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Dr. Thomas C. Shirley
Institution(s) / Organization(s):
Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI), Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC)
Dr. Tom Shirley is Professor Emeritus of Marine Biology at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi.
Dr. Shirley became the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) second Endowed Chair in July, 2005. Dr. Shirley has had a productive career conducting research and participating in graduate education in the marine sciences. Dr. Shirley has published extensively and more than 20 graduate students have received their degrees with him as their advisor. Dr. Shirley has described new species of invertebrates from different phyla from around the world, including the Arctic, Antarctic, Gulf of Mexico, Mediterranean, Philippines, and Alaska. He has been the principal investigator on 11 manned submersible research projects, has participated in >40 research cruises, and has extensive scuba, sub and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) experience. Most recently Dr. Shirley has been exploring assemblages of animals on deep sea corals and seamounts in the Gulf of Alaska and Hawaiian Islands using the DSV PISCES V and DSV Alvin to depths >3000 m. Dr. Shirley is a boating and fishing enthusiast, and enjoys birding, hiking and exploring remote wildernesses.
Relevant to the biota of the Gulf of Mexico, Dr. Shirley has published the following:
Pawson, D. L., and T. C. Shirley. 1977. Occurrence of the subgenus Holothuria (Holothuria) in the Gulf of Mexico (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 90: 915ľ920.
Shirley, T. C. 2009. Priapulida of the Gulf of Mexico, Pp. 1125ľ1126 in Felder, D.L. and D.K. Camp (eds.), Gulf of MexicoľOrigins, Waters, and Biota. Biodiversity. Texas A&M Press, College Station, Texas.
Shirley, T. C. 2009. Loricifera of the Gulf of Mexico, Pp. 1127ľ1128 in Felder, D.L. and D.K. Camp (eds.), Gulf of MexicoľOrigins, Waters, and Biota. Biodiversity. Texas A&M Press, College Station, Texas.
Shirley, T. C. 2009. Kinorhyncha of the Gulf of Mexico, Pp. 1129ľ1132 in Felder, D.L. and D.K. Camp (eds.), Gulf of MexicoľOrigins, Waters, and Biota. Biodiversity. Texas A&M Press, College Station, Texas.
Ph.D. in Zoology & Physiology, Minor in Marine Sciences, Louisiana State University, Louisiana, U.S.A., 1982
M.S. in Biology, Minor in Geology, Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M University-Kingsville), Kingsville, Texas, U.S.A., 1974
B.S. in Biology, Minor in Chemistry, Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M University-Kingsville), Kingsville, Texas, U.S.A., 1969
Area of Expertise / Interest:
Marine Biodiversity; Ecology; Systematics
Home Page URL: http://www.harteresearchinstitute.org/dr-shirley-thomas
Links to Projects or Publications:
Gulf of Mexico Origin, Waters, and Biota: Biodiversity
Biodiversity of the Gulf of Mexico (BioGoMx) Database
Keywords: Biodiversity, Invertebrate zoology, Taxonomy, Systematics, Deep sea coral, Crustacean, Gulf of Mexico biota researcher, BioGoMx references, Echinoderms, Priapulida, Loricifera, Kinorhyncha
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