOIDEA): proposed designation of the type species. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature, 72(3): 196-200.

    Cowie, Robert H., Hayes, Kenneth A. and Strong, Ellen E. 2015. Types of Ampullariidae (Mollusca: Gastropoda) in the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, with Lectotype Designations. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology, 645: 2-13. doi:10.5479/si.1943-6696.645

    Herrera, Nathanael D., ter Poorten, Jan Johan, Bieler, Rü, Mikkelsen, Paula M., Strong, Ellen E., Jablonski, David and Steppan, Scott J. 2015. Molecular phylogenetics and historical biogeography amid shifting continents in the cockles and giant clams (Bivalvia: Cardiidae). Molecular phylogenetics and evolution, 93: 94-106. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2015.07.013

    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, 174(3): 487-499. doi:10.1111/zoj.12250

    Hayes, Kenneth A., Burks, Romi L., Castro-Vazquez, Alfredo, Darby, Philip C., Heras, Horacio, Martín, Pablo R., Qiu, Jian-Wen, Thiengo, Silvana C., Vega, Israel A., Wada, Takashi, Yusa, Yoichi, Burela, Silvana, Cadierno, M. P., Cueto, Juan A., Dellagnola, Federico A., Dreon, Marcos S., Frassa, M. V., Giraud-Billoud, Maximiliano, Godoy, Martín S., Ituarte, Santiago, Koch, Eduardo, Matsukura, Keiichiro, Pasquevich, M. Y., Rodriguez, Cristian, Saveanu, Lucía, et al 2015. Insights from an Integrated View of the Biology of Apple Snails (Caenogastropoda: Ampullariidae). Malacologia, 58(1-2): 245-302. doi:10.4002/040.058.0209

    Galindo, L. A., Puillandre, N., Strong, Ellen 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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, João, 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

    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

    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

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