Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Charles Potter

Research Associate
Department / Division
Education
  • B.S. (Zoology): SUNY College of Forestry and Environmental Science, Syracuse University, 1972
Research Interests

Responsible for supervision of collection management activities relating to marine mammals, including accessions, specimen preparation, cataloging, specimen installations, curation, loans, information requests, and assisting visitors. Interests in staff supervision and collections management issues.

Publications
Article
  • Keenan-Bateman, Tiffany F., Mclellan, William A., Costidis, Alex M., Harms, Craig A., Gay, D. Mark, Rotstein, David S., Rommel, Sentiel A., Potter, Charles W., and Pabst, D. Ann. 2018. "Habitat use pattern of the giant parasitic nematode Crassicauda magna within the pygmy sperm whale Kogia breviceps." Diseases of aquatic organisms 127 (3):163–175. https://doi.org/10.3354/dao03205
  • Trumble, Stephen J., Norman, Stephanie A., Crain, Danielle D., Mansouri, Farzaneh, Winfield, Zach C., Sabin, Richard, Potter, Charles W., Gabriele, Christine M., and Usenko, Sascha. 2018. "Baleen whale cortisol levels reveal a physiological response to 20th century whaling." Nature Communications 9 (4587):https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-07044-w
  • Morin, Phillip A., Baker, C. S., Brewer, Reid S., Burdin, Alexander M., Dalebout, Merel L., Dines, James P., Fedutin, Ivan, Filatova, Olga, Hoyt, Erich, Jung, Jean-Luc, Lauf, Morgane, Potter, Charles W., Richard, Gaetan, Ridgway, Michelle, Robertson, Kelly M., and Wade, Paul R. 2017. "Genetic structure of the beaked whale genus Berardius in the North Pacific, with genetic evidence for a new species." Marine Mammal Science 33 (1):96–111. https://doi.org/10.1111/mms.12345
  • Solazzo, Caroline, Fitzhugh, William W., Kaplan, Susan, Potter, Charles, and Dyer, Jolon M. 2017. "Molecular markers in keratins from Mysticeti whales for species identification of baleen in museum and archaeological collections." PLOS ONE 12 (8):1–24. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0183053
  • Keenan-Bateman, Tiffany, Mclellan, William A., Harms, Craig A., Piscitelli, Marina A., Barco, Susan G., Thayer, Victoria G., Lovewell, Gretchen N., Clark, Karen L., Doshkov, Paul K., Rotstein, David S., Potter, Charles W., and Pabst, D. A. 2016. "Prevalence and anatomic site of Crassicauda sp. infection, and its use in species identification, in kogiid whales from the mid-Atlantic United States." Marine Mammal Science 32 (3):868–883. https://doi.org/10.1111/mms.12300
  • Arthur, Logan H., Mclellan, William A., Piscitelli, Marina A., Rommel, Sentiel A., Woodward, Becky L., Winn, Jeremy P., Potter, Charles W., and Ann Pabst, D. 2015. "Estimating maximal force output of cetaceans using axial locomotor muscle morphology." Marine Mammal Science 31 (4):1401–1426. https://doi.org/10.1111/mms.12230
  • Dalebout, Merel L., Baker, C. Scott, Steel, Debbie, Thompson, Kirsten, Robertson, Kelly M., Chivers, Susan J., Perrin, William F., Goonatilake, Manori, Anderson, R. Charles, Mead, James G., Potter, Charles W., Thompson, Lisa, Jupiter, Danielle, and Yamada, Tadasu K. 2014. "Resurrection of Mesoplodon hotaula Deraniyagala 1963: A new species of beaked whale in the tropical Indo-Pacific." Marine Mammal Science 30 (3):1081–1108. https://doi.org/10.1111/mms.12113
  • Eisert, Regina, Potter, Charles W., and Oftedal, Olav T. 2014. "Brain size in neonatal and adult Weddell seals: Costs and consequences of having a large brain." Marine Mammal Science 30 (1):184–205. https://doi.org/10.1111/mms.12033
  • Nweeia, Martin T., Eichmiller, Frederick C., Hauschka, Peter V., Donahue, Gretchen A., Orr, Jack R., Ferguson, Steven H., Watt, Cortney A., Mead, James G., Potter, Charles W., Dietz, Rune, Giuseppetti, Anthony A., Black, Sandie R., Trachtenberg, Alexander J., and Kuo, Winston P. 2014. "Sensory ability in the narwhal tooth organ system." Anatomical Record : Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology 297 (4):599–617. https://doi.org/10.1002/ar.22886
  • Scheel, Dirk-Martin, Slater, Graham J., Kolokotronis, Sergios-Orestis, Potter, Charles W., Rotstein, David, Tsangaras, Kyriakos, Greenwood, Alex, and Helgen, Kristofer M. 2014. "Biogeography and taxonomy of extinct and endangered monk seals illuminated by ancient DNA and skull morphology." ZooKeys 409:1–33. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.409.6244
  • Trumble, Stephen J., Robinson, Eleanor M., Berman-Kowalewski, Michelle, Potter, Charles W., and Usenko, Sascha. 2013. "Blue whale earplug reveals lifetime contaminant exposure and hormone profiles." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 110 (42):16922–16926. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1311418110
  • West, Kristi L., Sanchez, Susan, Rotstein, David, Robertson, Kelly M., Dennison, Sophie, Levine, Gregg, Davis, Nicole, Schofield, David, Potter, Charles W., and Jensen, Brenda. 2013. "A Longman's beaked whale (Indopacetus pacificus) strands in Maui, Hawaii, with first case of morbillivirus in the central Pacific." Marine Mammal Science 29 (4):767–776. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-7692.2012.00616.x
