Project Manager

 

April Cook (M.S., 2012)
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Position:
Research Scientist, Project Manager for DEEPEND

Education:
2012 M.S. Marine Science, College of William & Mary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)

2000 B.S. Marine Science, Coastal Carolina University

Research Interests:
I am currently the Project Manager for the DEEPEND Consortium (www.deependconsortium.org), which is a three year project funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative. As Project Manager, I organize field sampling activities, administrate program subawards, and organize consortium meetings and reporting activities. I also serves as a Research Scientist, assisting with deep-sea fish identification and distributional analyses. My main area of interest focuses on a group of deep-sea fishes called the swallowerfishes from the family Chiasmodontidae. Their common name reflects their ability to swallow prey larger than themselves as shown in this image. My current work on this family focuses on the taxonomy, distribution, diet, and reproduction of the species collected from the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Publications:
Tracey T. Sutton, April B. Cook, Jon A. Moore, R. David Wells, Lacey Malarky: Vertical ecology of the deep Gulf of Mexico, a high-diversity pelagic ecosystem, after Deepwater Horizon. Submitted.

Katie Bowen, Tracey T. Sutton, April B. Cook, Jon Moore: Connectivity of coastal and ceanic ecosystems: pelagic habitat use by juvenile reef fishes in the Gulf of MexicoSubmitted.

Heather Judkins, Michael Vecchione, April B. Cook, Tracey T. Sutton: Diversity of midwater cephalopods in the northern Gulf of Mexico: comparison of two collecting methods. Submitted.

T.J. Kenchington, R.  Benjamin, M.  Best, A.  Cogswell, A.  Cook, S.  DeVaney, C.  Lirette, B.  MacDonald, K.  MacIssac, P. Mallam, T.  McIntyre, A.  McMillan, H.  Moors-Murphy, G.  Morton, L.  Paon, S.  Roach, E.  Shea, D.  Themelis, E.L.R. Kenchington: Field Methods of the 2008, 2009 and 2010 Surveys of Meso-and Bathypelagic Micronekton in the Gully. Submitted.

Michael Vecchione, Tone Falkenhaug, Tracey Sutton, April Cook, Astthor Gislason, Hege Øverbø Hansen, Mikko Heino, Peter I. Miller, Uwe Piatkowski, Filipe Porteiro, Henrik Søiland, Odd Aksel Bergstad: The effect of the North Atlantic Subpolar Front as a boundary in pelagic biogeography decreases with increasing depth and organism size. Progress In Oceanography 09/2015; 138. DOI:10.1016/j.pocean.2015.08.006

April B. Cook
, Tracey T. Sutton, John K. Galbraith, Michael Vecchione: Deep-pelagic (0–3000 m) fish assemblage structure over the Mid-Atlantic Ridge in the area of the Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone. Deep Sea Research Part II Topical Studies in Oceanography 12/2013; 98:279–291. DOI:10.1016/j.dsr2.2012.09.003

 

 

Research Associates and Graduate Students 

 

Rosanna Milligan (Ph.D., 2015)
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Position:
Postdoc, DEEPEND Research Scientist

Education:
2015 Ph.D. Marine Ecology, University of Glasgow, UK

2008 MSc. Parasitology, University of Glasgow, UK
2006 MSci. Aquatic Bioscience, University of Glasgow, UK

Research Interests:
My research background lies in analyzing the effects of natural and anthropogenic drivers (including fisheries and oil production) on benthic marine communities, in ecosystems ranging from temperate coastal waters to the deep sea. Within the DEEPEND project, I will primarily be working for Prof. Tracey Sutton as a data analyst to examine spatial and temporal changes in the pelagic populations and communities of the Gulf of Mexico and identify their possible drivers.
 

Publications:
Milligan, R.J., Morris, K.J., Bett, B.J., Durden, J.M., Jones, D.O.B., Robert, K., Ruhl, H.A., Bailey, D.M. (2016). High resolution study of the spatial distributions of abyssal fishes by autonomous underwater vehicle. Scientific Reports 6 (26095). DOI: 10.1038/srep26095.

Milligan, R.J., Spence, G., Roberts, J.M., Bailey, D.M. (2016). Fish communities associated with cold-water coral habitats vary with depth and habitat type. Deep Sea Research Part 1: Oceanographic Research Papers, 114: 43-54.

Elliott, S.A.M., Milligan, R.J., Heath, M.R., Turrell, W.R., Bailey, D.M. (Accepted). Disentangling habitat concepts for demersal marine fish management. Oceanogr Mar Biol.

