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Dr. Annette Govindarajan
Research Associate III

Contact Information

Mailing Address
Redfield Laboratory, Room 2-30
Mailstop #33
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543



Google Scholar Profile


Ph.D. Biological Oceanography, Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program, 2004

M.S. Biological Oceanography, University of Connecticut, 1994


B.S. Biology, Honors Program, University of Connecticut, 1992

Research interests

Evolution, ecology, species diversity, and biogeography of marine invertebrates, especially hydrozoans, thaliaceans, and barnacles; Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.



Govindarajan A.F., Pineda J, Purcell M & Breier JA. Submitted. Species and stage – specific barnacle larval distributions obtained from AUV sampling and genetic analysis in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, USA. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology.


Sehein T, Siuda A, Shank TM & Govindarajan A.F. 2014. Connectivity in the slender Sargassum shrimp (Latreutes fucorum): implications for a Sargasso Sea protected area. Journal of Plankton Research: doi: 10.1093/plankt/fbu081.

Hsing Pen-Yean, Fu, B., Berlet, S., Larcom, E., Shank, T.M., Govindarajan A.F., Lukäsiewicz, Dixon, P. & Fisher, C. 2013. Lasting impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to a deep Gulf of Mexico coral community. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene. 1: 000012 doi: 10.12952/journal.elementa.000012

Lindner A., A.F. Govindarajan & A.E. Migotto (2011) Cryptic species, life cycles, and the phylogeny of Clytia (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa: Campanulariidae). Zootaxa 2980:23-36.


Govindarajan A.F., A. Bucklin, & L.P. Madin (2011) A molecular phylogeny of the Thaliacea. J Plankton Research, 33(6): 833-841. (Featured article)


Adamik P., S.M. Gallager, E Horgan, L.P. Madin, W.R. McGillis, A. Govindarajan & P. Alatalo (2006) Effects of turbulence on the feeding rate of a pelagic predator: The planktonic hydroid Clytia gracilis. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 333: 159-165


Govindarajan A.F., F. Boero & K.M. Halanych (2006) Phylogenetic analysis with multiple markers indicates a repeated loss of the adult medusa stage in Campanulariidae (Hydrozoa, Cnidaria). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 38: 820-834.


Govindarajan A.F., S. Piraino, C. Gravili & S. Kubota (2005) Species identification of bivalve-inhabiting marine hydrozoans of the genus Eugymnanthea. Invertebrate Biology, 124: 1-10


Govindarajan A.F., K.M. Halanych & C.W. Cunningham (2005) Mitochondrial evolution and phylogeography in the hydrozoan Obelia geniculata. Marine Biology, 146: 213-222


Wonham M.J., W.C. Walton, G.M. Ruiz, A.M. Frese & B.S Galil (2001) Going to the source: role of the invasion pathway in determining potential invaders. Marine Ecology Progress Series 215: 1-12


Whitlatch R.B., R.W. Osman, A. Frese, R. Malatesta, P. Mitchell & L. Sedgwick (1995) The ecology of two introduced marine ascidians and their effects on epifaunal organisms in Long Island Sound. Proceedings of the Northeast conference on non-indigenous aquatic nuisance species, pp. 29-48