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Peer-Reviewed Publications (*Student Author)

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2023

Jones, N.P.*, Pratchett, M.S., Milligan, R.J., Gilliam, D.S. (2023) High incidence of partial colony mortality constrains realized growth for three coral species in southeast Florida. Marine Ecology Progress Series 721:59-70. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps14420

McMaken, C.*, Burkholder, D., Milligan, R., Lopez, J. (2023). Potential impacts of environmental bacteria on the microbiome of loggerhead (Caretta caretta) and green (Chelonia mydas) sea turtle eggs and their hatching success. MicrobiologyOpen. 12(3): e1363. doi: 10.1002/mbo3.1363 (open access)

Murawksi, S.A., Schwing, P.T., Patterson III, W.F., Sutton, T.T., Montagna, P.A., Milligan, R.J., Joye, S., Thomas, L., Kilborn, J., Paris, C.B., Failletaz, R., Portnoy, D.S., Gilbert, S. (2023). Vulnerability and resilience of living marine resources to the Deepwater Horizon Oil spill: an overview. Front Mar Sci. 10:1202250. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2023.1202250 (open access)

Bridges, A., Howell, K.L., McQuaid, K.A., Butt, S., Sink, K., Atkinson, L., Brandt, A., Braga-Henriques, A., Stevenson, A., Saeedi, H., Bax, N., Carranza, A., Gaudron, S.M., Perez, J.A., Amaro, T., Viera, R., Guilhon, M., Pearman, T., Horton, T., Weinberg, C., Milligan, R.J., Doti, B.L., Lauretta, D., Orejas, C., Bravo, M.E., Narayanaswamy, B.E., Barnes, D.K.A., Bell, J.B., Ross, R.E., Brix, S., Kaiser, S., Esquete, P., Shimanbukuro, M., Freiwald, A., Beuck, L., Hebbeln, D., Titschack, J., Vinha, B., Huvenne, V., Gori, A., Limongi, P., Bernardino, A.F., Elegbede, I.O., Taylor, M., Paulus, S., Kainge, P. (in press). Review of the Central and South Atlantic Deep Sea: Science, Policy and Management. Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Annual Review. 4. doi: 10.1201/9781032426969-4

2022

Sutton, T.T., Milligan., R.J., Daly, K., Boswell, K.M., Cook, A.B., Cornic, M., Frank, T., Frasier, K., Hahn, D., Hernandez, F., Hildebrand, J., Hu, C., Johnston, M.W., Joye, S., Judkins, H., Moore, J.A., Murawski, S., Pruzinsky, N.M., Quinlan, J.A., Remsen, A., Robinson, K.L., Romero, I.C., Rooker, J., Vecchione, M., Wells, R.J.D. (2022). The Open-Ocean Gulf of Mexico after Deepwater Horizon: Synthesis of a Decade of Research. Front Mar Sci. 9:753391. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2022.753391 (open access)

2021

Keeping, J., Milligan, R.J., Reeve-Arnold, K., Bailey, D.M. (2021). Trends in sightings of the stingrays of southern Mozambique. Marine and Freshwater Research 72 (12), 1824-1837.

Howell, K.L., Hilário, A, Allcock, A.L., Bailey, D., Baker, M., Clark, M.R., Colaço, A., Copley, J., Cordes, E., Danovaro, R., Dissanayake, A., Escobar, E., Esquete, P., Gallagher, A., Gates, A.R., Gaudron, S.M., German, C.R., Gjerde, K., Higgs, N.D., Le Bris, N., Levin, L.A., Manea, E., McClain, C., Menot, L., Mestre, N.C., Metaxas, A., Milligan, R., Muthumbi, A.W.N., Narayanaswamy, B.E., Ramalho, S.P., Ramirez-Llodra, E., Robson, L., Rogers, A.D., Sellanes, J., Sigwart, J.D., Sink, K., Snelgrove, P.V.R., Stefanoudis, P.V., Sumida, P.Y., Taylor, M.L., Thurber, A.R., Vieira, R., Watanabe, H.K., Woodall, L.C., Xavier, J.R. (2021) A decade to study deep-sea life. Nature Ecology & Evolution.  doi: 10.1038/s41559-020-01352-5 

