Dr Tammy Horton

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Taxonomy and biodiversity in the deep sea

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Dr Tammy Horton

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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 at NOCs – a unique collection of deep-sea samples. My research focus is the taxonomy, biogeography and biodiversity of deep-sea amphipods. As a part of this work I am revising some of the problem genera and species within the 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.

Membership of Committees and Boards

I sit on the Steering Committee for the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS), I am an editor for the Amphipoda and Isopoda (ERMS) and also for the World Register of Deep-Sea Species.

I referee for numerous journals including Deep-Sea Research, Acta Adriatica, Cybium, Systematic Parasitology, Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, Phuket Marine Research Centre Bulletin, Organisms and Biodiversity, Zoosystema, Zootaxa.

Member of Porcupine Marine Natural History Society for which I am also a council memeber and website officer.  Member of the Marine Biological Association of the UK, Marine Conservation Society, Royal College of Science.

Latest Publications for Dr Tammy Horton

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McClain, Craig R.; Barry, James P.; Eernisse, Douglas; Horton, Tammy; Judge, Jenna; Kakui, Keiichi; Mah, Christopher L.; Warén, Anders. 2016 Multiple processes generate productivity–diversity relationships in experimental wood-fall communities. Ecology, 97 (4). 885-898. 10.1890/15-1669.1

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Durden, Jennifer M.; Bett, Brian J.; Horton, Tammy; Serpell-Stevens, Amanda; Morris, Kirsty J.; Billett, David S.M.; Ruhl, Henry A.. 2016 Improving the estimation of deep-sea megabenthos biomass: dimension to wet weight conversions for abyssal invertebrates. Marine Ecology Progress Series. (In Press)

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Horton, Tammy; Blazewicz-Paszkowycz, Magdelena; Staples, David A.; Bird, Graham J.. 2015 A collection of taxonomic studies commemorating Roger N. Bamber 1949-2015). Foreword. Zootaxa, 3995 (1). 5-19. 10.11646/zootaxa.3995.1.3

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Amon, Diva J.; Copley, Jonathan T.; Dahlgren, Thomas G.; Horton, Tammy; Kemp, Kirsty M.; Rogers, Alex D.; Glover, Adrian G.. 2015 Observations of fauna attending wood and bone deployments from two seamounts on the Southwest Indian Ridge. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography. 10.1016/j.dsr2.2015.07.003 (In Press)

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Bellini, Nicola; Cox, Martin J.; Harper, Danielle J.; Stott, Sebastian R.; Ashok, Praveen C.; Dholakia, Kishan; Kawaguchi, So; King, Robert; Horton, Tammy; Brown, Christian T. A.. 2014 The Application of Optical Coherence Tomography to Image Subsurface Tissue Structure of Antarctic Krill Euphausia superba. PLoS ONE, 9 (10). e110367. 10.1371/journal.pone.0110367

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Corrigan, Laura J.; Horton, Tammy; Fotherby, Heather; White, Thomas A.; Hoelzel, A. Rus. 2014 Adaptive Evolution of Deep-Sea Amphipods from the Superfamily Lysiassanoidea in the North Atlantic. Evolutionary Biology, 41 (1). 154-165. 10.1007/s11692-013-9255-2

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Duffy, Grant A.; Horton, Tammy; Sheader, Martin; Thurston, Michael H.. 2013 Population structure of Abyssorchomene abyssorum () (Amphipoda: Lysianassoidea), a scavenging amphipod from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge in the vicinity of the Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 98. 360-369. 10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.02.004

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Horton, Tammy; Thurston, Michael H.; Duffy, Grant A.. 2013 Community composition of scavenging amphipods at bathyal depths on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 98. 352-359. 10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.01.032

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Cousins, N.J.; Horton, T.; Wigham, B.D.; Bagley, P.M.. 2013 Abyssal scavenging demersal fauna at two areas of contrasting productivity on the Subantarctic Crozet Plateau, southern Indian Ocean. African Journal of Marine Science, 35 (2). 299-306. 10.2989/1814232X.2013.802747

