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Dr. Timothy M. Shank
Curriculum Vitae


Education
1998 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Marine Ecology and Evolution  Ph.D.
1988 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Biology (German language minor) B.A.
1985 Goethe Institute of Boppard, West Germany GLS

 

Appointments
2012- present   Associate Scientist with Tenure, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA
2006- 2012       Associate Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA
2001- 2006       Assistant Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA
1999-2001        Postdoctoral Scholar, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA
1998-1999        Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University
1992-1998        Graduate/Research Assistant, Dept. of Ecology and Evolution, Rutgers University

Honors
• Devonshire Foundation Postdoctoral Scholarship (1999-2001)
• New species of chemosynthetic calanoid copepod named Grievella shanki (Ferrari & Markhaseva 2000)
• NOAA OceanAGE Award: Ocean Careers to Inspire Another Generation of Explorers (2005)

• Deep-Ocean Exploration Institute Fellow, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (2007 to 2011)

• National Oceanographic Partnership Program’s Annual “Excellence in Partnering Award” (2012)


Academic Service
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
• Ad hoc proposal review committee for Deep Ocean Exploration Institute, WHOI 2002 to 2010
• Deep-Submergence Science Advisory Committee, Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst. 2003 to present
• Advisory Board to the Deep-Ocean Exploration Institute, Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst. 2007 to 2010
• Hiring Committee Biology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 2008 to present
• Science Executive Committee, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 2009 to present
• Biology Departmental Seminar Series coordinator 2001 to 2003
• Work and Family Life Committee, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 2002 to 2004

 

National
• Panel of Experts, Gulf Oil Spill Trustees workshop, St. Petersburg, FL (invited) 2011
• Gulf of Mexico Information Transfer Meeting, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, 
 Regulation, & 2011
• Enforcement, New Orleans, LA (invited)
• Gulf of Mexico Coral Ecosystems Workshop, National Conservation Training Center, WV (invited) 2010
• Seamount Biogeosciences Network Workshop (co-convenor) La Jolla, CA 2010
• RIDGE 2000 Program Steering Committee 2009 to present
• Seamount Biogeosciences Network Workshop (co-convenor) La Jolla, CA 2009
• Integrated Studies Oversight Committee for the East Pacific Rise (Ridge2000 Program) 2008 to present
• NSF Marine Data Management Workshop, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Palasaides, NY 2006
• AUVSA Conference (WHOI; conference on AUVs) (co-convener), Woods Hole, MA 2006
• Seamounts BioGeosciences Network Meeting, San Diego, CA (invited speaker) 2006
• RIDGE2000 Community Progress and Planning Workshop (rapporteur). Vancouver, BC 2005
• The Next Generation of In-Situ Sensors in the Ocean (rapporteur) Woods Hole, MA 2004
• Marine Operations Committee, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 2003 to present
• GCG Genetic Analysis Software Workshop (organizer) Woods Hole, MA 2003
• Census of Marine Life, Seamount Ecosystems Workshop (invited co-organizer). Newport, OR 2003
• Invited Panelist, National Academy of Sciences, Future of US Deep-Submergence Committee 2003
• Invited Panelist, RIDGE 2000 Integrated Studies Workshop. Long Beach, CA 2002
• RIDGE2000 Integrated Studies Workshop (panelist). Long Beach, CA 2002
• American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting (session chair). San Francisco, CA 2002
• Dahlem Conference, Energy & Mass Flux In Hydrothermal Vent Systems. Berlin, Germany (invited) 2002
• United States Deep Submergence Science Committee, UNOLS (ex-officio 2004) 2001 to present
• Committee for the Marine Biological Laboratory Workshop on Molecular Evolution 2001 to 2005
• RIDGE2000 Exploratory Studies Workshop (co-convener). Nashville, TN 2001
• Workshop on Molecular Evolution (group leader), MBL. Woods Hole, MA 1995
• Co-founder/convener Annual Rutgers-Princeton Ecology and Evolution Symposium. Princeton, NJ 1994

 

International
• Invited delegate to “Think Tank” workshop on ‘Deep-Sea Coral Research to Enhance Conservation"
2011 Auckland, New Zealand
• International Network for Scientific Investigations of Deep-Sea Ecosystems (INDEEP) Committees  
• INDEEP Population Connectivity Working Group 2011 to present
• INDEEP Anthropogenic Impacts and Social Policy Working Group 2011 to present
• Conservation of Deep-Sea Chemosynthetic Ecosystems: Justification of and Considerations for a 2010
Spatially-Based Approach.

