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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Department of Invertebrate Zoology

image of the copepod Sapphirina auronitens

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

bar photo of Mike Vecchione

Mike VecchioneNOAA, NMFS Adjunct Scientist
National Systematics Lab

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    Smithsonian Institution
    PO Box 37012, MRC 153
    Washington, DC 20013-7012

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    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:
    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

    Rocha, L. A., Aleixo, A., Allen, G., Almeda, F., Baldwin, C. 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, B. 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

    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

    Roper, Clyde F. E., Gutierrez, A. and Vecchione, Michael 2013. Paralarval octopods of the Florida Current. Journal of Natural History, doi:10.1080/00222933.2013.802046

    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

    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

    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.

    Strugnell, J. M., Cherel, Y., Cooke, I. R., Gleadall, I. G., Hochberg, F. G., Ibanez, C. M., Jorgensen, E., Laptikhovsky, V. V., Linse, K., Norman, M., Vecchione, Michael, Voight, J. R. and Allcock, A. L. 2011. The Southern Ocean: Source and Sink?. Deep-Sea Research Part II-Topical Studies in Oceanography, 58(1-2): 196-204. doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2010.05.015

    Judkins, Heather L., Vecchione, Michael, Roper, Clyde F. E. and Torres, Joseph 2010. Cephalopod species richness in the wider Caribbean region. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 67(7): 1392-1400.

    Shea, Elizabeth K. and Vecchione, Michael 2010. Ontogenic changes in diel vertical migration patterns compared with known allometric changes in three mesopelagic squid species suggest an expanded definition of a paralarva. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 67(7): 1436-1443.

    Vecchione, Michael, Young, Richard E. and Piatkowski, Uwe 2010. Cephalopods of the northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Marine Biology Research, 6(1): 25-52. doi:10.1080/17451000902810751

    Ramirez-Llodra, E., Brandt, A., Danovaro, R., De Mol, B., Escobar, E., German, C. R., Levin, L. A., Arbizu, P. Martinez, Menot, L., Buhl-Mortensen, P., Narayanaswamy, B. E., Smith, C. R., Tittensor, D. P., Tyler, P. A., Vanreusel, A. and Vecchione, Michael 2010. Deep, diverse and definitely different: unique attributes of the world's largest ecosystem. Biogeosciences, 7(9): 2851-2899. doi:10.5194/bg-7-2851-2010

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