Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Martha Nizinski

Adjunct Zoologist, NOAA, Curator of Decapods
Department / Division
Education
  • B.S. 1983. West Virginia Wesleyan College
  • M.S. 1986. University of Maryland, College Park
  • Ph.D. 1998. The College of William and Mary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Collections Areas
  • Arthropoda
    • Branchiopoda
    • Maxillopoda
      • Cirripedia
    • Malacostraca
      • Anomura
      • Astacidea
      • Brachyura
      • Caridea
      • Dendrobranchiata
      • Euphausiacea
      • Nephropidae
      • Procarididea
      • Stenopodidea
      • Syncarida
      • Thalassinidea
    • Ostracoda
Affiliations

Research Associate, Smithsonian Institution; member of The Crustacean Society, Biological Society of Washington, The Ecological Society of America, Phi Kappa Phi, Senate of Scientists, Smithsonian Institution

Research Interests

Biodiversity, taxonomy, systematics, zoogeography, and ecology of decapod crustacean, particularly galatheoid crabs in the Families Chirostylidae and Galatheidae; Invertebrate fauna associated with deep-water Lophelia pertusa reefs; Biodiversity, systematics, and ecology of lobsters

Publications
  • Kinlan, Brian P., Poti, Matthew, Drohan, Amy F., Packer, David B., Dorfman, Dan S., and Nizinski, Martha S. 2020. "Predictive modeling of suitable habitat for deep-sea corals offshore the Northeast United States." Deep-Sea Research Part I-Oceanographic Research Papers 158:Article 103229. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr.2020.103229
  • Moura, Carlos J., Lessios, Harilaos, Cortes, Jorge, Nizinski, Martha S., Reed, John, Santos, Ricardo S., and Collins, Allen G. 2018. "Hundreds of genetic barcodes of the species-rich hydroid superfamily Plumularioidea (Cnidaria, Medusozoa) provide a guide toward more reliable taxonomy." Scientific Reports 8:17986. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-35528-8
  • Nizinski, Martha S. and Adams, Caitlin. 2018. "Northern Neighbors:Transboundary Exploration of Deepwater Communities." Oceanography 31 (1 Supplement):90-91.
  • Wagner, Daniel, Etnoyer, Peter J., Nizinski, Martha, Schmahl, George P., Hickerson, Emma, Sterne, Travis, and Nuttall, Marissa. 2018. "Southeast Deep Coral Initiative: Exploring Deep-Sea Coral Ecosystems off the Southeast United States." Oceanography 31 (1 Supplement):98-99.
  • Coykendall, D. Katharine, Nizinski, Martha S., and Morrison, Cheryl L. 2017. "A phylogenetic perspective on diversity of Galatheoidea (Munida, Munidopsis) from cold-water coral and cold seep communities in the western North Atlantic Ocean." Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 137:258-272. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2016.08.014
  • Fernandez-Arcaya, Ulla, Ramirez-Llodra, Eva, Aguzzi, Jacopo, Allcock, A. L., Davies, Jaime S., Dissanayake, Awantha, Harris, Peter, Howell, Kerry, Huvenne, Veerle A. I., Macmillan-Lawler, Miles, Martín, Jacobo, Menot, Lenaick, Nizinski, Martha S., Puig, Pere, Rowden, Ashley A., Sanchez, Florence, and Van, den Beld. 2017. "Ecological Role of Submarine Canyons and Need for Canyon Conservation: A Review." Frontiers in Marine Science 4:5. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2017.00005
  • Morrison, Cheryl L., Baco, Amy R., Nizinski, Martha S., Coykendall, D. K., Demopoulos, A. W. J., Cho, W., and Shank, T. M. 2017. "Population Connectivity of Deep‐Sea Corals." in The State of Deep-Sea Coral and Sponge Ecosystems of the United States, edited by Hourigan, T. F., Etnoyer, P. J., and Cairns, Stephen D., 379-407.
  • Packer, D. B., Nizinski, M. S., Cairns, Stephen D., and Hourigan, T. F. 2017. "Deep-Sea Coral Taxa in the U.S. Northeast Region: Depth and Geographical Distribution." https://repository.si.edu/handle/10088/34997.
  • Packer, David B., Nizinski, Martha S., Bachman, Michelle S., Drohan, Amy F., Poti, Matthew, and Kinlan, Brian P. 2017. "Chapter 9. State of Deep-Sea Coral and Sponge Ecosystems of the U.S. Northeast Region." in The State of Deep-Sea Coral and Sponge Ecosystems of the United States, edited by Hourigan, T. F., Etnoyer, P. J., and Cairns, Stephen D., 237-297. States. NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS‐OHC‐4.