  Dinard, France (invited)         
• Contributor to the Encyclopedia of Life Project 2009 to present
• Created barcoding data exchange portal for seamount fauna (www.sba.whoi.edu)   2010
• Joint Commission on Science and Technology workshop, Wellington, NZ (invited delegate) 2010
• NOAA INDEX advisory and planning workshop for the 2010 field program, Honolulu, HI (invited) 2010
• NOAA INDEX advisory and planning workshop for the Okeanos Explorer, Jakarta, Indonesia 2009
• Co-convener of special session, Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Systems: New Knowledge from 2010
• New Discoveries and New Technology, Fall AGU
• Co-convener of special session dedicated to Integrated Studies at Oceanic Spreading Centers: 2010
• Linking Spreading Center Processes Across Disciplinary Boundaries
• NOAA Ocean Exploration Indonesia Exploration Partnership Advisory Group (INDEX)   2009 to present
• Trans-Atlantic Coral Ecosystem Study (TRACES) Pubilc Forum (convenor) Woods Hole, MA 2009
• Co-convener of special session, RIDGE2000 Integrated Studies, Fall AGU 2009
• Co-convener of special session, Submarine Volcanic Eruptions: Studies of Geological, Chemical,
  and Biological Processes, Fall AGU 2009
• Co-organizer of Seamounts BioGeosciences Network Workshop   2009
• Co-organizer of Trans-Atlantic Coral Ecosystem Study (TRACES) Workshop   2009
• Co-convener of special session, the Biodiversity of Chemosynthetic and Seamount Ecosystems, 2009
  World Conference on Marine Biodiversity, Valencia, Spain
• Ocean X Prize Scientific Advisory and Governing Boards 2008
• NOAA Ocean Exploration Advisory Working Group (OEAWG) 2008 to present
• Trans-Atlantic Coral Ecosystem Study (TRACES) Workshop, Wilmington, NC (section leader) 2008
• InterRidge Theoretical Institute on Biogeochemical Interactions on Mid-Ocean Ridges (invited speaker) 2007
• International Data Standardization Workshop for the Census of Marine life for Seamounts (invited) 2007
• Co-convener of special session on Inter-disciplinary Seamount Research, Fall AGU 2007
• Co-organizer special session on Seamounts European Marine Biology Symposium, Austria 2005 
• Co-convener of taxonomy and genetics in the 3rd International Deep-Sea Corals Symposium 2004 
• Barcoding of Life Committee for the Census of Marine Life, Liaison Seamount Ecosystems 2003 to 2010
• Steering Committee, Census of Marine Life, Seamount Ecosystems (CenSeam) 2003 to 2010
• Steering Committee, Census of Marine Life, Chemosynthetic Ecosystems 2002 to 2010
• Steering Committee, InterRidge Hydrothermal Vent Biology Working Group 2002 to 2007
• Co-organizer for the Arctic Technology Workshop. Monterey, CA 2002
• Developed web biological database of the Guaymas Basin hydrothermal vent region 2001

• Reviewed manuscripts for: Biological Bulletin, Cahiers de Biologie Marine, Conservation Genetics, Deep-Sea Research, Hydrobiologia, Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, Limnology and Oceanography, Limnology and Oceanography Methods, Marine Biology, Marine Biological Research, Marine Ecological Progress Series, Molecular Biology and Evolution, PLoS One, Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, Science, Systematic Biology, The Journal of Heredity, Zoological Science

Reviewed proposals for: NSF Biological Oceanography, NSF Population Dynamics, the Natural
Environment Research Council (UK), European Research Council, National Fund for Scientific & Technological Development (Chile), International Census of Marine Life Program

 

Invited Seminars

2000
• RIDGE 2000 Exploratory Studies Workshop, Nashville, TN (April)
• Ocean Science Writing Fellowship Program, Woods Hole, MA (July)
• NIEHS Microarray Center, Research Triangle Park, NC (September)
• RIDGE 2000 Integrated Studies Workshop, Dekalb, IL (October)
• Graduate College of Marine Studies, University of Delaware, Lewes, DE (November)

2001
• Dahlem Conference (Energy & Mass Transfer in Marine Hydrothermal Systems) Germany (October)
• Second International Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vent Symposium, Brest, France (October)
• Ocean Science Writing Fellowship Program (September)
• Boston University Marine Program (March)
• RIDGE2000 Exploratory Studies Workshop (February)
• Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (January)

2002
• Darwin Station, Puerto Ayora, Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos Islands (June)
• Presentation to Congressional Committees in Washington, DC for a 6500m replacement Alvin (July)
• Workshop to Promote the Development of Instrumentation for Arctic Ocean Exploration (October)
• Deep Submergence Science Committee (December)

2003
• Census of Marine Life for Chemosynthetic Communities Workshop (January)
• Smithsonian Institution Lecture Series (February)
• Southampton Oceanography Centre (March)
• Annual seminar to Ocean Science Writing Fellowship Program (April)
• National Academy of Sciences, Future of US Deep-Submergence Committee (June)
• Census of Marine Life for Seamounts (inaugural meeting) (August)
• New England Molecular Evolutionary Biologists Meeting (November)

