John Dearborn

John Dearborn

Education

Ph.D. Stanford

Description

John H. Dearborn, Professor Emeritus in Marine Sciences, in his laboratory, 210 Murray Hall, University of Maine.  Photo taken September, 1999.  He is holding a specimen of Astrotoma agassizii, a large Antarctic brittle star.

Research interests

I retired officially in 1999 but continue my research interests in marine benthic ecology, the biology of ophiuroids and the roles of invcertebrates in marine forensic investigations.  My top priority is the completion of a guide to the Ophiuroidea of the northwest Atlantic in depts from the intertidal to 1,200 meters

Publications

  • The postmortem fate of human remains
    Sorg, M.H., J.H. Dearborn, E.I. Monahan, H.F. Ryan, K.G. Sweeney, and E. David. 1996. Forensic taphonomy in marine contexts. Pages 567 - 604 in W.D. Haglund and M.H. Sorg (eds.), Forensic taphonomy. The postmortem fate of human remains. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida.
  • 1996 Polar Biology
    Dearborn, J.H., K.C. Edwards and G. Hendler. 1996. The diet of Ophiosparte gigas (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea) along the Antarctic Peninsula, with comments on its taxonomic status. Polar Biology, 16: 309 - 320, 6 figures.
  • 1995 Copeia
    Eakin, R.R. and J.H. Dearborn. 1995. Hugh Hamilton DeWitt 1933-1995. Copeia, 1995 (3): 762-765, 1 figure. (Obituary)
  • Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
    Ojeda, F.P. and J.H. Dearborn. 1991. Feeding ecology of benthic mobile predators: experimental analyses of their influence in rocky subtidal communities of the Gulf of Maine. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 149: 13 - 44, 7 figures.
  • Marine Ecology Progress Series
    Dearborn, J.H., K.C. Edwards and D.B. Fratt. 1991. Diet, feeding behavior, and surface morphology of the multi-armed Antarctic sea star Labidiaster annulatus (Echinodermata: Asteroidea). Marine Ecology Progress Series, 77: 65 - 84, 9 figures.
  • Fauna der Antarktis
    Hendler, G., J.H. Dearborn and J.W. Wagele. 1990. Ophiuroidea (Schlangensterne). Pages 176 - 181 in J. Sieg and J.W. Wagele (eds.), Fauna der Antarktis. Verlag Paul Parey, Berlin und Hamburg. 197 pages, 16 color plates. (Published in German)
  • Fishery Bulletin
    Ojeda, F.P. and J.H. Dearborn. 1990. Diversity, abundance and spatial distribution of fishes and crustaceans in the rocky subtidal zone of the Gulf of Maine. Fishery Bulletin, 88(2): 403 - 410, 3 figures.
  • National Marine Fisheries Service
    Messing, C.G. and J.H. Dearborn. 1990. Marine flora and fauna of the Northeastern United States. Echinodermata: Crinoidea. NOAA Technical Report, National Marine Fisheries Service, 91, 30 pages, 18 figures.
  • Journal of Plankton Research
    Ferrari, F.D., and J.H. Dearborn. 1989. A second examination of predation on pelagic copepods by the brittle star Astrotoma agassizii. Journal of Plankton Research, 11(6): 1315 - 1320.
  • Marine Ecology-Progress Series
    Ojeda, F.P. and J.H. Dearborn. 1989. Community structure of macroinvertebrates inhabiting the rocky subtidal zone in the Gulf of Maine: seasonal and bathymetric distribution. Marine Ecology-Progress Series, 57: 147 - 161, 6 figures.
  • 1989 U.S. Marine Mammal Commission
    Dearborn, J.H. 1989. Benthic fauna. Pages 9 - 10 in L.B. Quetin and R.M. Ross (eds.), The biological basis for area-wide protection at Palmer Station, Antarctica. Report of a Workshop held at the University of California at Santa Barbara, California on 3-4 November, 1988. U.S. Marine Mammal Commission (Contract No. T6223924-6). 59 pages.
  • American Geophysical Union
    Dearborn, J.H., F.D. Ferrari and K.C. Edwards. 1986. Can pelagic aggregations cause benthic satiation? Feeding biology of the Antarctic brittle star Astrotoma agassizii (Echinodrmata: Ophiuroidea). Biology of the Antarctic Seas XVII, Antarctic Research Series, American Geophysical Union, Washington, D.C., Vol. 44: 1 - 28.
  • 1986 American Geophysical Union
    Eakin, R.R., J.H. Dearborn and W.C. Townsend. 1986. Observations of marine birds in the South Atlantic Ocean in the late austral autumn. Biology of the Antarctic Seas XVII, Antarctic Research Series, American Geophysical Union, Washington, D.C., Vol. 44: 69 - 86.
