Curator Profile 2017-07-12T23:55:41+00:00

CURATOR PROFILE

Liz Shea, Ph.D.

Curator of Mollusks
eshea@delmnh.org
302-658-9111, ext. 319

  • National Research Council Post-Doc, NOAA’s National Systematics Lab, Washington D.C.
  • Ph.D. Bryn Mawr College 2004.
  • M.A. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary 1995.
  • B.S. College of William and Mary, 1989.

Dr. Shea joined the Collections and Research division as Curator of Mollusks in 2006. She is interested in all aspects of cephalopod biology, especially their ecology, taxonomy and systematics. As a graduate student, she studied the early life history of oceanic squids. Since her post-doc, she has shifted focus to understanding the cephalopod biodiversity of deep sea canyons and seamounts. She has worked with Canada’s Bedford Institute of Oceanography’s Ecosystems Research Division to explore and collect specimens from the Gully Marine Protected Area, and is currently participating in NOAA’s Deep Sea Coral Expeditions.

In late August 2016, Dr. Shea took part in an expedition studying the Carolina Canyons off the coast of North Carolina through NOAA. She was featured in their “Before they were scientists” series and wrote “Cephalopods: Photobombing Deep-sea Corals” for the expedition’s website.

Recent Publications:

  • 2015. Roper, C.F.E. et al. A compilation of recent records of the Giant Squid, Architeuthis dux Steenstrup, 1857 (Cephalopoda) from the Western  North Atlantic Ocean, Newfoundland to the Gulf of Mexico with a worldwide nomenclatural review.  American Malacological Bulletin. 33(1): 78 – 88.
  • 2014. Xavier, J.C.C et al. Future problems in cephalopod research. Journal of Marine Biological Society of the UK.
  • 2014. Kenchinton, T.J.,et al. Field Methods of the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Surveys of Meso-and Bathypelagic Micronekton in The Gully. Canadian Technical Report of  Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 3076: iv + 73p.
  • 2013 Roper, C.F.E.and E.K. Shea. Unanswered questions about the giant squid, Architeuthis illustrate our incomplete knowledge of coleoid cephalopods. American Malacological Bulletin. 31(1):109-122.
  • 2010 Kelly, N.E., E.K. Shea, A. Metaxas, R.L. Haedrich, P.J. Auster. Biodiversity of the deep-sea continential margin bordering the Gulf of Maine (NW Atlantic): Relationships among physiographic sub-regions and to shelf systems. PLos ONE5(11):e13832. doi10.1371/journal.pone.0013832
  • 2010. Shea, E.K. and M. Vecchione. Ontogenic changes in diel vertical migration patterns compared with known allometric changes in three mesopelagic squid species suggest an expanded definition of paralarva. ICES Journal of Marine Science 67(7):1436-1443.