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James Norris

James Norris

Emeritus Research Botanist

Phone: 202-633-0959
Fax: 202-786-2563
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Smithsonian Institution
PO Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012

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Washington, DC 20560-0166

     Ph.D.(1975) Department of Biological Sciences and Marine Science Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara (Adivsors: M. Neushul & I.A. Abbott).`M.A. (1971) Department of Marine Biology and Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, San Francisco State University (Adivsors: G. Oberlander & I.A. Abbott). `B.A.(1968)Department of Biology, San Francisco State University (Advisor: H.D. Thiers).

Research Interests
     Biodiversity of marine algae; systematics, biogeography, floristics and ecology of tropical and subtropical marine macroalgae.

Recent Publications - (All Publications)

Ballantine, David L., Ruiz, Hector, Lozada-Troche, Chad and Norris, James N. 2016. The genus Ramicrusta (Peyssonneliales, Rhodophyta) in the Caribbean Sea, including Ramicrusta bonairensis sp. nov. and Ramicrusta monensis sp. nov. Botanica Marina, 59(6): 417-431. doi:10.1515/bot-2016-0086

Ballantine, David L., Ruíz, Hector and Norris, James N. 2015. Notes on the benthic marine algae of Puerto Rico, XI: new records including new Meredithia (Kallymeniaceae, Rhodophyta) species. Botanica Marina, 58(5): 355-365. doi:10.1515/bot-2015-0005

Bucher, Katina E., Ballantine, David L., Lozada-Troche, Chad and Norris, James N. 2014. Wrangelia gordoniae, a new species of Rhodophyta (Ceramiales, Wrangeliaceae) from the tropical western Atlantic. Botanica Marina, 57(4): 265-280. doi:10.1515/bot-2014-0012

Norris, James N. 2014. Marine Algae of the Northern Gulf of California II: Rhodophyta. Smithsonian Contributions to Botany, 96: 1-555. doi:10.5479/si.19382812.96

Bucher, Katina E., Norris, James N. and Sears, James R. 2013. Gloiotrichus vermiculatus sp. nov. (Liagoraceae, Rhodophyta), a new species from the Caribbean Sea. Caribbean Journal of Science, 47(1): 98-113.

Gulbransen, Dana J., McGlathery, Karen J., Marklund, Maria, Norris, James N. and Gurgel, Carlos Frederico D. 2012. Gracilaria Vermiculophylla (Rhodophyta, Gracilariales) In The Virginia Coastal Bays, Usa: Cox1 Analysis Reveals High Genetic Richness Of An Introduced Macroalga. Journal of Phycology, 48(5): 1278-1283. doi:10.1111/j.1529-8817.2012.01218.x

Krayesky, David M., Norris, James N., West, John A., Kamiya, Mitsunobu, Viguerie, Matt, Wysor, Brian S. and Fredericq, Suzanne 2012. Two new species of Caloglossa (Delesseriaceae, Rhodophyta) from the Americas, C. confusa and C. fluviatilis spp. nov. Phycologia, 51(5): 513-530. doi:10.2216/11-57.1

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