  • 1985 Transactions of the American Fisheries Society
    Akielaszek, J.J., J.R. Moring, S.R. Chapman and J.H. Dearborn. 1985. Experimental culture of young rainbow smelt Osmerus mordax. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 114: 596 - 603.
  • 1985 Antarctic Journal of the U.S.
    Dearborn, J.H. and K.C. Edwards. 1985 (1984 Review). Analysis of data on the feeding biology of Antarctic sea stars and brittle stars. Antarctic Journal of the U.S., 19(5): 138 - 139.
  • 1984 Antarctic Journal of the U.S.
    Dearborn, J.H., K.C. Edwards, D.B. Fratt and W.E. Zamer. 1984 (1983 Review). Echinoderm studies along the Antarctic Peninsula. Antarctic Journal of the U.S., 18(5): 193 - 194.
  • Polar Biology
    Fratt, D.B. and J.H. Dearborn. 1984. Feeding biology of the Antarctic brittle star Ophionotus victoriae (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea). Polar Biology, 3: 127 - 139.
  • American Geophysical Union
    Speel, J.A. and J.H. Dearborn. 1983. Comatulid crinoids from R/V Eltanin cruises in the Southern Ocean. Biology of the Antarctic Seas XIII, Antarctic Research Series, American Geophysical Union, Washington, D.C., Vol. 38: 1 - 60. (Paper 1)
  • 1983 Antarctic Journal of the U.S.
    Dearborn, J.H., L.E. Watling, K.C. Edwards, D.B. Fratt, and G.L. Hendler. 1983 (1982 Review). Echinoderm biology and general benthic collecting along the Antarctic Peninsula. Antarctic Journal of the U.S., 17(5): 162 - 164.
  • 1983ta Antarctic Journal the U.S.
    Kellogg, D.E., T.B. Kellogg, J.H. Dearborn, K.C. Edwards and D.B. Fratt. 1983 (1982 Review). Diatoms from ophiuroid stomach contents: implications for sediment reworking on the Antarctic continental shelf. Antarctic Journal of the U.S., 17(5): 167 - 169.
  • Marine Ecology-Progress Series
    Shick, J.M., K.C. Edwards and J.H. Dearborn. 1981. Physiological ecology of the deposit-feeding sea star Ctenodiscus crispatus: ciliated surfaces and animal-sediment interactions. Marine Ecology-Progress Series, 5: 165 - 184.
  • Antarctic Journal of the U.S.
    Dearborn, J.H., K.C. Edwards and D.B. Fratt. 1982 (1981 Review). Feeding biology of sea stars and brittle stars along the Antarctic Peninsula. Antarctic Journal of the U.S., 16(5): 136 - 137.
  • 1979 Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
    Turner, R.L. and J.H. Dearborn. 1979. Organic and inorganic composition of post-metamorphic growth stages of Ophionotus hexactis (E.A. Smith) (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea) during intraovarian incubation. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 36: 41 - 51.
  • 1979ta Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
    Turner, R.L. and J.H. Dearborn. 1979. Organic and inorganic composition of post-metamorphic growth stages of Ophionotus hexactis (E.A. Smith) (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea) during intraovarian incubation. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 36: 41 - 51.
  • 1978 Antarctic Journal of the U.S
    Dearborn, J.H., H.H. DeWitt, J.D. McCleave, T.E. Targett, and E.F. Lowe. 1978. Benthic fishes and echinoderms in the Scotia Arc region. Antarctic Journal of the U.S., 13(4): 137 - 139.
  • Smithsonian Institution
    Dearborn, J.H. 1977. Foods and feeding characteristics of Antarctic asteroids and ophiuroids. Pages 293 - 326 in G.A. Llano (ed.), Adaptations within Antarctic ecosystems. Proceedings of the Third SCAR Symposium on Antarctic Biology. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • Planning Rept
    Dearborn, J.H., 1977. The brittle star (Ophiura robusta) in Maine and its relevance to the Critical Areas Program. A report prepared for the Critical Areas Program, Natural Resource Planning Division, Maine State Planning Office. Planning Rept. No. 50, 23 pp.
  • 1977 Antarctic Journal of the U.S.
    McCleave, J.D., J.H. Dearborn, and H.H. DeWitt. 1977. Ecology of benthic fishes and echinoderms along the Scotia Arc and the Antarctic Peninsula. Antarctic Journal of the U.S., 12(4): 19 - 20.
  • 1976 Antarctic Journal of the U.S.
    DeWitt, H.H., J.D. McCleave and J.H. Dearborn. 1976. Ecological studies of fishes and echinoderms during ARA Islas Orcadas cruise 5. Antarctic Journal of the U.S., 11(2): 49 - 53.
  • 1974 Antarctic Journal of the U.S.
