TRACEY T. SUTTON, PH.D.
ADDRESS: DEPARTMENT OF MARINE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
HALMOS COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES and OCEANOGRAPHY, NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
81 research cruises, 34 as Chief Scientist, in the Gulf of Mexico, Sargasso Sea, NW Atlantic (Bear Seamount), mid-North Atlantic (Mid-Atlantic Ridge), SE Atlantic (Canary Islands to South Africa), Pacific (Monterey Bay), and Southern Ocean (Ross, Scotia and Weddell Seas). Have conducted sampling with large and small fish trawls, zooplankton samplers, HOVs (Johnson Sea-Link submersible), ROVs, and have collaborated closely with hydroacoustic projects.
I currently lead the Deep Pelagic Nekton Dynamics of the Gulf of Mexico Consortium and the NOAA Gulf of Mexico Offshore Nekton Sampling and Analysis Program.
Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography/Nova Southeastern University
• Ichthyology (OCMB 0999: Sutton): Focuses on the evolution, systematics, and biology of bony, cartilaginous and jawless fishes, both living and extinct. The anatomy of fishes is detailed, followed by a multi-lecture series treating the major lineages of fishes. Lab exercises involve anatomical study and taxonomy of extant fishes. Following systematic lectures key ecological aspects of fishes are examined, including trophic ecology, growth and reproduction, and community structure. These ecological elements are then traced back to the evolution of major lineages. Students will gain experience in field sampling techniques around the Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center in order to acquire fresh material for laboratory exercises.
• Know Your Oceans: Rivers to the Abyss. A synoptic look at aquatic ecosystems, from the distribution of water on Earth to the biology of marine ecosystems. This class will examine ecosystem structure from rivers to estuaries to continental shelves to the deep ocean.distribution of water on Earth to the biology of marine ecosystems. This class will examine ecosystem structure from rivers to estuaries to continental shelves to the deep ocean.
Nova Southeastern University Outreach Programs supported in Sutton Lab
• Oceanic Ecology Lab Internship Program (2016-pres): Undergraduate and graduate students learn oceanographic techniques while helping with DEEPEND consortium research. Currently there are two NSU HCNSO graduate students (D. Swack and N. Jackson) working in lab. Program alumnus: Eva Paulus (Barry University; Summer 2016).
• University School Science Research Mentorship Program (2015): Multi-week high school internship where exception students receive hands-on training and participate in lab research.
• St. Thomas University Science Internship Program (2014): Semester-long program where STU undergrads receive course credit for participating in laboratory research at the HCNSO Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center.
Virginia Institute of Marine Science / The College of William & Mary
•Ecology of Fishes (MSCI 672: Sutton) 3 credit lecture: The course is interdisciplinary, including such topics as: physical oceanography; biophysical coupling; phyto- and zooplankton dynamics; cladistics; vertebrate evolution; fish taxonomy, systematics, and phylogenetics; theoretical and applied (fisheries) ecology, with emphasis on marine animals; biodiversity; community (uni- and multivariate) analysis; experimental design; and technical writing (synthetic essay final).
•Deep-Sea Biology (MSCI 663: Vecchione). Lecturer: “Deep-Sea Fishes,” focusing on diversity, adaptations, and biogeography.
•Mechanistic Approach to Plankton Ecology (MSCI 698-02: Tang). Discussion Leader: “Structure and Function of Pelagic Food Webs.”
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution / Florida Atlantic University
- Biology of Marine Fishes (BSC 4930/6936: Sutton): 3 credit lecture, 1 credit lab. An overview of the classification, functional morphology, physiology, behavior, ecology, and evolutionary systematics of marine fishes. Field trips complement lecture and labs. Enrollment includes undergraduate and graduate students.
- Marine Biodiversity (Fish lectures and lab): ‘Introduction to vertebrates and fishes’
- FAU Lifelong Learning Program: ‘Know your Oceans: Rivers to the Abyss
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution Outreach Programs
- Lincoln Park Academy (FL) – Marine Functional Morphology and Diversity (lecture/lab)
- St. Mark’s Academy (FL) – Plankton, Deep-Sea Life, Seining Identification Lab
|Other Outreach Programs
|2017||Invited Speaker - NOAA Office of Exploration and Research "Surface to Seafloor" Workshop, Honolulu, HI|
|2016||Associate Member (Nominated Election), Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society|
|2015||Board of Governors Appointment – Amer. Soc. of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
Invited Speaker, Vetlesen Distinguished Lecture Series – University of Rhode Island
Invited Speaker, Texas A&M University Graduate Seminar Series
|2015-pres||Director and Principal Investigator – DEEPEND Research Consortium (Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative)|
|2014||Expert Panelist Appointment – United Nations First Ocean Assessment|
|2014-pres||Review Editor appointment – Frontiers in Marine Science|
|2013-pres||Steering Committee appointment – Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI)|
|2013||Invited Keynote Speaker – 2013 Fisheries Society of the British Isles Deep-Sea Fish Symposium, Glasgow, Scotland|
|2013-2015||Co-Principal Investigator (Invited) – Deep-Pelagic Conservation Working Group; Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative (with Malcolm Clark, NIWA)|
|2010-pres||Principal Investigator (Invited) – Offshore Fish and Nekton Sampling and Analysis Program; NOAA Office of Response and Restoration|
Professional Service Activities
• Elected Member, Board of Governors, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
• Expert Panelist, United Nations First Ocean Assessment
• Director, NOAA NRDA Offshore Nekton Sampling and Analysis Program
• Review Editor, Frontiers in Marine Science
• Co-Principal Investigator, Pelagic Nekton Working Group, international CoML field project MAR-ECO
• Gulf of Maine Area (GoMA) Census of Marine Life Slope and Seamount Expert Group Synthesis meeting Dec 2008, Centre for Marine Biodiversity, St. Andrews, New Foundland
• Invited review panelist: NSF Biological Oceanography Program