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Priede, Imants G.; Bergstad, Odd Aksel; Miller, Peter I.; Vecchione, Michael; Gebruk, Andrey; Falkenhaug, Tone; Billett, David S.M.; Craig, Jessica; Dale, Andrew C.; Shields, Mark A.; Tilstone, Gavin H.; Sutton, Tracey T.; Gooday, Andrew J.; Inall, Mark E.; Jones, Daniel O.B.; Martinez-Vicente, Victor; Menezes, Gui M.; Niedzielski, Tomasz; Sigurðsson, Þorsteinn; Rothe, Nina; Rogacheva, Antonina; Alt, Claudia H. S.; Brand, Timothy; Abell, Richard; Brierley, Andrew S.; Cousins, Nicola J.; Crockard, Deborah; Hoelzel, A. Rus; Høines, Åge; Letessier, Tom B.; Read, Jane F.; Shimmield, Tracy; Cox, Martin J.; Galbraith, John K.; Gordon, John D. M.; Horton, Tammy; Neat, Francis; Lorance, Pascal. 2013 Does Presence of a Mid-Ocean Ridge Enhance Biomass and Biodiversity? PLoS ONE, 8 (5). e61550. 10.1371/journal.pone.0061550

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Priede, Imants G., Bergstad, Odd Aksel, Miller, Peter I., Vecchione, Michael, Gebruk, Andrey, Falkenhaug, Tone, Billett, David S.M., Craig, Jessica, Dale, Andrew C., Shields, Mark A., Tilstone, Gavin H., Sutton, Tracey T., Gooday, Andrew J., Inall, Mark E., Jones, Daniel O.B., Martinez-Vicente, Victor, Menezes, Gui M., Niedzielski, Tomasz, Sigurðsson, Þorsteinn, Rothe, Nina, Rogacheva, Antonina, Alt, Claudia H.S., Brand, Timothy, Abell, Richard, Brierley, Andrew S., Cousins, Nicola J., Crockard, Deborah, Hoelzel, A. Rus, Høines, Åge, Letessier, Tom B., Read, Jane F., Shimmield, Tracy, Cox, Martin J., Galbraith, John K., Gordon, John D.M., Horton, Tammy, Neat, Francis and Lorance, Pascal (2013) Does Presence of a Mid-Ocean Ridge Enhance Biomass and Biodiversity? PLoS ONE, 8, (5), e61550. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0061550).
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Horton, Tammy; Thurston, Michael. 2013 Hirondellea namarensis (Crustacea: Amphipoda: Lysianassoidea: Hirondelleidae), a new deep-water scavenger species from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge [in special issue: Benthos of the Sub-Polar Front Area on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge: Results of the ECOMAR Project] Marine Biology Research, 9 (5-6). 554-562. 10.1080/17451000.2012.749994

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Duffy, G.A.; Horton, T.; Billett, D.S.M.. 2012 Deep-sea scavenging amphipod assemblages from the submarine canyons of the Western Iberian Peninsula. Biogeosciences, 9. 4861-4869. 10.5194/bg-9-4861-2012 (Unpublished)

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Jamieson, A.J., Kilgallen, N.M., Rowden, A.A., Fujii, T., Horton, T., Lörz, A.-N., Kitazawa, K. and Priede, I.G. (2011) Bait-attending fauna of the Kermadec Trench, SW Pacific Ocean: Evidence for an ecotone across the abyssal–hadal transition zone. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 58, (1), 49-62. (doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2010.11.003).
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Jamieson, A.J.; Kilgallen, N.M.; Rowden, A.A.; Fujii, T.; Horton, T.; Lörz, A.-N.; Kitazawa, K.; Priede, I.G.. 2011 Bait-attending fauna of the Kermadec Trench, SW Pacific Ocean: Evidence for an ecotone across the abyssal–hadal transition zone. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 58 (1). 49-62. 10.1016/j.dsr.2010.11.003

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