2004
• American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (NOAA Ocean Explorers award) (January)  
• University of Rhode Island Biology Department (November)
• Deep Submergence Science Committee Meeting (May and December)

2005
• University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (February)
• Tufts University Biology Department (February)
• Coalition for National Science Funding's Annual Symposium (April)
• Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s 75th Anniversary Science Symposium (September)
• RIDGE2000 Community Progress and Planning Workshop (October)
• International Deep-Sea Coral Symposium, Miami FL (November)

2006
• Tropical Marine Science Institute of the National University of Singapore (January)
• New England Aquarium, Boston, MA (March)
• Ridge2000 Integrated Study Site (ISS) at the East Pacific Rise Workshop, Palasides NY (March)
• Cobalt-crusts and the Diversity and Distribution Patterns of Seamount Fauna, Jamaica (March)
• Biogeography and Diversity of Chemosynthetic Ecosystems Meeting, Barcelona, Spain (April)
• Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUVSA) Symposium (WHOI; conference on AUVs)(co-convener), Woods Hole, MA (June)
• Special session on mid-ocean ridge eruptions, AGU, San Francisco, CA (December)  

2007
• NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration Census of Marine Life Seminar Series (April)  
• International Data Standardization Workshop for Census of Marine life for Seamounts, UK (May)
• InterRidge Theoretical Institute, “Biogeochemical interactions at hydrothermal vents” (September)  
• Deep Submergence Science Meeting, San Francisco, CA (December)
• Special session on Arctic studies in the International Polar Year, AGU, San Fran., CA (December)  

2008
• Seamount Workshop, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, NS (January)
• TRACES (Trans-Atlantic Coral Ecosystem Study) Workshop North America (March)  
• Department of Marine Sciences, University of Connecticut (October)
• World Conference on Marine Biodiversity, Valencia, Spain (November)
• International Deep-Sea Coral Symposium, Wellington, NZ (December)(keynote)

2009
• Seamounts09 BioGeosciences Network Workshop, Scripps Institute of Oceanography (March)(keynote)
• At sea Education: Inter-Disciplinary Oceanography Course (course led by U. Washington) (March)
• DNA Barcoding of Marine Biodiversity and MarBOL Workshop (April; declined)
• Ridge 2000 Integrated Synthesis Workshop (October)
• AGU Fall meeting: Submarine Volcanic Eruptions: Studies of Geological, Chemical, and Biological
  Processes (December)

2010
• United States – New Zealand Joint Commission on Science and Technology, Wellington, NZ (January)
• Gulf of Mexico Coral Ecosystems Studies, MMS/USGS/NOAA Shepherdstown, WV (February)
• At Sea Education: Marine Biology & Evolution Course (at sea course led by Scripps) (March)
• Ocean Science Writing Fellowship Program (September)

2011
• Integrated Laboratory Systems, Inc., Research Triangle Park, NC (January)
• Deep-Water Coral BOEMRE Information Data Transfer Meeting, New Orleans, LA (March)
• Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology, Jakarta, Indonesia (April)
• At Sea Education: Marine Ecology of the Gulf of Mexico (at sea course) (May)

2012
• Genetics of coral ecosystem taxonomy and connectivity: status, gaps, and priorities. US-NZ Joint Commission Think Tank on Deep-Sea Coral   Ecosystems (Jan) Results of NOAA OER exploration: 2010-2012.

• American Society of Limnology and Oceanography Meeting, invited Town Hall presentation (Feb)
• Biodiversity in coral ecosystems from the deep Gulf of Mexico: potential impact of the Gulf oil
  spill on deep-sea coral ecosystems. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (April)
• Biodiversity in coral ecosystems from the deep Gulf of Mexico: coral symbiont relatconnectivity. International Deep-Sea Coral Symposium   (April)        
           
Selected Invited and Presented Abstracts

2001 (4 of 8)
•Extensive Genetic structure of hydrothermal vent populations: recent results via genomic fingerprinting. T.M. Shank and K.M. Halanych. Larvae At Ridge Vents (LARVE) Results Symposium. Salt Lake City, UT.

•Using more rapidly evolving markers to study phylogeographic patters in Atlantic vent shrimp. T.M. Shank and K.M. Halanych. Larvae At Ridge Vents (LARVE) Results Symposium. Salt Lake City, UT.

•Colonization and succession at deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Lutz, R.A and T.M. Shank. Larvae At Ridge Vents (LARVE) Results Symposium. Salt Lake City, UT.
•Biology of newly-discovered "AHA" hydrothermal vent fields near 1° 44'N on the East Pacific Rise axis. T.M. Shank, Fornari et al. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting. San Francisco, CA.

