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Dr Horton, Tammy
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My research focus is the taxonomy and ecology of deep-sea scavenging amphipods from the superfamily Lysianassoidea. As a taxonomist I have a keen interest in the advances in modern methods of taxonomic databasing, interactive web-based keys and digital illustration. I also retain more than a passing interest in fish parasitology and in particular studies of Cymothoid isopods following my PhD, studying the taxonomy, ecology and pathology of cymothoid isopods in both wild and farmed fish. I have been employed as a researcher on a variety of deep-sea biodiversity projects at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, since 2001. I am also the manager of the Discovery Collections, a unique collection of deep-sea samples held partly at NOC and partly at the Natural History Museum in London. I play an active role in WoRMS as the chief taxonomic editor of the World Amphipoda Database ( and the World Register of Deep-Sea Species (WoRDSS I have been a member of the Steering Committee, since 2012 and took on the position of Chair in 2016. I recognise the global significance of the WoRMS database and am keen to see continued improvements in standardisation and ease of use for both taxonomic editors and users.

Taxonomic terms: Cymothoidae Leach, 1814 [WoRMS]; Lysianassoidea Dana, 1849 [WoRMS]

Institutes (2)  Top | Institutes | Publications | Project | Datasets 
  • University of Southampton; National Oceanography Centre, Southampton; Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems (OBE), more
  • Function: Researcher DEEPSEAS Benthic Biology Group
    Direct contact at institute:
    Tel.: +44-(0)2380-59 63 52
    Fax: +44-(0)2380-59 63 47
  • WoRMS Editorial Board (WoRMS editors), more
  • Function: Chief taxonomic editor
Horton, Tammy

Previous institute  Top | Institutes | Publications | Project | Datasets 
    WoRMS Steering Committee (SC), more From 2019
    Function: chair
    Period: till Sep 2022

Project  Top | Institutes | Publications | Project | Datasets 
  • Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning - EU Network of Excellence

Datasets (4)  Top | Institutes | Publications | Project | Datasets 
  • Clarion-Clipperton Zone Species Checklist, more
  • ERMS 2.0: European Register of Marine Species version 2, more
  • WAD: World Amphipoda Database, more
  • WoRDSS: World Register of Deep-Sea Species, more

Publications (31)  Top | Institutes | Publications | Project | Datasets 
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Books (2) [show]
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Other publications (3) [show]

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