  • Nweeia, Martin T., Eichmiller, Frederick C., Hauschka, Peter V., Tyler, Ethan, Mead, James G., Potter, Charles W., Angnatsiak, David P., Richard, Pierre R., Orr, Jack R., and Black, Sandie R. 2012. "Vestigial Tooth Anatomy and Tusk Nomenclature for Monodon Monoceros." Anatomical Record : Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology 295 (6):1006–1016. https://doi.org/10.1002/ar.22449
  • Kuehl, Douglas, Haebler, Romona, Potter, Charles W., Lahvis, Garet, Donahue, Michael, and Regal, Ronald. 2009. "PFOS and PFOSA in bottlenose dolphins: An investigation into two unusually high mortality epizootics." Reproductive Toxicology 27 (3-4):421–421. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.reprotox.2008.11.070
  • Oremland, Mollie Sue, Allen, Bernadette M., Clapham, Phil J., Moore, Michael J., Potter, Charles W., and Mead, James G. 2009. "Mandibular fractures in short-finned pilot whales, Globicephala macrorhynchus." Marine Mammal Science 26 (1):1–16. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-7692.2009.00334.x
  • Mclellan, W. A., Koopman, H. N., Rommel, S. A., Read, A. J., Potter, Charles W., Nicolas, J. R., Westgate, A. J., and Pabst, D. A. 2002. "Ontogenetic allometry and body composition of harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena, L.) from the western North Atlantic." Journal of zoology 257:457–471. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0952836902001061
  • McLellan, W., Friedlander, A., Mead, James G., Potter, Charles W., and Pabst, D. A. 2002. "Analyzing 25 Years of Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) Strandings along the Atlantic coast of the USA: Do Historic Recods Support the Coastal Migratory Stock Hypothesis." Journal of Cetacean Research and Management 4:297–304.
  • Morgan, L., Musick, J., and Potter, Charles W. 2002. "Temporal and Geographic Occurrences of Cetacean Strandings and Manatee Sightings in Virginia, with Notes on Adverse Human-cetacean Interactions, from 1983-1989." Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science 118:12–26.
  • Walker, J. L., Potter, Charles W., and Macko, S. A. 1999. "The diets of modern and historic bottlenose dolphin populations reflected through stable isotopes." Marine Mammal Science 15 (2):335–350.
  • Cox, T. M., Read, A. J., Barco, S., Evans, J., Gannon, D. P., Koopman, H. N., Mclellan, W. A., Murray, K., Nicolas, J., Pabst, D. A., Potter, Charles W., Swingle, W. M., Thayer, V. G., Touhey, K. M., and Westgate, A. J. 1998. "Documenting the bycatch of harbor porpoises, Phocoena phocoena, in coastal gillnet fisheries from stranded carcasses." Fishery Bulletin 96 (4):727–734.
  • Hoelzel, A. R., Potter, Charles W., and Best, P. B. 1998. "Genetic differentiation between parapatric 'nearshore' and 'offshore' populations of the bottlenose dolphin." Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 265 (1402):1177–1183.
  • Laerm, J., Wenzel, F., Craddock, J. E., Weinand, D., McGurk, J., Harris, M. J., Early, G. A., Mead, James G., Potter, Charles W., and Barros, N. B. 1997. "New prey species for northwestern Atlantic humpback whales." Marine Mammal Science 13 (4):705–711.
  • Mead, James G. and Potter, Charles W. 1995. "Recognizing Two Populations off the Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) of the Atlantic Coast of North America - Morphologic and Ecologic Considerations." International Marine Biology Research Institute: IBI Reports (5): 31–44.
  • Rommel, S. A., Pabst, D. A., Mclellan, W. A., Mead, James G., and Potter, Charles W. 1992. "Anatomical Evidence for a Countercurrent Heat-Exchanger Associated with Dolphin Testes." Anatomical Record : Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology 232 (1):150–156.
  • Frazier, John G., Margaritoulis, D., Muldoon, K., Potter, Charles W., Rosewater, Joseph, Ruckdeschel, C., and Salas, S. 1985. "Epizoan Communities on Marine Turtles .1. Bivalve and Gastropod Mollusks." Marine Ecology-Pubblicazioni Della Stazione Zoologica Di Napoli i 6 (2):127–140.
  • Leatherwood, Stephen, Deerman, Michael W., and Potter, Charles W. 1978. "Food and reproductive status of nine Tursiops truncatus from the northeastern United States coast." Cetology (28): 1–6.

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Chapter
  • Nweeia, Martin T., Nutarak, Cornelius, Eichmiller, Frederick C., Eidelman, Naomi, Giuseppetti, Anthony A., Quinn, Janet, Mead, James G., K'issuk, Kaviqanguak, Hauschka, Peter V., Tyler, Ethan M., Potter, Charles W., Orr, Jack R., Avike, Rasmus, Nielsen, Pavia, and Angnatsiak, David. 2009. "Considerations Of Anatomy, Morphology, Evolution, and Function for Narwhal Dentition." in Smithsonian at the Poles: Contributions to International Polar Year Science, edited by Krupnik, Igor, Lang, Michael A., and Miller, Scott E., 223–240. IPY. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.097884601X.16
  • Mead, James G. and Potter, Charles W. 1988. "Seldom Seen Species." in The World's Whales -- A Closer Look, 103–109. Monterey, California: American Cetacean Society, Third Biennial Conference and Symposium.
  • Potter, Charles W. 1984. "Marine Mammals of Maryland." in Threatened and Endangered Plants and Animals of Maryland, edited by Norden, A. W., Forester, D. C., and Fenwick, G. H., 442–453.