 

(4 of 15)
•Time-series studies of the biological, geological, and geochemical processes at the Rosebud and Calyfield hydrothermal vent fields at 86°W and 89.5°W on the Galápagos Rift. T.M. Shank, S. Hammond, D.J. Fornari, et al. American Geophysical Union, Fall meeting. San Francisco, CA.

•Time-series studies of faunal colonization and microhabitat structure at diffuse-flow hydrothermal vent sites near 9°50’N, East Pacific Rise. T.M. Shank, D.J. Fornari, D. Scheirer. RIDGE2000 Integrated Studies Workshop. Nashville, TN.

•Distribution and fatty acid composition of non-vent-endemic echinoderms at 9°N East Pacific Rise – implications for export of chemosynthetically derived organic matter to the deep sea benthos. C.A. Allen, R.A. Lutz, T.M. Shank. RIDGE 2000 Integrated Studies Workshop, Nashville, TN.
Evolution of chemosynthetic fauna. T.M. Shank.  Darwin Research Station, Port Ayora, Galápagos

 

2003 (4 of 10)
•Genetic structure of nascent biological communities from the Galápagos Rift vent fields.  T.M. Shank, Deep-Sea Biology Symposium. Coos Bay, OR.

•Submersible research in extreme environments using a novel light-tethered hybrid Remotely Operated Vehicle. A. Bowen, P. Fryer, T.M. Shank and M. Edwards. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting. San Francisco, CA.

•Evolutionary relationships of Lost City and Mid-Atlantic Ridge vent fauna. T.M. Shank. Biology Department Seminar. Woods Hole. MA.

•Time-series exploration and biological, geological, and geochemical characterization of the Rosebud andCalyfield hydrothermal vent fields at 86°W and 89.5°W on the Galápagos Rift. 

•T.M. Shank, S. Hammond, D.J. Fornari, R. Waller*, K. Ding, W. Seyfried, D. Butterfield, M. D. Lilley and M. Perfit. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting. San Francisco, CA.

 

2004 (6 of 10)
•RIDGE 2000 Integrated Studies: Patterns of hydrothermal ecosystem variation within Lau Basin. T.M. Shank, D.R. Yoerger, A. Bradley, D.J. Fornari Eos Trans. American Geophysical Union, 85(47).

•Macrofaunal characterization of peridotite-hosted ecosystems associated with the Lost City hydrothermal field. K.L. Buckman* and T.M. Shank.  Ridge2000 Mid-Atlantic Ridge Workshop. Providence, RI.

•Hydrothermal vent-endemic shrimp episymbiont diversity and distribution on the Mid-Atlantic and Central Indian Ridges. A.J. Fusaro*, Z.P. McKiness, C.M. Cavanaugh and T.M. Shan. Ridge2000 Mid-Atlantic Ridge Workshop. Providence, RI.

•Geographic and temporal genetic structure within Rimicaris exoculata along the Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge. D. Poehls and T.M. Shank. Ridge2000 Mid-Atlantic Ridge Workshop. Providence, RI.

•Hydrothermal ecosystems on the Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge. T.M. Shank. Ridge2000 Mid-Atlantic Ridge Workshop. Providence, RI.

•Exploring temporal and spatial patterns of community biodiversity in hydrothermal vent systems with recent
results from at 86°W and 89.5°W on the Galápagos Rift. T.M. Shank and A. L. Reysenbach. American
Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Ocean Sciences Meeting. Honolulu, HI.

 

2005 (9 of 15)
•Development of an in-situ electrochemical analyzer (ISEA) for deep-sea hydrothermal vent workT.S. Moore, T. Waite, T. Kraiya, J. Tsang, C. Janzen, G. Luther, D. Nuzio, B. Glazer and T.M. Shank. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Aquatic Sciences Meeting. Honolulu, HI.

•Multi-scale, multimodal AUV surveys for hydrothermal vent localization. M. Jakuba, D. Yoerger, A. Bradley, C. German, C. Langmuir and T.M. Shank. Unmanned Untethered Submersible Technology Conference. Durham, NH.

•Autonomous near-bottom photo surveys of hydrothermal vent sites. D. Yoerger, A. Bradley, M. Jakuba, T.M. Shank, C. German and C. Langmuir. Unmanned Untethered Submersible Technology Conference. Durham, NH.

•High-resolution sonar surveying at the R2K Integrated Studies Sites: Techniques and strategies for improved microbathymetric mapping. V.L. Ferrini, D. Fornari, T.M. Shank, D. Kelley and M.K. Tivey. RIDGE 2000 Community Progress and Planning Workshop. Vancouver, BC.

•Navigation of UNOLS national Deep Submergence Facility (NDSF) vehicles: Status report and guidelines for data acquisition. V.L. Ferrini, L. Whitcomb, J. Howland, D. Fornari, S. Carbotte, D. Kelley, T.M. Shank and M. Tivey. RIDGE 2000 Community Progress and Planning Workshop. Vancouver, BC.

