Tracey Sutton, PhD - Consortium Director

Tracey Sutton is a professor at the Oceanographic Center of Nova Southeastern University, and is the Director of the DEEPEND Consortium. He is also an Affiliate Scientist of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, the Ocean Research and Conservation Association, and Florida Atlantic University. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of South Florida College of Marine Science, and was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. In addition to DEEPEND, he currently leads the NOAA NRDA Gulf of Mexico Offshore Sampling and Analysis Program, a 4+ year project involving over 80 scientists. He co-led the Pelagic Nekton Group of the Census of Marine Life project MAR-ECO. This international consortium completed 47 projects, published over 70 peer-reviewed papers, and trained dozens of successful graduate students upon its completion in 2010. He is also a Steering Committee member of the Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative, a co-PI in the Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative, and an invited Expert Panel Member of the United Nations World Ocean Assessment. He is a biological oceanographer whose interests are in marine community structure, ecosystem ecology, biodiversity, and marine conservation, with emphasis on oceanic systems. His specialty areas include deep-pelagic fish taxonomy, trophic ecology, and deep-sea biophysical coupling. He will design and lead the deep-pelagic field sampling efforts, lead the quantitative taxonomic analysis of pelagic fishes, co-lead the community structure analyses/modeling efforts, and assist with the trophic ecology investigations. He will also serve as facilitator for all DEEPEND projects with respect to outreach, student participation/funding, and conservation efforts.