2020 

Cook A.B., Bernard A.M., Boswell K.M., Bracken-Grissom H., D’Elia M., deRada S., Easson C.G., English D., Eytan R.I., Frank T., Hu C., Johnston M.W., Judkins H.., Lembke C, Lopez J.V., Milligan R.J., Moore J.A., Penta B., Pruzinsky N.M., Quinlan J.A., Richards T.M., Romero I.C., Shivji M.S., Vecchione M., Weber M.D., Wells R.J.D. and Sutton T.T. (2020) A multidisciplinary approach to investigate deep-pelagic ecosystem dynamics in the Gulf of Mexico following Deepwater Horizon. Front. Mar. Sci. 7:548880. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.548880 (open access)

Howell, K.L., Hilário, A, Allcock, A.L., Bailey, D., Baker, M., Clark, M.R., Colaço, A., Copley, J., Cordes, E., Danovaro, R., Dissanayake, A., Escobar, E., Esquete, P., Gallagher, A., Gates, A.R., Gaudron, S.M., German, C.R., Gjerde, K., Higgs, N.D., Le Bris, N., Levin, L.A., Manea, E., McClain, C., Menot, L., Mestre, N.C., Metaxas, A., Milligan, R., Muthumbi, A.W.N., Narayanaswamy, B.E., Ramalho, S.P., Ramirez-Llodra, E., Robson, L., Rogers, A.D., Sellanes, J., Sigwart, J.D., Sink, K., Snelgrove, P.V.R., Stefanoudis, P.V., Sumida, P.Y., Taylor, M.L., Thurber, A.R., Vieira, R., Watanabe, H.K., Woodall, L.C., Xavier, J.R. (2020). A blueprint for an inclusive, global deep-sea Ocean Decade field programme. Front. Mar. Sci. 7:584861. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.584861 (open access)

Sutton, T.T., Cook, A.B., Milligan, R.J., Boswell, K.M., Fenolio, D. (2020). Deep-Pelagic Research in the Gulf of Mexico: An Extraordinary Oceanic Ecosystem Facing Extraordinary Challenges. ECO Magazine Deep Sea Special Issue: 29-31

Milligan, R.J., Scott, E.M., Jones, D.O.B., Bett, B.J., Clarke, J., Jamieson, A., O’Brien, R., Rowe, G., Ruhl, H.A., Sangolay, B.B., Smith Jr., K.L., Walls, A., Vardaro, M., Bailey, D.M. (2020). Evidence for seasonal changes in deep-sea fish distributions: A great migration in the African deep sea? J Anim Ecol. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.13215 (open access)

Milligan, R.J. & Sutton, T.T. (2020). Dispersion overrides environmental variability as a primary driver of the horizontal assemblage structure of the mesopelagic fish family Myctophidae in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Front Mar Sci. 7:15. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.00015 (open access)

Pruzinsky, N*., Milligan, R.J. & Sutton, T.T. (2020) Pelagic Habitat Partitioning of Late-Larval and Juvenile Tunas in the Oceanic Gulf of Mexico. Front Mar Sci 7:257. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.00257 (open access)

2019

Johnston, M.W., Milligan, R.J., Easson, C.G., deRada, S., English, D., Penta, B., Sutton, T. T.  (2019). An empirically validated method for characterizing pelagic habitats in the Gulf of Mexico using ocean model data. Limnol Oceanogr-Meth17 (6): 362-375 [Full Text Link] [Read-only copy]

