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About Charles Messing

Most taxa of living crinoids-sea lilies and feather stars-were described before the modern synthesis of evolutionary biology was introduced in the mid-20th century. As a result, many named taxa (chiefly species and genera) are poorly diagnosed and understood. Dr. Messing has a strong interest in clarifying the systematic status and evolutionary relationships of living crinoids, as well as better understanding their ecology and distributions. His other primary area of research interest is in understanding distributional patterns and ecology of deep-water benthic invertebrate assemblages (e.g., corals, octocorals, echinoderms, sponges) associated with hard substrates at low latitudes, particularly as they relate to hydrodynamic conditions and biogeographic boundaries. In addition, he maintains an abiding interest in the ecology and phylogeny of invertebrates in general.

Positions

Present Faculty Member, Nova Southeastern University
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Education

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1979 PhD Biological Oceanography, University of Miami ‐ Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
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1975 M.S. Biological Oceanography, University of Miami ‐ Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
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1970 B.A. Biological Science, Rutgers University - New Brunswick/Piscataway
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954-262-3658

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