Research Areas


An NSF collaboration to study connectivity between
Cold Methane Seeps in the Western Atlantic

  • Cunningham Lab (Duke Campus)/Van Dover Lab (Duke Marine Lab)Next Gen Sequencing to infer directionality of dispersal between seeps
  • Craig Young/Svetlana Maslokova- Oregon Institute of Marine BiologyMOCNESS larval trapping and barcoding to identify where deep sea larvae can be found
  • Ruoying He/David Eggleston- NC StateParameterizing and designing 3D ocean circulation models



(Coordinating Research On the North Atlantic)

An NSF research coordination network to study the trans-Atlantic biota

  • Coordinating trans-Atlantic phylogeographic projects and tissue collection across all taxa
  • Compiling a virtual handbook of trans-Atlantic species found in Europe and North America
  • Coordinating comparative ecological trans-Atlantic studies between European, Canadian, Icelandic, and American scientists
  • Synthesizing our knowledge of biogeographic histories of North Atlantic Species with paleontological and oceanographical data
  • Synthesizing long-term benthic ecological sampling with long-term oceanographic data


Arthropod Phylogenomics

  • Goal of 100 nuclear protein coding genes from 85 arthropod taxa
  • Multiple origins of the crab-like form


Hydrozoan PEET Project

  • Revising the Hydractiniidae, Stylasteriidae and Campanulariidae
  • A bibliographical database for Hydrozoan Taxonomy
  • The Hydrozoan Sequencing Project

Evaluating Phylogenetic and
Population Genetic Methods

  • 6-parameter Parsimony
  • Ancestral State Reconstruction
  • Experimental Population Genetics