Milligan, R.J., Bernard, A.M., Boswell, K.M., Bracken-Grissom, H.D., D’Elia, M.A.,  DeRada, S., Easson, C.G., English, D., Eytan, R.I., Finnegan, K.A., Hu, C., Lembke, C., Lopez, J.V., Penta, B., Richards, T., Romero, I.C., Shivji, M.,  Timm, L., Warren, J.D., Weber, M., Wells, R.J.D., Sutton, T.T. (2019). The application of novel research technologies by the Deep Pelagic Nekton Dynamics of the Gulf of Mexico (DEEPEND) Consortium. J. Mar. Tech. Soc. 52(6): 81-86. [Full Text Link] (Request Author Copy)

Sutton, T.T. & Milligan, R.J. (2019) Deep-Sea Ecology. In: Fath, B.D. (editor in chief) Encyclopedia of Ecology, 2nd edition, vol. 1, pp. 35–45. Oxford: Elsevier. [Full Text Link]

2016

Milligan, R.J., Spence, G., Roberts, J.M., Bailey, D.M. (2016). Fish communities associated with cold-water coral habitats vary with depth and habitat type. Deep Sea Res. I114: 43-54. [Full Text Link]

Milligan, R.J., Morris, K.J., Bett, B.J., Durden, J.M., Jones, D.O.B., Robert, K., Ruhl, H.A., Bailey, D.M. (2016). High resolution study of the spatial distributions of abyssal fishes by autonomous underwater vehicle. Sci. Rep. 6 (26095). DOI: 10.1038/srep26095. [Full Text Link]

Elliott, S. A. M. and Milligan, R. J. and Heath, M. R. and Turrell, W.R. and Bailey, D. M. (2016) Disentangling habitat concepts for demersal marine fish management. Oceanography and Marine Biology - An Annual Review, 54 (Nov). pp. 173-192. ISSN 0078-3218 [Full Text Link]

2015

Clarke, J., Milligan, R.J., Neat, F.C., Bailey, D.M. (2015). Drawing a line under deep-sea fishing: A scientific basis for regulation by depth. Curr. Biol. 25(18): 2425-2429 [Full Text Link]

Stentiford, G.D., Albalat, A., Milligan, R.J., Bailey, N., Neil, D.M. (2015). The effect of parasitic infection by Hematodinium sp. on the cessation of swimming and subsequent recovery in the Norway lobster, Nephrops norvegicus (L.). J Crustacean Biol 35(1): 1-10 [Full Text Link]

2014

Morris, K.J., Bett, B.J., Durden, J.M., Huvenne, V.A.I., Milligan, R.J., Jones, D.O.B., McPhail, S., Robert, K., Bailey, D.M., Ruhl, H.A. (2014). A new method for ecological surveying of the abyss using autonomous underwater vehicle photography. Limnol Oceanogr-Meth 12: 795 – 809 [Full Text Link]

Henry, L.A., Vad, J., Findlay, H.S., Murillo, J., Milligan, R., Roberts, J.M. (2014). Environmental variability and biodiversity of megabenthos on the Hebrides Terrace Seamount (Northeast Atlantic). Sci Rep 4 (5589): 1-10 [Full Text Link]

2013

Vardaro, M.F., Bagley, P.M., Bailey, D.M., Bett, B.J., Jones, D.O.B., Milligan, R.J., Priede, I.M., Risien, C.M., Rowe, G.T., Ruhl, H.A., Sangolay, B.B., Smith, K.L., Walls, A., Clarke, J. (2013). A southeast Atlantic deep-ocean observatory: first experiences and results. Limnol Oceanogr-Meth 11: 304-315 [Full Text Links]

2009

Milligan, R.J., Albalat, A., Atkinson, R.J.A., Neil, D.M. (2009). The effects of trawling on the physical condition of the Norway lobster Nephrops norvegicus in relation to seasonal cycles in the Clyde Sea area. ICES J Mar Sci 66(13): 488-494. [Full Text Link]

Recent Conference Presentations (*Student Author) - Past 3 Years

2024

Areford, I.M.*, Johnston, M.J., Sutton, T.T. & Milligan, R.J. Do Mesopelagic Fish Biomass Patterns Change in Response to Major Oceanographic Features in the Northern Gulf of Mexico? GOMCON 2024, February 19-24, Tampa, FL, USA.

