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Thomas Shirley, Ph.D.

Department of Life Sciences

Photo of Thomas Shirley Dr. Thomas Shirley  
Professor Emeritus  
Office: HRI 314A  
Phone: (361) 825-2030  
Fax: (361) 825-2050  
Email: thomas.shirley@tamucc.edu  
     
Education
Ph.D. 1982, Louisianna State University (Zoology & Physiology)
M.S. 1974, Texas A&I University (Biology, Minor Geology)
B.S. 1969, Texas A&I University (Biology, Minor Chemistry)
   
   
   
   
Interests
Dr. Tom Shirley is a marine biologist and has published on the ecology and physiology of marine mammals, sea birds, fish, invertebrates, and also on pollution biology and conservation issues. He has described new species of invertebrates from around the world, including the Antarctic, the Arctic, Philippines, Mediterranean, Alaska, and the Gulf of Mexico. His recent research has addressed the ecology of commercially important crabs, distribution of invertebrates on WWII shipwrecks, seamount ecology, organisms associated with deep-sea corals, ecology and systematics of priapulid worms, and ecology of meiofauna.

“Biodiversity of decapod crustaceans of Saba Bank, Netherlands West Indies” funded by Netherlands Antilles Dept. of Environment and Nature; Saba Bank Foundation

“A massive and heterogeneous data repository for computing research” funded by NSF

“CAMEO: An integrative approach to managing the dewatering of estuaries” funded by NSF

“Online database on the biodiversity of the Gulf of Mexico” funded by Sloan Foundation

“Finding Coral: a study of assemblages on deep-water corals” funded by Living Oceans Society

“Mesophotic banks and reefs of the western Gulf of Mexico” funding pending