    Dearborn, J.H. and F.J. Fell. 1974. Ecology of echinoderms from the Antarctic Peninsula. Antarctic Journal of the U.S., 9(6): 304 - 306.
  • World environments
    Dearborn, J.H. 1973. Freshwater environments. Harper and Row, New York. 10 p. text and set of 100 color slides. In H.B. Fell (ed.), World environments. (Special Harper and Row series of color photographs and accompanying text dealing with specific regions, each set published separately)
  • 1973 Antarctic Journal of the U.S.
    Dearborn, J.H., A.J. Jordan, S.M. Fried, H.T. King, and J.E. Miller. 1973. Ecological studies of echinoderms and general marine collecting along the Antarctic Peninsula. Antarctic Journal of the U.S., 8(4): 206 - 208.
  • World environments
    Dearborn, J.H. 1972. Polar environments. Harper and Row, New York. 9 pages of text and set of 100 color slides. In H.B. Fell (ed.), World environments. (Special Harper and Row series of color photographs and accompanying text dealing with specific regions, each set published separately)
  • 1972 Antarctic Journal of the U.S.
    Dearborn, J.H., K.W. Allen, J.-C. Hureau, and P,M, Arnaud, 1972. Ecological and taxonomic studies of echinoderms, mollusks, and fishes from the Antarctic Peninsula. Antarctic Journal of the U.S., 7(4): 80 - 82.
  • Journal of Morphology
    Turner, R.L. and J.H. Dearborn. 1972. Skeletal morphology of the mud star, Ctenodiscus crispatus (Echinodermata: Asteroidea). Journal of Morphology, 138: 239 - 262.
  • Antarctic Journal of the U.S.
    Dearborn, J.H. and D. Dean. 1970. Invertebrates from the Davis Strait and Labrador Sea. Antarctic Journal of the U.S., 5(5): 192.
  • American Geographical Society
    Dearborn, J.H. and J.A. Rommel. 1969. Crinoidea. In Distribution of selected groups of marine invertebrates in waters south of 35o S latitude. Folio 11, Antarctic Map Folio Series, American Geographical Society. Pages 35 - 36 and Plate No. 21.
  • 1968 Journal of Mammalogy
    Dearborn, J.H., 1968. An unusual leap by a Pacific white-sided dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens). Journal of Mammalogy, 49: 328 - 329.
  • Australian Natural History
    Dearborn, J.H., 1968. Benthic invertebrates. Australian Natural History, 16(4): 134 - 139. (Special Antarctic Issue)
  • Transactions of the Royal Society of New Zealand (Zoology)
    Dearborn, J.H., 1967. Food and reproduction of Glyptonotus antarcticus (Crustacea: Isopoda) at McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. Transactions of the Royal Society of New Zealand (Zoology), 8(15): 163 - 168.
  • New Zealand Department of Scientific and Industrial Research Bulletin
    Dearborn, J.H., 1967. Stanford University invertebrate studies in the Ross Sea, 1958-61: general account and station list. p. 31 - 47 In Bullivant, J.S. and J.H. Dearborn, 1967. The fauna of the Ross Sea. Part 5. General accounts, station lists, and benthic ecology. New Zealand Department of Scientific and Industrial Research Bulletin, 176: 77 pages.
  • Ph.D. Dissertation
    Dearborn, J.H., 1965. Ecological and faunistic investigations of the marine benthos at McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. Ph.D. Dissertation, Stanford University, Stanford, California; xiv + 238 p., illus.
  • Copeia
    Dearborn, J.H., 1965. Reproduction in the nototheniid fish Trematomus bernacchii Boulenger at McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. Copeia 1965, No. 3: 302 - 308.
  • 1965 Journal of Mammalogy
    Dearborn, J.H., 1965. Food of Weddell seals at McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. Journal of Mammalogy, 46: 37 - 43.
  • Journal of Mammalogy
    Dearborn, J.H., 1962. An unusual occurrence of the leopard seal at McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. Journal of Mammalogy, 43: 273 - 275.
  • 1957 Michigan State University
    Dearborn, J.H. 1957. A preliminary study of the food habits of the green crab, Carcinides maenas (L.) with particular reference to the soft-shell clam, Mya arenaria (L.). M.S. Thesis (unpubl.), Michigan State University, 48 pages.
  • AAAS
    Dearborn, J.H., 1957. Notes on the birds of Kitoi Bay, Afognak Island, Alaska. In Science in Alaska, Proc. Eighth Alaska Sci. Conf., Alaska Division, AAAS: 83 - 88.

