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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
National Systematics Lab

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    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:
    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Hoving, Hendrik J. T., Zeidberg, Louis D., Benfield, Mark C., Bush, Stephanie L., Robison, Bruce H. and Vecchione, Michael 2013. First in situ observations of the deep-sea squid Grimalditeuthis bonplandi reveal unique use of tentacles. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 280(1769) doi:10.1098/rspb.2013.1463

    Priede, Imants G., Bergstad, Odd Aksel, Miller, Peter I., Vecchione, Michael, Gebruk, Andrey, Falkenhaug, Tone, Billett, David S. M., Craig, Jessica, Dale, Andrew C., Shields, Mark A., Tilstone, Gavin H., Sutton, Tracey T., Gooday, Andrew J., Inall, Mark E., Jones, Daniel O. B., Martinez-Vicente, Victor, Menezes, Gui M., Niedzielski, Tomasz, Sigurosson, Porsteinn, Rothe, Nina, Rogacheva, Antonina, Alt, Claudia H. S., Brand, Timothy, Abell, Richard, Brierley, Andrew S., et al 2013. Does Presence of a Mid-Ocean Ridge Enhance Biomass and Biodiversity?. Plos One, 8(5): e61550 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0061550

    Hoving, H. J. T. and Vecchione, Michael 2012. Mating Behavior of a Deep-Sea Squid Revealed by in situ Videography and the Study of Archived Specimens. The Biological Bulletin, 223(3): 263-267.

    Guerra, Ángel, Portela, Julio M., Roura, Álvaro, Río, José,Luis del and Vecchione, Michael 2012. Morphological variability of the rare bush-club squid Batoteuthis (Cephalopoda, Batoteuthidae)?. Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie - Abhandlungen, 266(1): 77-83. doi:10.1127/0077-7749/2012/0267

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