  • Packer, David B., Nizinski, Martha S., Cairns, Stephen D., and Hourigan, Thomas F. 2017. [Dataset] "Deep‐Sea Coral Taxa in the U.S. Northeast Region: Depth and Geographical Distribution." Distributed by States. NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS‐OHC‐4.
  • Nizinski, Martha S. 2016. "Ammodytidae, sandlances." in The living marine resources of the Eastern Central Atlantic. Volume 4: Bony fishes part 2 (Perciformes to Tetraodontiformes) and sea turtles, edited by Carpenter, Kent E. and De Angelis, N., 2784-2785. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, (FAO Species Identification Guide for Fishery Purposes).
  • Nizinski, Martha S. and Munroe, Thomas A. 2016. "Engraulidae, anchovies." in The living marine resources of the Eastern Central Atlantic. Volume 3: Bony fishes part 1 (Elopiformes to Scorpaeniformes), edited by Carpenter, Kent E. and De Angelis, N., 1715-1718. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, (FAO Species Identification Guide for Fishery Purposes).
  • Pawson, David L., Nizinski, Martha S., Ames, Cheryl Lewis, and Pawson, Doris J. 2015. "Deep-sea echinoids and holothurians (Echinodermata) near cold seeps and coral communities in the northern Gulf of Mexico." Bulletin of Marine Science 91 (2):167-204. https://doi.org/10.5343/bms.2014.1064
  • Quattrini, Andrea M., Nizinski, Martha S., Chaytor, Jason D., Demopoulos, Amanda W. J., Roark, E. B., France, Scott C., Moore, Jon A., Heyl, Taylor, Auster, Peter J., Kinlan, Brian, Ruppel, Carolyn, Elliott, Kelley P., Kennedy, Brian R. C., Lobecker, Elizabeth, Skarke, Adam, and Shank, Timothy M. 2015. "Exploration of the Canyon-Incised Continental Margin of the Northeastern United States Reveals Dynamic Habitats and Diverse Communities." PLOS ONE 10 (10):e0139904. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0139904
  • Nizinski, Martha S. 2014. "Lobsters." in The Living Marine Resources of the Eastern Central Atlantic.Vol.1: Introduction, crustaceans, chitons, and cephalopods, 197-234. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
  • Mah, Christopher L., Mercier, Annie, Hamel, Jean-François, and Nizinski, Martha S. 2012. "Range Extensions and Taxonomic Notes on Atlantic Myxasteridae (Velatida; Asteroidea)." Zootaxa (3572): 55-62.
  • Quattrini, Andrea M., Ross, Steve W., Carlson, Michael C. T., and Nizinski, Martha S. 2012. "Megafaunal-habitat associations at a deep-sea coral mound off North Carolina, USA." Marine Biology 159 (5):1079-1094. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00227-012-1888-7
  • Anker, Arthur and Nizinski, Martha S. 2011. "Description of a new deep-water species of Alpheus Fabricius, 1798 from the Gulf of Mexico (Crustacea, Decapoda, Alpheidae)." Zootaxa (2925): 49-56.
  • Morrison, Cheryl L., Ross, Steve W., Nizinski, Martha S., Brooke, Sandra, Jaernegren, Johanna, Waller, Rhian G., Johnson, Robin L., and King, Tim L. 2011. "Genetic discontinuity among regional populations of Lophelia pertusa in the North Atlantic Ocean." Conservation Genetics 12 (3):713-729. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10592-010-0178-5
  • Vervoort, W., Henry, L. A., and Nizinski, Martha S. 2011. "Redescription of the leptothecate hydroid Halecium macrocephalum Allman, 1877 (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa)." Journal of Natural History 45 (33-34):2095-2104. https://doi.org/10.1080/00222933.2011.582967
  • Mah, Christopher L., Nizinski, Martha S., and Lundsten, Lonny. 2010. "Phylogenetic Revision of the Hippasterinae (Goniasteridae; Asteroidea): Systematics of Deep Sea Corallivores, including one new genus and three new species." Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 160:266-301.
  • Baba, Keiji, Macpherson, Enrique, Poore, Gary C. B., Ahyong, Shane T, Bermudez, Adriana, Cabezas, Patricia, Lin, Chia-Wei, Nizinski, Martha S., Rodrigues, Celso, and Schnabel, Kareen E. 2008. "Catalogue of squat lobsters of the world (Crustacea: Decapoda: Anomura-families Chirostylidae, Galatheidae and Kiwaidae)." Zootaxa (1905): 1-220.
  • Henry, L., Nizinski, Martha S., and Ross, S. W. 2008. "Occurrence and biogeography of hydroids (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa) from deep-water coral habitats off the southeastern United States." Deep-Sea Research. Part I, Oceanographic Research Papers 55:788-800.
