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image of the copepod Sapphirina auronitens

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

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Mike VecchioneNOAA, NMFS Adjunct Scientist

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    Smithsonian Institution
    PO Box 37012, MRC 153
    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, NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service National Systematics Laboratory


    University of Miami, B.S., 1972.
    College of William and Mary (Biological Oceanography), Ph.D., 1979.

    Recent Publications:
    Shea, Elizabeth K., Judkins, Heather, Staudinger, Michelle D., Dimkovikj, Valerie H., Lindgren, Annie and Vecchione, Michael 2017. Cephalopod biodiversity in the vicinity of Bear Seamount, western North Atlantic based on exploratory trawling from 2000 to 2014. Marine Biodiversity, 47(3): 699-722. doi:10.1007/s12526-017-0633-3

    Vecchione, Michael, Jorgensen, Elaina M. and Sakurai, Yasunori 2017. Editorial: recent advances in the knowledge of cephalopod biodiversity. Marine Biodiversity, 47(3): 619-620. doi:10.1007/s12526-017-0769-1

    Vecchione, Michael 2017. Notes on cephalopods photographed near the bottom in the Clipperton-Clarion Fracture Zone. Marine Biodiversity, 47(2): 307-310. doi:10.1007/s12526-016-0528-8

    Judkins, H., Vecchione, Michael, Cook, A. and Sutton, T. 2017. Diversity of midwater cephalopods in the northern Gulf of Mexico: comparison of two collecting methods. Marine Biodiversity, 47(3): 647-657. doi:10.1007/s12526-016-0597-8

    Strugnell, Jan M., Hall, Nathan E., Vecchione, Michael, Fuchs, Dirk and Allcock, A. L. 2017. Whole mitochondrial genome of the Ram's Horn Squid shines light on the phylogenetic position of the monotypic order Spirulida (Haeckel, 1896). Molecular phylogenetics and evolution, 109: 296-301. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2017.01.011

    Stabile, Frank A., Watkins-Colwell, Gregory, Moore, Jon A., Vecchione, Michael and Burtt, Edward H. 2017. Observations of Passerines and a Falcon from a Research Vessel in the Western North Atlantic Ocean. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, 129(2): 349-353. doi:10.1676/16-029.1

    Erickson, Carrie A., Roper, Clyde F. E. and Vecchione, Michael 2017. Variability of Paralarval-Squid Occurrence in Meter-Net Tows from East of Florida, USA. Southeastern Naturalist, 16(4): 629-642. doi:10.1656/058.016.0411

    Ingels, Jeroen, Clark, Malcolm R., Vecchione, Michael, Perez, Jose Angel and Levin, Lisa A. 2016. Southern Ocean. In: The First Global Integrated Marine Assessment, World Ocean Assessment I. New York: United Nations,() pp.729-748.

    Ingels, Jeroen, Clarke, M. R., Vecchione, Michael and Gaever, Van S. 2016. Open Ocean Deep Sea. In: The First Global Integrated Marine Assessment, World Ocean Assessment I. New York: United Nations,() pp.685-704.

    Jorgensen, L. L., Archambault, C., Armstrong, A., Dolgov, E., Edinger, T. and Vecchione, Michael 2016. Arctic marine biodiversity. In: The First Global Integrated Marine Assessment, World Ocean Assessment I. New York: United Nations,() pp.705-728.

    Purser, Autun, Marcon, Yann, Hoving, Henk-Jan T., Vecchione, Michael, Piatkowski, Uwe, Eason, Deborah, Bluhm, Hartmut and Boetius, Antje 2016. Association of deep-sea incirrate octopods with manganese crusts and nodule fields in the Pacific Ocean. Current Biology, 26(24): R1268-R1269. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2016.10.052

    Judkins, H. L., Vecchione, Michael and Rosario, K. 2016. Morphological and molecular evidence of Heteroteuthis dagamensis in the Gulf of Mexico. Bulletin of Marine Science, 92(1): 51-57. doi:10.5343/bms.2015.1061

    Roper, Clyde F. E., Gutierrez, A. and Vecchione, Michael 2015. Paralarval octopods of the Florida Current. Journal of Natural History, 49(21-24): 1281-1304. doi:10.1080/00222933.2013.802046

    Vecchione, Michael, Sosnowski, A. and Young, R. E. 2015. Walvisteuthis jeremiahi n. sp. (Mollusca: Cephalopoda), an onychoteuthid squid from the Gulf of Mexico. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 128(2): 164-175. doi:10.2988/0006-324X-128.2.164

    Vecchione, Michael, Falkenhaug, Tone, Sutton, Tracey, Cook, April, Gislason, Astthor, Hansen, Hege Øverbø, Heino, Mikko, Miller, Peter I., Piatkowski, Uwe, Porteiro, Filipe, Søiland, Henrik and Bergstad, Odd Aksel 2015. The effect of the North Atlantic Subpolar Front as a boundary in pelagic biogeography decreases with increasing depth and organism size. Progress in Oceanography, 138, Part A: 105-115. doi:10.1016/j.pocean.2015.08.006

    Strugnell, Jan M., Norman, Mark D., Vecchione, Michael, Guzik, Michelle and Allcock, A. Louise 2014. The ink sac clouds octopod evolutionary history. Hydrobiologia, 725(1): 215-235. doi:10.1007/s10750-013-1517-6

    Sweetman, C. J., Sutton, T. T., Vecchione, Michael and Latour, R. J. 2014. Diet composition of Bathylagus euryops (Osmeriformes: Bathylagidae) along the northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 92: 107-114. doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2014.06.010

    Vidal, Erica A. G., Vecchione, Michael and von Boletzky, Sigurd 2014. Dedication to Professor Malcolm R. Clarke (1930-2013). Hydrobiologia, 725(1): 1 doi:10.1007/s10750-013-1789-x

    Rocha, L. A., Aleixo, A., Allen, G., Almeda, F., Baldwin, Carole C., Barclay, M. V. L., Bates, J. M., Bauer, A. M., Benzoni, F., Berns, C. M., Berumen, M. L., Blackburn, D. C., Blum, S., Bolanos, F., Bowie, R. C. K., Britz, R., Brown, R. M., Cadena, C. D., Carpenter, K., Ceriaco, L. M., Chakrabarty, P., Chaves, G., Choat, J. H., Clements, K. D., Collette, Bruce B., et al 2014. Specimen collection: An essential tool. Science, 344(6186): 814-815. doi:10.1126/science.344.6186.814

    Harrop, Jessica, Vecchione, Michael and Felley, James D. 2014. In situ observations on behaviour of the ommastrephid squid genus Illex (Cephalopoda: Ommastrephidae) in the northwestern Atlantic. Journal of Natural History, 48(41-42): 2501-2516. doi:10.1080/00222933.2014.937367

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