•Hydrothermal exploration by robot: Novel use of the ABE autonomous underwater vehicle and in-situ sensors to locate new hydrothermal vents in the Pacific and Atlantic. C. German, D. Yoerger, M. Jakuba, A. Bradley, T.M. Shank, D. Connelly, R. Prien, L. Parson, C. Langmuir and K. Nakamura. RIDGE 2000 Community Progress and Planning Workshop. Vancouver, BC.
•Automated generation of geo-referenced mosaics from video data collected by deep-submergence vehicles: Preliminary results. S.A. Soule, Y. Rhzanov, S. Beaulieu, T.M. Shank, D. Fornari, L. Mayer, RIDGE 2000 Community Progress and Planning Workshop. Vancouver, BC.

•Time-series electrochemical analysis from the 9°N EPR vent sites. T.S. Moore, T. Waite, B. Glazer, D. Nuzzio, T.M. Shank and G. Luther. RIDGE 2000 Community Progress and Planning Workshop. Vancouver, BC.

•Integrative approaches to understanding the interaction of fluid chemistry and microbial biofilms on larval settlement on the East Pacific Rise. T.M. Shank, S. Beaulieu, G. Luther, W. Seyfried, K. Ding, C. Vetriani, S. Sievert and R.A. Lutz. RIDGE 2000 Community Progress and Planning Workshop. Vancouver, BC.

 

2006 (10 of 31)
•Composition of microbial communities associated with the tubeworm Riftia pachyptila on the Galápagos Rift. N. Ward, T. Schneider, K. Penn and T.M. Shank. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Ocean Sciences Meeting. Honolulu, HI.

•Toward a mechanistic understanding of larval dispersal: Insights from genomic fingerprinting of deep-sea hydrothermal vent populations. T.M. Shank. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Ocean Sciences Meeting. Honolulu, HI.

•Preliminary characterization of vent sites and evolutionary relationships of vent fauna on the Southern Atlantic Ridge. T.M. Shank Biogeography and Diversity of Chemosynthetic Ecosystems Meeting, Barcelona, Spain

•Seamount Genetics: Enabling the understanding of biodiversity, connectivity, evolution, and endemism.  T.M. Shank, Cobalt-crusts and the Diversity and Distribution Patterns of Seamount Fauna Meeting, International Seabed Authority, Jamaica.

•An introduction to questions and approaches in deep-sea coral genetics. T.M. Shank International Deep-Sea Corals Symposium, Miami, Florida.

•Initial biological, chemical, and geological observations after the 2005-6 volcanic eruption on the East Pacific Rise. T.M. Shank, B. Govenar*, K. Buckman*, D.J. Fornari, S.A. Soule, G.W. Luther III, R.A. Lutz, C. Vetriani, M. Tolstoy, J.P. Cowen, K.L. Von Damm. AGU Fall Meeting.

•New frontiers in arctic exploration: Autonomous location and sampling of hydrothermal vents under
the ice at Earth's slowest spreading ridge (IPY Project 173). Edmonds, H.N., R. Reves-Sohn, H. Singh, T.M. Shank, S. Humphris, J. Seewald, D. Akin, W. Bach, Y. Nogi, R. Pedersen (2006) Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA.

•Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) and towed-vehicle technologies for under-ice hydrothermal vent studies at the Gakkel Ridge. Singh, H., D. Akin, R. Reves-Sohn, S. Humphris, T.M.Shank and H.>Edmonds. Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA.

•Forecasting and characterizing the recent eruption at 9°50'N on the East Pacific Rise using ocean bottom seismometers. M. Tolstoy, J.P. Cowen, E.Baker, D.J.Fornari, K.H. Rubin, T.M. Shank, F.>Waldhauser, D.R.Bohnenstiehl, D.Forsyth, R.C.>Holmes, B.>Love, M.R.>Perfit and  R.T. Weekly (2006) Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA.
•Anthropogenic impacts on the Corner Rise Seamounts, NW Atlantic. R.G. Waller*, L. Watling, P. Auster and T.M. Shank (2006) Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA.

 

2007 (4 of 17)
•The chemistry of diffuse-flow vent on the Galápagos Rift (86°W): Temporal variability and subseafloor phase equilibria controls. N.J. Pester, D.A. Butterfield, D.I.  Foustoukos, K.K. Roe, K. Ding, T.M. Shank and W.E. Seyfried, Jr.  Goldschmidt Conference (Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 71(15S) pp.A780).

•Succession: ecological processes structuring vent communities over time. T.M. Shank, InterRidge Theoretical Institute. Woods Hole, MA, September.

•Global data standardization on seamounts. T.M. Shank International Data Standardization Workshop for the Census of Marine life for Seamounts, CenSeam Workshop, Devon UK.

