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Prof. Boxshall, Geoff
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My main research focus is the systematics and biology of copepods, with special emphasis on parasitic and planktonic forms. I am interested in the adoption of parasitism which has happened in at least 10 separate lineages in copepods and they exploit almost every other phylum as hosts from Porifera to chordates. I find that WoRMS is enormously useful when I need to get up-to-date host nomenclature. I believe that there is robust evidence from host-specificity and from biogeography that allows us to look at the relative importance of co-evolutionary versus colonization events in determining host-parasite relationships. I am involved in the preparation of an interactive web-based key for the identification of sea lice (family Caligidae). These copepods are one of the major health problems for farmed fish worldwide. I am also interested in the colonization of marine and anchialine caves by crustaceans. These habitats seem to serve as refuges for basal representatives of numerous lineages and I have been studying the basal radiation of the Calanoida prior to their conquest of the open ocean pelagic zone.

I have been employed as a researcher at the Natural History Museum, London since 1974. I am also the Secretary of the Zoological Society of London, and I currently serve as a Trustee on the Board of SAHFOS, the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science.

Taxonomic terms: Branchiura [WoRMS]; Copepoda [WoRMS]; Mystacocarida [WoRMS]; Tantulocarida [WoRMS]

Institutes (2)  Top | Institutes | Publications | Projects | Datasets 
  • Natural History Museum; Department of Zoology, more
  • Function: Merit Researcher, Invertebrates Division
    Direct contact at institute:
    Tel.: +44-(0)20-7942 57 49
    Fax: +44-(0)207-942 54 33
  • WoRMS Editorial Board (WoRMS editors), more
  • Function: Taxonomic editor

Previous institute  Top | Institutes | Publications | Projects | Datasets 
    WoRMS Steering Committee (SC), more From 2013
    Function: chair
    Period: till 22nd Aug 2016

Projects (3)  Top | Institutes | Publications | Projects | Datasets 
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem function under changing climatic conditions - the Arctic as a model system
  • Bringing biogeographical data online
  • Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning - EU Network of Excellence

Datasets (9)  Top | Institutes | Publications | Projects | Datasets 
  • ERMS 2.0: European Register of Marine Species version 2, more
  • Personal Decapoda distribution Database for Europe, more
  • WoRCS: World Register of marine Cave Species, more
  • World List of Bochusacea, more
  • World List of Brachypoda, more
  • World List of Merostomata, more
  • World List of Mystacocarida, more
  • World List of Tantulocarida, more
  • World of Copepods, more

Publications (83)  Top | Institutes | Publications | Projects | Datasets 
A1 Publications (38) [show]
Peer reviewed publications (11) [show]
Books (5) [show]
Book chapters (15) [show]
Abstracts (3) [show]
Report [show]
Other publications (10) [show]

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