Curator Profile: Elizabeth 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.

For Science Friday’s Cephalopod week in 2017, Dr. Shea was interviewed for the short film, The Giant Squid’s Biggest Mystery.

Recent Publications:

2020   

Shea EK, Stadler J and Lindgren A.  Brachioteuthis beanii in the Northwest Atlantic.  Bulletin of Marine Science 96(2): 309-322.  https://doi.org/10.5343/bms.2019.0073

2019   

Staudinger MD, Dimkovikj VH, France CAM, Jorgensen E, Judkins H, Lindgren A, Shea EK and M Vecchione. 2019. Trophic ecology of the deep-sea cephalopod assemblage near Bear Seamount in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 629:67-86. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps13121

Golikov, A.V., Ceia, F.R., Sabirov, R.M. Ablett JD, Gleadall IG, Gudmundsson G, Hoving HJ, Judkins H, Palsson J, Reid AL, Rosas-Luis R, Shea EK, Schwarz R and Xavier JC. The first global deep-sea stable isotope assessment reveals the unique trophic ecology of Vampire Squid Vampyroteuthis infernalis (Cephalopoda). Sci Rep 9, 19099 (2019) doi:10.1038/s41598-019-55719-1

2018   

Krumm JL, Perkowski EA, Mecouch KE, Woods JL, Shea EK, Goraya I, and Tran T. 2018.  Teaching and mentoring across boundaries: a collaboration between 10 students, 3 mentors, 2 institutions, and 1 global data set.  Perspectives on Undergraduate Research and Mentoring Special Issue: Mentoring Undergraduate Research in Global Contexts. 7.1:1-10.

Shea, E.K., Sierwald, P., Bieler, R., Rosenberg, G.  Priorities and Opportunities for Digitizing Mollusk Collections. American Malacological Bulletin 36(2),  DOI: 10.4003/006.036.0201

Sierwald, P, Bieler, R., Shea, E.K. and Rosenberg, G.  Mobilizing Mollusks: Status Update on Mollusk Collections in the U.S.A. and CanadaAmerican Malacological Bulletin 36(2) . DOI: 10.4003/006.036.0202

Shea, E.K. et al. Dumbo octopod hatchling provides insight into early cirrate life cycle. Current BiologyDOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2018.01.032

2017

Shea, E.K., Judkins, H., Staudinger, M.D. et al. Cephalopod biodiversity in the vicinity of Bear Seamount, western North Atlantic based on exploratory trawling from 2000 to 2014Marine Biodiversity. 47: 699.  DOI: 10.1007/s12526-017-0633-3

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.

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

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.