•A Global Census of Marine Life on Seamounts: developing a global baseline and synthesis of seamount biodiversity for scientific understanding and the management and conservation of seamount resources. T.M. Shank NOAA Office of Exploration, Silver Spring, MD.

 

2008 (5 of 10)
•Interaction of fluid chemistry and microbial biofilms on larval settlement at hydrothermal vetns on the East Pacific Rise and the Galápagos Rift. T.M. Shank Ocean Sciences Meeting, Orlando FL.

•Spatial and temporal genetic connectivity of a deep-sea hydrothermal vent siboglinid tubeworm, Riftia pachyptila. A. Fusaro* and T.M. Shank Ocean Sciences Meeting, Orlando, FL.
•Exploring mechanisms of species coexistence through molecular identification of gut contents in hydrothermal vent gastropods. B. Govenar* and T.M. Shank, Ocean Sciences Meeting, Orlando, FL.

•Genetic Connectivity of Cold-Water Coral Associates Inhabiting Seamounts of the North Atlantic. T.M.
Shank, International Deep-Water Coral Symposium, Wellington, NZ.

•Bacterial diets of primary consumers at hydrothermal vents. B. Govenar* and T.M. Shank, Fall AGU,
San Francisco, CA.

 

2009 (5 of 8)
•Connectivity and conservation of Atlantic cold-water coral ecosystems. T.M. Shank, Trans-Atlantic Coral Ecosystem Study (TRACES) Pubilc Forum. Woods Hole, MA.

•Seamount Laboratories – Understanding Connectivity, Evolution, and Endemism. T.M. Shank, SBN Seamounts 09 Workshop, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA.

•Abiotic and biotic controls on biological community structure on mid-ocean ridges- integrated datasets linked in time and space. T.M. Shank, RIDGE2000 Integration Meeting, St. Louis, Mo.

•Cold-Water Corals: WHOI: Challenging early paradigms and informing conservation. T.M. Shank, WHOI Trustees meeting, Woods Hole, MA.

•Impacts of volcanic eruptions and disturbances on biological communities. T.M. Shank, Fall AGU, San Francisco, CA.

 

2010 (6 of 10)
•Connectivity of cold-water coral ecosystems. T.M. Shank, United States – New Zealand Joint Commission on Science and Technology, Wellington, NZ.

•Combined stable isotope analysis and molecular identification of gut contents reveal different sources of local primary production at hydrothermal vents. B. Govenar* and T.M. Shank,

•AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting, Portland, OR.

•Genetic connectivity of the cold-water coral-dependent deep-sea polychaete Gorgoniapolynoe caeciliae among North Atlantic seamounts. E.K. Bors* and T.M. Shank, AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting, Portland, OR.

•Methodological advances in ancient DNA techniques for cold-water corals: utility for phylogenetic studies. R. Waller*, C. Matheson, M. Taviani, T.M. Shank, J. Adkins, L. Robinson. Deep-Sea Biology Symposium, Raykjavik, Iceland.

•Octocorals and their associated fauna- distribution and biogeography. T.M. Shank, Workshop on Gulf of Mexico Coral Ecosystems Studies MMS/USGS/NOAA Shepherdstown, WV.

•Connectivity and conservation of deep-sea chemosynthetic ecosystems.  T.M. Shank, Workshop on Conservation of Deep-Sea Chemosynthetic Ecosystems Justification of and Considerations for a Spatially Based Approach. Dinard, France.

 

2011 (7 of 7)
•Deep-water communities of the Gulf of Mexico and impacts of the Deepwater Horizon “Oil Spill”. T.M. Shank, Integrated Laboratory Systems, Inc., Research Triangle Park, NC.

•Lophelia II: Coral Associates of the Gulf of Mexico. T.M. Shank and W. *Cho, BOEMRE Information Transfer Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

•Deep-Ocean Technology for Research and Exploration. T.M. Shank, Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology, Jakarta, Indonesia.

•Deep-Sea Biology of the Gulf of Mexico and the Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon “Oil Spill”. T.M. Shank, Clarke Middle School, Lexington, MA.

•Assessing the potential impact of the Gulf oil spill on deep-sea coral ecosystems. T.M. Shank, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA.

•Status of our understanding of hard-bottom coral associate species in deep water. T.M. Shank, National Resource Damage Assessment Panel of Experts Meeting, St. Petersburg, FL.

•Assessing the potential impact of the Gulf oil spill on deep-sea coral ecosystems. T.M. Shank, Massachusetts Marine Educators Association.