Clarke, J. Bailey, D.M., Milligan, R.J., Neat, F.C. (2015). Drawing a line under deep-sea fishing: A scientific basis for regulation by depth. Curr. Biol. 25(18): 2425-2429

Stentifod, G.D., Albalat, A., Milligan, R.J., Bailey, N., Neil, D.M. (2015). The effect of parasitic infection by Hematodinium sp. on the cessation of swimming and subsequent recovery in the Norway lobster, Nephrops norvegicus (L.). J Crustacean Biol 35(1): 1-10

Morris, K.J., Bett, B.J., Durden, J.M., Huvenne, V.A.I., Milligan, R.J., Jones, D.O.B., McPhail, S., Robert, K., Bailey, D.M., Ruhl, H.A. (2014). A new method for ecological surveying of the abyss using autonomous underwater vehicle photography. Limnol Oceanogr-Meth 12: 795 – 809

Henry, L.A., Vad, J., Findlay, H.S., Murillo, J., Milligan, R., Roberts, J.M. (2014). Environmental variability and biodiversity of megabenthos on the Hebrides Terrace Seamount (Northeast Atlantic). Sci Rep 4 (5589): 1-10

Vardaro, M.F., Bagley, P.M., Bailey, D.M., Bett, B.J., Jones, D.O.B., Milligan, R.J., Priede, I.M., Risien, C.M., Rowe, G.T., Ruhl, H.A., Sangolay, B.B., Smith, K.L., Walls, A., Clarke, J. (2013). A southeast Atlantic deep-ocean observatory: first experiences and results. Limnol Oceanogr-Meth 11: 304-315

Milligan, R.J., Albalat, A., Atkinson, R.J.A., Neil, D.M. (2009). The effects of trawling on the physical condition of the Norway lobster Nephrops norvegicus in relation to seasonal cycles in the Clyde Sea area. ICES J Mar Sci 66(13): 488-494.

 

Vanda Carmo (M.S.)

Position/Major:
Ph.D. candidate at the University of the Azores
Marine Biology

Publications:
Carmo, V., Sutton, T., Menezes, G., Falkenhaug, T., & Bergstad, O. A. (2015). Feeding ecology of the Stomiiformes (Pisces) of the northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge. 1. The Sternoptychidae and Phosichthyidae. Progress in Oceanography, 130, 172-187.

 

Carmo, V., Santos, M., Menezes, G. M., Loureiro, C. M., Lambardi, P., & Martins, A. (2013). Variability of zooplankton communities at Condor seamount and surrounding areas, Azores (NE Atlantic). Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 98, 63-74.

Santos, M., Moita, M. T., Bashmachnikov, I., Menezes, G. M., Carmo, V., Loureiro, C. M., Mendonça, A., Silva, A.F., & Martins, A. (2013). Phytoplankton variability and oceanographic conditions at Condor seamount, Azores (NE Atlantic). Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 98, 52-62.

Michael Novotny
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Position/Major:
Research Assistant, DEEPEND Consortium
M.S. Marine Biology

Education:
2012 B.S. Dual Major: Biology and Marine Science, with a minor in Chemistry, University of Tampa, FL

Research Interests:
I am interested in understanding the structure of marine ecosystems and how the biotic and abiotic processes shape these communities.  I am particularly attracted to food web ecology and trophic linkages of an ecosystem.  For my thesis I will be looking at the food web dynamics of the major species found in the bathypelagic zone of the northern Gulf of Mexico.

 

 

Nina Pruzinsky
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Position/Major:
Research Assistant, DEEPEND Consortium
M.S. Marine Biology

Education:
2015 B.S. Environmental Science with minors in Marine Science and Spanish, University of Delaware

Research Interests:
I am interested in researching poorly studied species/communities because my goal is to provide information to the public and conservation management efforts in order to help maintain populations and overall large ecosystems. For my thesis, I am examining the abundance and distribution of larval and juvenile tunas (Family: Scombridae) in the northern Gulf of Mexico from 2010 to 2017. My thesis will generate a better understanding of the baseline population of the early life stages of scombrids in the northern Gulf. Moreover, since the Gulf of Mexico is a major spawning area for tuna, it is crucial to investigate the population dynamics of their early life stages in the area affected by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Before starting at NSU, I interned in Dr. Mark Warner’s Algal Physiology Research Lab at the University of Delaware where I studied the growth patterns of various coral symbiodinium.

 


Kristian Ramkissoon

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Position/Major:
Research Assistant
M.S. Marine Biology

Education:
2014 B.A. Marine Biology, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL

Research Interests:
My primary interests include Fisheries Science, Deep-Sea Ecology, and Ichthyology. Prior to working in the Sutton lab, I worked in Bimini assessing the population ecology of Negaprion brevirostris within the islands nursery habitats as a collaborative researcher for Rollins College. I am currently researching the vertical distribution of a number of Gonostomatid species within the Gulf of Mexico.

 


 

 

Matthew Woodstock
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Position/Major:
Research Assistant
M.S. Marine Biology

Education:
2015 B.S. Ecology, Evolution and Behavioral Biology, Beloit College

Research Interests:
I am interested in the trophic relationships of deep-sea organisms and how populations interact to create a community. I am especially interested in the diel vertical migrations of many deep-sea fish that allow them to be transporters from the surface water to the deep. My thesis project will attempt to connect the parasite fauna of select fish species to their stomach contents. Previously, I worked as a Chief Scientist for the Coastal Marine Education and Research Academy where we tagged sharks and rays in an effort to understand more about population sizes and age structure of elasmobranch populations near Tarpon Springs, Florida.