Milligan, R.J. & Sutton, T.T. Changes in assemblage structure of Lanternfishes in the decade following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. GOMCON 2024, February 19-24, Tampa, FL, USA.

Milligan, R.J. & Sutton, T.T. Quantifying the vertical distributions of deep-living fishes (and their variability) in the Gulf of Mexico from 2011 to 2021. GOMCON 2024, February 19-24, Tampa, FL, USA.

Areford, I.M.*, Trimble, S.*, Sutton, T.T., Cook, A.B. & Milligan, R.J. Length-Weight relationships of Mesopelagic Fishes from the northern Gulf of Mexico. GOMCON 2024, February 19-24, Tampa, FL, USA.

 

2023

Milligan, R.J. & Sutton, T.T. Quantifying the vertical distributions of deep-living fishes (and their variability) in the Gulf of Mexico from 2011 to 2021. Presented at: Biodiversity, Ecology, and the Biological Carbon Pump in the Ocean Twilight Zone: A sustainable future in the face of human exploitation and climate change. September 13-20, 2023, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.

Sutton, T., Boswell, K., Cook, A., Frank, T., Moore, J., Bracken-Grissom, H., Milligan, R. Why have mesopelagic boundary communities only been documented off Hawaii? Likely cosmopolitanism of mesopelagic associations with landmasses and their importance. 11th Indo-Pacific Fish Conference - Auckland 2023, 20-24 Nov, Auckland, New Zealand.

Sutton, T., Boswell, K., Cook, A., Frank, T., Moore, J., Bracken-Grissom, H., Milligan, R. In Search of… Mesopelagic boundary communities. What are they, why just Hawaii, and could they occur in the Atlantic over deep-water coral? Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. 12-16 July 2023 Norfolk, VA.

Romero I.C., Sutton, T., Milligan, R., Rose-Mann, L., Bracken-Grissom, H., Frank, T., Cook, A., Judkins, H., Boswell, K., Woodstock, M., Hahn, D., Johnston, M., D’Elia, M., Moore, J., Quinlan, J., Vecchione, M., Parker, F. Linking contaminants fate and ecosystem functioning in the open-ocean Gulf of Mexico: A decadal synthesis of research. ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting 2023. 4-9 June 2023 Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Frank, T., Milligan, R., Sutton, T. The micronektonic crustacean assemblage in the Gulf of Mexico: temporal changes since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. 10th International Crustacean Congress. 22 – 26 May 2023, Wellington, New Zealand.

 

2022

Milligan, R., & Sutton, T.T. Lessons from Lanternfishes: Developing indicator metrics for deep-pelagic monitoring (DEEPEND|RESTORE). Gulf of Mexico Conference 2022, 25 – 28 April 2022. Baton Rouge, LA.

Sutton, T., Boswell, K., Bracken-Grissom, H., Cook, A., Fenolio, D., Frank, T., Hahn, D., Johnston, M., Judkins, H., Milligan, R., Moore, J., Quinlan, J., Romero, I., Vecchione, M., Shivji, M., Bernard, A., D’Elia, M., Malca, E, Peres, P., Pruzinsky, N., Woodstock, M., Zhang, Y., Benson, K., Karnauskas, M., Parker, F. The state of the pelagic Gulf of Mexico: the continuing mission of the DEEPEND research consortium. Gulf of Mexico Conference 2022, 25 – 28 April 2022. Baton Rouge, LA.

Scheuerman, K.*, Frank, T., Sutton, T., Milligan, R. Taxonomic resolution and biodiversity evaluations for deep-sea fish assemblages in a pelagic ecosystem of the northern Gulf of Mexico. Gulf of Mexico Conference 2022, 25 – 28 April 2022. Baton Rouge, LA.

Twiss, M.*, Sutton., T., Moore, J., Milligan., R. Morphological diversity in vertically migrating and non-vertically migrating stomiiform fishes in the Gulf of Mexico. Gulf of Mexico Conference 2022, 25 – 28 April 2022. Baton Rouge, LA.

