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About Timothy Swain

I am a marine ecologist and molecular phylogeneticist who uses the interspecific interactions of invertebrates to examine questions of symbiosis evolution, the evolution of functional form, the role of symbiosis in promoting and maintaining biological diversity, and the effects of climate change on the ecology of symbiotic associations. I use an integrative approach to my research and collaborate with diverse groups of colleagues, students, and professionals ranging from artists to engineers. A significant portion of my research focuses on tropical reef corals (Scleractinia) and zoanthideans (Zoanthidea), and their associated photosynthetic dinoflagellate symbionts (Symbiodiniaceae) and invertebrate hosts. While the Scleractinia-Symbiodiniaceae symbioses are predominately found in shallow tropical waters, the Zoanthidea/invertebrate symbioses are global and include at least six invertebrate phyla in most major benthic habitats ranging from intertidal mud flats to the deep-sea.

Positions

2019 - Present Assistant Professor, Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, Department of Marine and Environmental Science
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2016 - 2019 Research Associate, Northwestern University ‐ Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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2016 - 2019 Research Associate, Field Museum of Natural History ‐ Integrative Research Center
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2010 - 2016 Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University ‐ Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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2010 - 2016 Postdoctoral Fellow, Field Museum of Natural History ‐ Biodiversity Synthesis Center
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2005 - 2010 Instructional Coordinator for Animal Diversity, Florida State University ‐ Department of Biological Science
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2002 - 2005 Instructor / Teaching Assistant, Florida State University ‐ Department of Biological Science
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2002 - 2005 Instructor / Teaching Assistant, State University of New York at Buffalo ‐ Department of Biological Sciences
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Curriculum Vitae




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Professional Service and Affiliations

Member, International Society for Reef Studies
Member, International Symbiosis Society
Member, Sigma Xi
Member, Society of Systematic Biologists
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Education

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2010 Ph.D. Biology, Florida State University
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2002 M.S. Biology, State University of New York at Buffalo
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1998 B.S. Biology, State University of New York at Buffalo
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Contact Information

954-262-3661

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