  • Brooks, R. Allen, Nizinski, Martha S., Ross, Steve W., and Sulak, Kenneth J. 2007. "Frequency of sublethal injury in a deepwater ophiuroid, Ophiacantha bidentata, an important component of western Atlantic Lophelia reef communities." Marine Biology 152 (2):307-314. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00227-007-0690-4
  • Nizinski, Martha S. 2007. "Predation in subtropical soft-bottom systems: spiny lobster and molluscs in Florida Bay." Marine Ecology Progress Series 345:185-197.
  • Ross, S. W. and Nizinski, Martha S. 2007. "State of deep coral ecosystems in the U.S. southeast region: Cape Hatteras to southeastern Florida." in The state of the deep coral ecosystems of the United States., edited by Lumsden, S. E., Hourigan, T. F., Bruckner, A. W., and Dorr, G., 233-269. NOAA.
  • Munroe, Thomas A. and Nizinski, Martha S. 2003. "Clupeidae." in The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Atlantic. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fishery Purposes and American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Special Publication 5. Vol. 2, edited by Carpenter, Kent E., 804-830. FAO.
  • Nizinski, Martha S. 2003. "Annotated checklist of decapod crustaceans of Atlantic coastal and continental shelf waters of the United States." Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 116 (1):96-157.
  • Nizinski, Martha S. and Munroe, Thomas A. 2003. "Engraulidae." in The living marine resources of the Western Central Atlantic. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fishery Purposes and American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Special Publication 5. Vol. 2, edited by Carpenter, Kent E., 764-794. FAO.
  • Munroe, Thomas A. and Nizinski, Martha S. 2000. "Order Clupeiformes. Families Chirocentridae, Clupeidae, Engraulidae and Pristigasteridae." Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Supplement 8:587-588.
  • Munroe, Thomas A., Nizinski, Martha S., and Wongratana, T. 1999. "Chirocentridae." in FAO Species Identification Guide for Fishery Purposes. The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. Volume 3. Batoid fishes, chimaeras and bony fishes part 1 (Elopidae to Linophrynidae), edited by Carpenter, Kent E. and Niem, V. H., 1771-1774. FAO.
  • Munroe, Thomas A., Nizinski, Martha S., and Wongratana, T. 1999. "Pristigasteridae." in FAO Species Identification Guide for Fishery Purposes. The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. Volume 3. Batoid fishes, chimaeras and bony fishes part 1 (Elopidae to Linophrynidae), edited by Carpenter, Kent E. and Niem, V. H., 1754-1770. FAO.
  • Munroe, Thomas A., Wongratana, T., and Nizinski, Martha S. 1999. "Clupeidae." in FAO Species Identification Guide for Fishery Purposes. The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. Volume 3. Batoid fishes, chimaeras and bony fishes part 1 (Elopidae to Linophrynidae), edited by Carpenter, Kent E. and Niem, V. H., 1775-1821. FAO.
  • Wongratana, T., Munroe, Thomas A., and Nizinski, Martha S. 1999. "Family Engraulididae." in FAO Species Identification Guide for Fishery Purposes. The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. Volume 3. Batoid fishes, chimaeras and bony fishes part 1 (Elopidae to Linophrynidae), edited by Carpenter, Kent E. and Niem, V. H., 1698-1753. FAO.
  • Collette, Bruce B., Parin, N. V., and Nizinski, Martha S. 1992. Catalog of type specimens of recent fishes in the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Institution Press. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.00810282.525
  • Munroe, Thomas A., Nizinski, Martha S., and Mahadeva, M. N. 1991. "Symphurus-Prolatinaris, a New Species of Shallow-Water Tonguefish (Pleuronectiformes, Cynoglossidae) from the Eastern Pacific." Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 104 (3):448-458.
  • Munroe, Thomas A. and Nizinski, Martha S. 1990. "Symphurus-Melasmatotheca and S Undecimplerus (Cynoglossidae, Pleuronectiformes), 2 New Eastern Pacific Tonguefishes with Eleven Caudal-Fin Rays." Copeia (4): 985-996.
  • Nizinski, Martha S., Collette, Bruce B., and Washington, B. B. 1990. "Separation of two species of sand lances, Ammodytes americanus and A. dubius, in the western North Atlantic." Fishery Bulletin 88 (2):241-255.
  • Nizinski, Martha S. 1989. "Ecological Distribution, Demography and Behavioral Observations on Periclimenes-Anthophilus, an Atypical Symbiotic Cleaner Shrimp." Bulletin of Marine Science 45 (1):174-188.

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