Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Jon Norenburg

Research Zoologist and Curator of Nemertea, Echinodermata, meiofaunal and other phyla
Department / Division
  • B.A., Acadia University
  • M.S., Acadia University
  • Ph.D., Northeastern University
Research Interests
Curator for Nemertea and Meiofauna. Morphological and molecular phylogeny, phylogeography, biogeography and functional anatomy of nemertean worms, worldwide; biology and zoogeography of soft-bodied marine interstitial fauna, worldwide
  • Zattara, Eduardo E., Fernández-Álvarez, Fernando A., Hiebert, Terra C., Bely, Alexandra E., and Norenburg, Jon L. 2019. "A phylum-wide survey reveals multiple independent gains of head regeneration in Nemertea." Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 286 (1898):
  • Leasi, Francesca, Sevigny, Joseph L., Laflamme, Eric M., Artois, Tom, Curini-Galletti, Marco, de, Jesus Navarrete, Di Domenico, Maikon, Goetz, Freya, Hall, Jeffrey A., Hochberg, Rick, Jörger, Katharina M., Jondelius, Ulf, Todaro, M. A., Wirshing, Herman H., Norenburg, Jon L., and Thomas, W. K. 2018. "Biodiversity estimates and ecological interpretations of meiofaunal communities are biased by the taxonomic approach." Communications Biology 1:112.
  • Mendes, Cecili B., Norenburg, Jon L., Solferini, Vera N., and Andrade, Sónia C. S. 2018. "Hidden diversity: Phylogeography of genus Ototyphlonemertes Diesing, 1863 (Ototyphlonemertidae: Hoplonemertea) reveals cryptic species and high diversity in Chilean populations." PloS One 13 (4):1–22.
  • Scarpa, Fabio, Cossu, Piero, Delogu, Valentina, Lai, Tiziana, Sanna, Daria, Leasi, Francesca, Norenburg, Jon L., Curini-Galletti, Marco, and Casu, Marco. 2017. "Molecular support for morphology-based family-rank taxa: The contrasting cases of two families of Proseriata (Platyhelminthes)." Zoologica Scripta 46 (6):753–766.
  • Ament-Velásquez, S. L., Figuet, E., Ballenghien, M., Zattara, Eduardo E., Norenburg, Jon L., Fernández-Álvarez, F. A., Bierne, J., Bierne, N., and Galtier, N. 2016. "Population genomics of sexual and asexual lineages in fissiparous ribbon worms (Lineus, Nemertea): hybridization, polyploidy and the Meselson effect." Molecular ecology 25 (14):3356–3369.
  • Leasi, Francesca, da Silva Andrade, Sonia C., and Norenburg, Jon L. 2016. "At least some meiofaunal species are not everywhere. Indication of geographic, ecological and geological barriers affecting the dispersion of species of Ototyphlonemertes (Nemertea, Hoplonemertea)." Molecular Ecology 25:1381–1397.
  • Leasi, Francesca, Gaynus, Camille, Mahardini, Angka, Moore, Tiara N., Norenburg, Jon L., and Barber, Paul H. 2016. "Spatial and ecologic distribution of neglected microinvertebrate communities across endangered ecosystems: meiofauna in Bali (Indonesia)." Marine Ecology-an Evolutionary Perspective 37 (5):970–987.
  • Mendes, Cecili B., Matthews-Cascon, Helena, and Norenburg, Jon L. 2016. "New records of ribbon worms (Nemertea) from Ceará, Northeast Brazil." Zootaxa 4061 (2):146–156.
  • Scarpa, Fabio, Cossu, Piero, Sanna, Daria, Lai, Tiziana, Norenburg, Jon L., Curini-Galletti, Marco, and Casu, Marco. 2015. "An 18S and 28S-based clock calibration for marine Proseriata (Platyhelminthes)." Journal of experimental marine biology and ecology 463:22–31.
  • Andrade, Sonia C. S., Montenegro, Horácio, Strand, Malin, Schwartz, Megan, Kajihara, Hiroshi, Norenburg, Jon L., Turbeville, James M., Sundberg, Per, and Giribet, Gonzalo. 2014. "A transcriptomic approach to ribbon worm systematics (Nemertea): resolving the Pilidiophora problem." Molecular biology and evolution 31 (12):3206–3215.

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  • Norenburg, Jon L. 2009. "Nemertea of the Gulf of Mexico." in Gulf of Mexico Origin, Waters and Biota Vol. 1, Biodiversity, edited by Felder, Darryl L. and Camp, David K., 553–558. College Station, Texas: Texas A&M University Press.
  • Norenburg, Jon L. and Stricker, S. A. 2001. "Phylum Nemertea. Chapter 7." in Atlas of Marine Invertebrate Larvae, 163–177.
  • Norenburg, Jon L. 1988. "Interstitial Nemertina." in Introduction to the Study of Meiofauna, 287–292.