 

2012 (3 of 6)
•Genetics of coral ecosystem taxonomy and connectivity: status, gaps, and priorities.  T.M. Shank, US-NZ Joint Commission Think Tank on Deep-Sea Coral Ecosystem

•Results of NOAA OER exploration: 2010-2012. T.M. Shank, American Society of Limnology and Oceanography Meeting, invited Town Hall presentation

•Biodiversity in coral ecosystems from the deep Gulf of Mexico: potential impact of the Gulf oil spill on deep-sea coral ecosystems. T.M. Shank, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts


Publications
(Publications)

 

Scientific Expeditions
More than 50 scientific expeditions (6 as Chief or Co-chief Scientist) to deep-sea hydrothermal vents, hydrocarbon seeps, continental slopes, and seamounts in the Eastern Pacific, Northern Atlantic, Sea of Cortez, Northeast Pacific, Southeast Pacific, and Central Indian Ocean, including more than 50 submersible dives, 20 remotely operated vehicle days, and 40 autonomous underwater vehicle dives.

 

Academic Teaching

•Biological Oceanography Fall 2001 MIT/WHOI graduate course 7.47, Guest Lecturer

•Marine Invertebrate Zoology  Spring 2002 MIT/WHOI graduate course 7.435, Guest Lecturer
•Molecular Biological Oceanography: Genomic Approaches in Marine Science Spring 2003

•MIT/WHOI graduate course 7.437, Co-Instructor
•Applied Marine Population GeneticsSpring 2004 MIT/WHOI graduate course 7.531, Instructor

•Inter-Disciplinary Oceanography  Spring 2008 Univ. of Washington at sea graduate course, Project advisor and Lecturer           

•Biological Oceanography  Spring 2010 Scripps Institution of Oceanography at sea graduate course, Lecturer                       

 

Academic Advising and Mentoring

Undergraduate and High School students

            Sarah Ann Bennett             Hathaway Brown High School, Bowling Green, OH
            Eleanor Bors                       Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
            Sara L’Heureux                   University of Delaware, Lewes, DE
            Genna Laurino                    Georgian Court College, Lakewood, NJ
            Corey Oberlander               Falmouth High School, Falmouth, MA
            Carl Spielvogel                    Clarke Middle School, Lexington, MA
            Alexander Sull                     Brown University, Providence, RI
            John Swartz                        University of Pittsburgh, PA
            Elizabeth Sibert                  University of California at Santa Barbara, CA
            Catriona Munro                   University College of London, UK           
            Will Hallisey                        Greenwich High School, CT

 

Graduate StudentsPrimary Advisor

Abigail Fusaro                Ph.D. student (2002- 2008) WHOI/MIT Joint Program
Walter Cho                    Ph.D. student (2002- 2008) WHOI/MIT Joint Program
Kate Buckman                Ph.D. student (2003- 2009) WHOI/MIT Joint Program
Santiago Herrera           Ph.D. student (2009- present) WHOI/MIT Joint Program
Eleanor Bors                  Ph.D. student (2010- present) WHOI/MIT Joint Program Committee Member

Diane Adams                 Ph.D. student (2001- 2007) WHOI/MIT Joint Program
Andrew Reed                 Ph.D. student (2001- 2008) Rutgers University
Robert Jennings             Ph.D. student (2002- 2005) WHOI/MIT Joint Program
Thomas Moore               Ph.D. student (2003- 2009) University of Delaware
Andrea Quattrini            Ph.D. student (2010- present) Temple University

 

Advisor, The Joint Universities Summer Teaching Laboratory (JUSTL) Program
Kiyu Ming                      Ph.D. student (2008) The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Sharon Wu Tsu Huen      Ph.D. student (2009) The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Stella Chan Sze Wai       Ph.D. student (2011) The Chinese University of Hong Kong

 

Post-doctorates

Dr. Amy Baco-Taylor     Post-doctoral Scholar (2002-2004), Visiting Investigator (2004- 2007)
Dr. Rhian Waller            Post-doctoral Investigator/Fellow (2004- 2007)
Dr. Breea Govenar        Post-doctoral Investigator/Fellow (2005- 2010)
Dr. Walter Cho              Post-doctoral Investigator (2008- present)

Dr. Kate Buckman        Post-doctoral Investigator (2009- present)

 

Guest Investigators
            Dr. Jess Adkins                 California Institute of Technology, CA
            Dr. Scott France               College of Charleston, SC
            Dr. Jon Moore                   Florida Atlantic University, FL
            Dr. Daniel Scheirer           US Geological Survey, CA
            Dr. Thomas Shirley           University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK
            Dr. Marco Taviani              Instituto di Scienze Marine, Bologna, Italy

 

Highlighted Outreach

2001   

Consultant, the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) and the Simex Corporation, theBBH’s Extreme Deep Museum Exhibit.