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MPRI PRESENTS...



LOOKING FORWARD:
Come celebrate National Fossil Day with MPRI at the Oak Bluffs Public Library -- Thursday, 13 October 2016, from 4pm to 7:45pm. We are thrilled to say that National Fossil Day on Martha’s Vineyard is partially supported by a grants from the Staples Education Foundation and the Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


Looking back
In May we took fossil programs for seniors to Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and in June to The Anchors Senior Center in Edgartown in collaboration with the Martha's Vineyard Center for Living and in collaboration with the MV Museum.


In April Susie Bowman
and Fred Hotchkiss presented
Horseshoe Crabs: A Story of Beach Trysts and Blue Bloods,
a free lecture and slide show about lives and history of horseshoe crabs and opportunities to be involved in the Horseshoe Crab Citizen Science Survey Project -- at the West Tisbury, Edgartown and Oak Bluffs libraries


In March we visited two 8th grade science classes of Mrs. Connie Alexander in Tisbury, bringing a range of fossils for study and discussion.


In March we brought touchable fossils to preschoolers at the Island Children's School in West Tisbury.


In February we visited the 7th grade science classes of Ms. Lea Dorr in Oak Bluffs as they studied geology and the history of beach pebbles found on the Vineyard.


In February we served on the panel of judges at the MVRHS 2015 Science Fair. We also provided an MPRI Award which went to Patrick Best and Pearl Vercruysse.


In December we visited the MVRHS science class of Ms. Anna Cotton to incorporate SEA STARS into their studies of Island fisheries and Vineyard marine life.


In November MPRI Director Dr. Fred Hotchkiss received the Russel P. Stanhope Distinguished Friend of Science Award from the Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST), with huge thanks for being nominated by Tisbury 7th and 8th Grade Science Teacher Mrs. Connie Alexander.


Fossil Fred brought a carload of fossils to Mr. David Faber's 8th grade science classes, Wednesday, October 22, Edgartown School.


MPRI celebrated National Fossil Day on Martha’s Vineyard: Thursday October 16th in partnership with the Oak Bluffs Public Library and the National Parks Service. The event was free to all, and 230 children, parents, teachers and fossil enthusiasts participated.

We assisted in Archaeology ID Day at the Martha's Vineyard Museum, 30 August, and the public brought in great finds from around the Vineyard.

We presented a FAMILY-ORIENTED HANDS-ON-FOSSILS PROGRAM at the Edgartown Library on 5 August, with co-presenter biological oceanographer Wendy Culbert. Thirty-five persons, including 25 children, happily experienced fossils.

WE LED CITIZEN SCIENTIST volunteers doing horseshoe crab spawning surveys in May and June in Lake Tashmoo.

In May we visited the WEST TISBURY FOURTH GRADE classes of Rebecca Solway and Jen McHugh with buckets of sea water and LIVING SEA STARS

WE PRESENTED A PREE PUBLIC LECTURE
Horseshoe Crabs: A Story of Beach Trysts and Blue Bloods
AT FOUR LIBRARIES
3/20 at Oak Bluffs Library
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3/25 at Vineyard Haven Library
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4/9 at Chilmark Library
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4/16 at Edgartown Library


MPRI was a sponsor of the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School
Science Fair,
8 February, 2014.


Looking back
Fossil Fred visited the 5th and 6th grade science classes of Ms Justen Walker and Ms Nicole Pereira on Monday, December 16th, 2013 in Westport, MA


Fossil Fred visited the West Tibury 1st grade class of Ms Tessa Wall on Friday, November 15, 2013


Looking back
the Fourth Annual NATIONAL FOSSIL DAY was celebrated at the OAK BLUFFS PUBLIC LIBRARY on Thursday, October 17, 2013, 4PM to 7:45PM. About 180 people came to the event.







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