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Cheryl L Morrison

Researcher
Hydrology
The U.S. Geological Survey
United States Virgin Islands

Biography

Dr. Morrison is a research geneticist at the USGS Leetown Science Center, National Fish Health Research Laboratory in Leetown, WV. Her research involves the application of conservation genetics and genomics techniques to species at risk. Dr. Morrison has worked on a variety of species at risk from aquatic habitats such as freshwater rivers (Atlantic salmon, darters and mussels), deep-sea corals and associated invertebrates (such as squat lobsters), and cold seep habitats (mussels). Ongoing studies include: invasion genetics of giant African land snails; bioassay development to determine sub-lethal stress in corals; and high throughput sequencing to examine the molecular evolution of a herpesvirus that affects sea turtles.

Research Interest

population genetics molecular systematics biodiversity phylogeography conservation genetics

Publications

  • Colony defense, division of labor, and productivity in the eusocial shrimp Synalpheus regalis: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology Duffy, J.E., Morrison. C.L., and Macdonald, K., 2002, Colony defense, division of labor, and productivity in the eusocial shrimp Synalpheus regalis: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology v. 51, p. 488-495.

  • Mitochondrial gene rearrangements confirm parallel evolution of the crab-like form: Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Morrison, C.L., Harvey, A.W., Lavery, S., Tieu, K., Huang, Y., and Cunningham, C.W., 2002, Mitochondrial gene rearrangements confirm parallel evolution of the crab-like form: Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B v. 269, no. 1489, p. 345-350. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2001.1886

  • Multiple origins of eusociality among sponge-dwelling shrimps (Synalpheus) Duffy, J.E., Morrison, C.L., and Rios, R., 2000, Multiple origins of eusociality among sponge-dwelling shrimps (Synalpheus): Evolution v. 54, no 2, p. 503-516.

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