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D. Wilson Freshwater, Research Specialist & DNA Analysis Core Facility Supervisor

PhD in Biological Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1993
MS in Botany, North Carolina State University, 1987
BS summa cum laude with honors in Marine Biology, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 1985

Center for Marine Science, 5600 Marvin K. Moss Ln, Wilmington, NC 28409 
(910) 962-2375

My broad research interests include the biodiversity and systematics of marine algae, and the dynamics of subtidal hard bottom communities. One area of emphasis is the use of modern DNA analyses in biodiversity studies, and this has been applied to projects on endangered and invasive species, revisionary treatments of marine algal groups and international floristics. I have great interest in both the diversity of poorly studied tropical eastern Pacific marine algae, as well as updating North Carolina’s marine algal flora and understanding its role in our local marine environments.

Curriculum vitae

Example publications

LaCroce, M.E., Z.T. Long & D.W. Freshwater. 2020. Seasonality and disturbance recovery of the epibenthic community on a warm-temperate hard bottom. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology & Ecology (online prior to print) doi: 10.1016/j.jembe.2019.151283. 

Woodworth, K.A., T.A. Frankovich & D.W. Freshwater. 2019. Melanothamnus maniticola sp. nov. (Ceramiales, Rhodophyta): An epizoic species evolved for living on the West Indian Manatee. Journal of Phycology 55:1239-1245. doi: 10.1111/jpy.12912. 

Hardesty, D.M. & D.W. Freshwater. 2018. Studies of North Carolina marine algae XIV. Increased diversity of flattened Gracilaria (Gracilariales, Rhodophyta) species revealed by DNA sequences of contemporary specimens and the G. mammillaris type. Botanica Marina 61:407-413. doi: 10.1515/bot-2017-0120. 

Freshwater, D.W., J.N. Idol, S.L. Parham, C. Fernández-García, N. León, P.W. Gabrielson & B.L. Wysor. 2017. Molecular assisted identification reveals hidden red algae diversity from the Burica Peninsula, Pacific Panama. Diversity 9, 19; doi: 10.3390/d9020019. 

Taylor, R.L., J.C. Bailey & D.W. Freshwater. 2017. Systematics of Cladophora spp. (Chlorophyta) from North Carolina, USA, based upon morphology and DNA sequence data with a description of Cladophora subtilissima sp. nov. Journal of Phycology 53:541-556. doi: 10.1111/jpy12510. 

Freshwater, D.W., P.E. Whitfield, C.A. Buckel, R.C. Muñoz & B.P. Degan. 2016. Epibenthic community assessments indicate high spatial and temporal variability among continental shelf hard bottom sites in a marine transition zone. Regional Studies in Marine Science 5:41-50. doi: 10.1016/j.rsma.2016.01.005.

Mamoozadeh, N.R. & D.W. Freshwater. 2012. Polysiphonia sensu lato (Ceramiales, Florideophyceae) species of Caribbean Panama including Polysiphonia lobophoralis sp. nov. and Polysiphonia nuda sp. nov. Botanica Marina 55:317-347; doi: 10.1515/bot-2012-0147. 

Freshwater, D.W., K. Tudor, K. O’Shaughnessy & B. Wysor. 2010. DNA barcoding in the red algal order Gelidiales: comparison of COI with rbcL and verification of the “barcoding gap”. Cryptogamie Algologie 31:435-449. 

Freshwater, D.W., A. Hines, S. Parham, A.E. Wilbur, M. Sabaoun, J.L. Woodhead, L. Akins, B. Purdy, P.E. Whitfield & C.B. Paris. 2009. Mitochondrial control region sequence analyses indicate dispersal from the US East Coast as the source of the invasive Indo-Pacific lionfish Pterois volitans in the Bahamas. Marine Biology 156(6):1213-1221. doi: 10.1007/s00227-009-1163-8 

Millar, A.J.K. & D.W. Freshwater. 2005. Morphology and molecular phylogeny of the marine algal order Gelidiales (Rhodophyta) from New South Wales, including Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands. Australian Systematic Botany 18:215-263.