Warren., A.*, Milligan, R. Ontogenetic Variation in the Size Structuring of Vertically Migrating Myctophids in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. Gulf of Mexico Conference 2022, 25 – 28 April 2022. Baton Rouge, LA.

Milligan, R., & Sutton, T.T. Species Diversity of Lanternfishes (Myctophidae) remained largely unchanged following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill despite widespread abundance declines. Ocean Sciences Meeting 24th Feb – 4th March 2022. Online

Sutton, T.T., Boswell, K., Cook, A., Frank, T., Moore, J., Bracken-Grissom, H., Leitner, A., Benoit-Bird, K., Milligan, R., Vecchione, M., Judkins, H., Cordez, E., Lunden, J., Demopoulos, A. In Search of… Mesopelagic Boundary Communities. What Are They, Why Just Hawaii, and Could They Occur in the Atlantic Over Deep-water Coral?  Ocean Sciences Meeting 24th Feb – 4th March 2022. Online

Cook, A., Sutton, T.T., Boswell, K., Bracken-Grissom, H., Eytan, R., Fenolio, D., Frank, T., Hahn, D., Johnston, M., Judkins, H., Milligan, R., Moore, J., Quinlan, J., Richards, T., Romero, I., Shivji, M., Bernhard, A., Vecchione, M., Woodstock, M., Zhang, Y. Sustained observation of the deep-pelagic Gulf of Mexico: the DEEPEND|RESTORE program. Ocean Sciences Meeting 24th Feb – 4th March 2022. Online

 

2021

Kimak, E.*, Kerstetter, D., Milligan, R., Pitchford, T. The Distribution, Composition and Management of Drifting Fish Aggregating Devices (dFADs) in the North Atlantic Ocean. 74th Annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute Conference. 1st – 12th November 2021. Online.

Milligan, R.J. & Sutton, T.T. A synthesis of lanternfish ecology in the Gulf of Mexico. ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting. 12th – 16th September 2021, Hybrid Meeting (Online / Brest, France).

Sutton, T.T., K. Boswell, A.B. Cook, M. Cornic, R. Milligan, J. Moore, S. Murawski, N. Pruzinsky, J. Rooker, D. Wells. Oceanic fishes of the Gulf of Mexico and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster: A decadal synthesis of research. 21 – 15 July 2021 Joint meetings of American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Phoenix AZ.

Hiley, A.*, Milligan, R., Gilliam, D. Resistance and resilience: spatial and temporal patterns in the octocoral community facing local and global stressors in Southeast Florida. ICRS 2021 - 14th International Coral Reef Symposium. 18th – 23rd July 2021, Bremen, Germany.

Milligan, R.J. & Sutton, T.T. A synthesis of lanternfish ecology in the Gulf of Mexico. ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting. 22nd – 27th July 2021, Virtual Meeting.

Sutton, T.T., Cook, A., Daly, K., Frank, T., Frasier, K., Hildebrand, J., Hu, C., Joye, S., Judkins, H., Milligan, R.J., Moore, J., Rooker, J., Vecchione, M., Youngbluth, M., Murawski, S. A Synthesis of Research on the Impacts of Deepwater Horizon on the Open-Ocean Gulf of Mexico. ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting. 22nd – 27th July 2021, Virtual Meeting.

Organised Conference Sessions

Milligan, R.J., Malca, E., Sutton, T.T. Out of the Blue: What have we learned about the pelagic Gulf of Mexico, what remains unknown, and how can we use the information? 2019 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference, 4 - 7th Feb, New Orleans, LA.

Sutton, T.T., Milligan, R.J., Orlov, A. Fishes as agents of oceanic ecosystem connectivity. 15th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium, 2018.

Boswell, K., Milligan, R.J., Sutton, T.T. Vertical connectivity of the pelagic ocean: understanding the function and services of intermediate trophic levels. ASLO 2017 Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Honolulu, HI

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