 

2002   

Galápagos research featured in a National Geographic Television 6 part series Research featured in “Wild Moments” (children’s television program)
Research featured in Discover magazine (Sept); National Public Radio’s weekend edition
Consultant to the American Museum of Natural History’s Deep-Sea Exhibit.
Co-developed high-school and undergraduate educational CD on the 25th Anniversary of the Discovery of Hydrothermal Vents
Co-developed web-based biological learning module for Dive and Discover web portal

 

2003

Co-editor, children’s book: “Journey to Undersea Gardens”, Celebration Press; popular description of scientific results from the Galápagos Rift 2002 expedition

Developed educational curricula for “Learning Ocean Science through Ocean Exploration” (in collaboration with Paul Keener-Chavis and NOAA; Community Ecology and Sampling) Participated in Extreme 2003 interactive education web portal with the Univ. of Delaware

Coordinated GCG Genetic Analysis Workshop in Woods Hole

Designed biological education curricula for NOAA classroom outreach program

Research featured in Science (v296:p1965), Harvard Magazine, New York Times, Astrobiology Web, and Korean Broadcasting Ocean Series television program
NOAA, NSF, and WHOI expedition web portals with daily cruise/research updates; and featured in several television programs for the Discovery Channel, BBC, Korean Broadcasting Ocean Series, National Geographic and USA network.
Lost City hydrothermal vent research featured on University of Washington & NSF web portals

 

2004

Created web-based survey, “Survey of Future Needs and Upgrades for Deep Submergence Biological Research” to obtain input and feedback from the science community on the future needs for biological research (for the new Alvin submersible and Jason II overhaul in 2005)
(http://www.surveymonkey.com/MySurveys.asp?Rnd=0.4924977).
Annual elementary and middle school presentations (e.g., science classes at Clarke Middle School, Lexington MA and Falmouth MA as well as hosting these classes with education modules at WHOI)

Co-developed and implemented the SEAS (RIDGE2000 education) Program; (proposal reviewer; conducted student seafloor experiments with interactive internet and classroom visits).

 

2005

Participated in inaugural launching of the Census of Marine Life for Chemosynthetic Ecosystems expeditionary web portal
Implemented the SEAS (RIDGE2000 education) Program (proposal reviewer; conductedstudent experiments on the seafloor with interactive internet and classroom visits)

Spotlighted SEAS Program scientist for 2005
Operated Dive and Discover education web portal for “Return to Galápagos Rift” expedition
Research featured in Marine Scientist journal (European)
Research featured in first NOAA OE “telepresence” technology expedition to Lost City


2006  

Participated in inaugural launching of RIDGE2000 “Classroom to Sea” web-based curriculum
Developed Podcast for the Deep-Ocean Exploration Institute at WHOI
NOAA, NSF, and WHOI expedition web portals with daily cruise/research updates
NOAA workshop presentations to marine educators at the New England Aquarium
Science consultant to Jeopardy (game show) program


2007

Continued annual elementary and middle school presentations (8 in 2007)
Designed hands on curricula between students and scientists as part of the “From Local to Extreme Environments” (FLEXE), a GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit
the Environment: connecting the next generation of scientists) Program for the study of the

deep ocean.

Research featured in more than 15 major print, web, and television news and science outlets, including Science, Nature News, NPR, and BBC News.

 

2008

Developed genetic educational modules for understanding basics of DNA and the application to
understanding the evolution of adaptations in the deep sea (invited from NOAA).
Hosted elementary and Middle School classrooms for hands on laboratory experience
Co-developed educational web portal featuring 30 years of discoveries in hydrothermal vent systems for the 30th Anniversary of the Discovery of Hydrothermal Vents

Researched featured in “Oceans: What Lies Beneath” (BBC Radio series)

 

2009

Co-convened Seamounts 09 Workshop, Exploration, Biogeosciences, and Fisheries (Scripps)
Gakkel and Astrobiology research program on PBS’s Nova Science Now TV and web programs
Marianas Research program featured in international broadcast of “Dive to the Bottom of the World” the Science Channel/Discovery Channel
Marianas research program featured in more 30 major print, web, and television outlets
Hydrothermal vent research program featured in national NHK broadcast in Japan Ocean Geographic Article
Panel member for Press Conference on the discovery of West Mata erupting volcano, Fall AGU
Creatures of the Abyss (Bishop museum exhibit contributor, featuring interviews)
Researched featured: “How the Earth was Made: Deepest Places on Earth” (History Channel)

 

2010

Co-edited a Special Issue volume on Seamounts in the Journal of Oceanography
Panel member for Press Conference on the 50th Anniversary of Trieste, National Press Club, DC
Research featured in more than 15 major print, web, and television news and science outlets, including several features in The Economist, Nature News, NSF and NOAA media press

 

2011

Research featured in more than 30 major print, web, and television news and science outlets, focused on chemosynthetic ecosystems, trench biology, and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill response, deep-water findings and impacts.

 

2012

Research featured in more than 35 major print, web, and television news and science outlets, including Nature and Science (Hadal Ecosystems Studies and Hydrothermal Vent Metapopulation Dynamics)
Research featured in dedicated exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
(Film produced by the History Channel).