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Deep-sea Isopods
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Fresh Water Isopods from Australia's Northern Territory
Isopod identification


I have 40+ years experience at identifying isopods from many environments. The identifications often result in scientific publications. Contracts can be arranged based on estimated specimen numbers



  • Deep-sea isopods collected by Robert R. Hessler and colleagues, which amounts to more than 70,000 individuals from all depths of the Altantic Ocean and Weddell Sea. This collection has resulted in many publications. 

  • Isopods from the Gulf of Mexico collected by Willis & Linda Pecquegnat, and by Gilbert Rowe and colleagues. This fauna has more than 156 species. 

  • Isopods associated with marine plants in Eastern Australia

  • The Isopod fauna of the Central Pacific manganese nodule provinces. 

  • Benthic isopods of the Arafura Sea north of Australia. 


   Fresh Water

  • Complete re-organization and modernization of the systematics of the Phreatoicidea; (Isopoda); several new freshwater families described (Ponderellidae; Tainisopidae)

  • Broad ranging field work in Australia, with remote freshwater sites visited in all states

  • Global reassessment of freshwater isopod diversity

  • Surveys of Fresh water isopods in Michigan




Deep-sea Isopod projects

  • 2012: Visiting Scholarship, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Illinois: "Visit to the Invertebrate collection; deep-sea Isopoda from the Gorda Ridge and elsewhere"

  • 2001-2003: USA Minerals Management Service & Texas A&M University Galveston, “Isopod Fauna of the Deep Gulf of Mexico”

  • 1992-1994: Australian Research Council, "Phylogenetic studies of the Asellota (Isopoda; Crustacea)"

  • 1989-1990: NSF grant "Comparative and Evolutionary Morphology of Isopod Crustacean Genitalia"

  • 1986-1989: NSF grant "Systematics of the deep-sea asellote isopods (Crustacea, superfamily Janiroidea)"

  • 1983-1985: National Science Foundation (NSF) grant "Systematics of a deep-sea family (Eurycopidae, Isopoda, Crustacea)"


Fresh water isopod projects

  • 2011: Hydro Tasmania contract, G. Wilson & A. Osborn, project title: "New species of Colubotelson (Isopoda; Phreatoicidae) from Lake Pedder, Tasmania"

  • 2006: Revision of Pygolabis (Tainisopidae), with 4 new species. Western Australia Dept. Conservation and Land Management.

  • 2004-2006: Australian Biological Resources Survey, project title: “A species flock of Eophreatoicus Nicholls (Crustacea; Isopoda; Phreatoicidea) in the Arnhem Plateau region of the Northern Territory”

  • 1998-2001: Australian Biological Resources Survey, project title: “A Systematic Revision of the Phreatoicidea (Crustacea, Isopoda) of Australia”

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