Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Karen Osborn

Research Zoologist and Curator of Annelids and Peracarids
Department / Division
Education
  • B.S., Andrews University
  • M.S., Western Washington University
  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Collections Areas
  • Annelida
    • Polychaeta
      • Archiannelida
      • Echiura
      • Pogonophora
      • Vestimentifera
  • Arthropoda
    • Cephalocarida
    • Copepoda
    • Malacostraca
      • Peracarida
        • Amphipoda, Cumacea, Isopoda, Mysidacea, Tanaidacea
      • Phyllocarida
      • Stomatopoda
    • Maxillopoda
    • Pycnogonida
    • Remipedia
    • Xiphosura
  • Hemichordata
  • Plankton
  • Sipuncula
Research Interests

Evolutionary biology of deep, pelagic invertebrates, primarily Polychaeta and Peracarida

Publications
  • Hourdez, Stéphane, Osborn, Karen J., and Gonzalez, Brett C. 2022. "Acoetidae Kinberg, 1856." In Pleistoannelida, Errantia II. Purschke, Günter, Böggemann, Markus, and Westheide, Wilfried, editors. 74–92. Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Company KG. In Handbook of Zoology, 4.
  • Polski, Ashley A., Osborn, Karen J., Hayward, James L., Joo, Elliot, Mitchell, Athena T., Sandler, Amanda G., and Henson, Shandelle M. 2021. "Egg cannibalism as a foraging tactic by less fit Glaucous-winged Gulls (Larus glaucescens)." Wilson Journal of Ornithology, 133, (4) 552–567. https://doi.org/10.1676/20-00072.
  • Allentoft-Larsen, Marc C., Gonzalez, Brett C., Daniels, Joost, Katija, Kakani, Osborn, Karen J., and Worsaae, Katrine. 2021. "Muscular adaptations in swimming scale worms (Polynoidae, Annelida)." Royal Society Open Science, 8, (10). https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.210541.
  • Ballou, Lauren, Iliffe, Thomas M., Kakuk, Brian, Gonzalez, Brett C., Osborn, Karen J., Worsaae, Katrine, Meland, Kenneth, Broad, Kenneth, Bracken-Grissom, Heather, and Olesen, Jorgen. 2021. "Monsters in the dark: systematics and biogeography of the stygobitic genus Godzillius (Crustacea: Remipedia) from the Lucayan Archipelago." European Journal of Taxonomy, 751 115–139. https://doi.org/10.5852/ejt.2021.751.1383.
  • Daniels, Joost, Aoki, Nadege, Havassy, Josh, Katija, Kakani, and Osborn, Karen J. 2021. "Metachronal Swimming with Flexible Legs: A Kinematics Analysis of the Midwater Polychaete Tomopteris." Integrative and Comparative Biology, 61, (5) 1658–1673. https://doi.org/10.1093/icb/icab059.
  • Gonzalez, Brett C., Martinez, Alejandro, Worsaae, Katrine, and Osborn, Karen J. 2021. "Morphological convergence and adaptation in cave and pelagic scale worms (Polynoidae, Annelida)." Scientific Reports, 11, (1). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-89459-y.
  • Pappalardo, Paula, Collins, Allen G., Pagenkopp Lohan, Katrina M., Hanson, Kate M., Truskey, Sarit B., Jaeckle, William, Ames, Cheryl Lewis, Goodheart, Jessica A., Bush, Stephanie L., Biancani, Leann M., Strong, Ellen E., Vecchione, Michael, Harasewych, M. G., Reed, Karen, Lin, Chan, Hartil, Elise C., Whelpley, Jessica, Blumberg, Jamie, Matterson, Kenan, Redmond, Niamh E., Becker, Allison, Boyle, Michael J., and Osborn, Karen J. 2021. "The role of taxonomic expertise in interpretation of metabarcoding studies." ICES Journal of Marine Science, 78, (9) 3397–3410. https://doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsab082.
  • San Martín, Guillermo, Álvarez-Campos, Patricia, Kondo, Yusuke, Núñez, Jorge, Fernández-Álamo, María Ana, Pleijel, Fredrik, Goetz, Freya E., Nygren, Arne, and Osborn, Karen. 2021. "New symbiotic association in marine annelids: ectoparasites of comb jellies." Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 191, (3) 672–694. https://doi.org/10.1093/zoolinnean/zlaa034.
  • Stenvers, Vanessa I., Hauss, Helena, Osborn, Karen J., Neitzel, Philipp, Merten, Véronique, Scheer, Stella, Robison, Bruce H., Freitas, Rui, and Hoving, Henk Jan T. 2021. "Distribution, associations and role in the biological carbon pump of Pyrosoma atlanticum (Tunicata, Thaliacea) off Cabo Verde, NE Atlantic." Scientific Reports, 11, (1). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-88208-5.
  • Stenvers, Vanessa, I., Gonzalez, Brett C., Goetz, Freya E., Hemmi, Jan M., Jessop, Anna-Lee, Lin, Chan, Hoving, Henk-Jan T., and Osborn, Karen J. 2021. "Extraordinary eyes reveal hidden diversity within the holopelagic genus Paraphronima (Amphipoda: Hyperiidea)." Deep-Sea Research Part I-Oceanographic Research Papers, 177. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr.2021.103610.

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