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Dr. Thomas C. Shirley (4 Nov. 2005)

Institution(s) / Organization(s):
Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI), Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC)

Dr. Tom 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.

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

Mailing Address:
Harte Research Institute
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
6300 Ocean Drive, Unit 5869
Corpus Christi , Texas 78412-5869
Telephone: +1 361-825-2030
Fax: +1 361-825-2050

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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

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