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 Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences | Faculty | Steve L. Morton, Ph.D.

Steve L. Morton, Ph.D.

Research Interest:
Physiological ecology of toxic algae. My research focuses on the environmental factors that may influence toxin production. A second emphasis is the culture and taxonomic identification of new species of toxin producing algae and the determination of new bioactive compounds.

Selected Publications:

1.  Richlen, M., S.L. Morton, and P. Barber. In press. Phylogeography, morphological variation and taxonomy of the toxic dinoflagellate Gambierdiscus toxicus (Dinophyceae). Harmful Algae.

2.  Vershinin, A., S.L. Morton, L.L. Smith, T.A. Leighfield, S. Pankov, and M. Quilliam. Submitted. Dinophysis spp. and Prorocentrum lima in Black Sea phytoplankton and mussel toxicity related to them. Harmful Algae.

3.  Morton, S.L., A. Vershinin, T. Leighfield, L. Smith, and M. Quilliam. 2007. Identification of yessotoxin in mussels from the Caucasian Black Sea coast of the Russian Federation. Toxicon 50: 581-584.

4.  Maranda, L., S. Corwin, S. Dover, and S.L. Morton (2007). Prorocentrum lima (Dinophyceae) in the northeastern USA coastal waters II: Toxin load in the epibiota and in shellfish. Harmful Algae 6(5): 623-631.

5.  Fristachi, A. J.L. Sinclair, J. Hambrook-Berkman, G. Boyer, J. Burkholder, J. Burns, W. Carmichael, A. Dufour, W. Fraizer, S. L. Morton, E. O’Brien, and S. Walker. 2007. Chapter 3: occurrence of Cyanobacterial Harmful Algal Blooms Workgroup Report. In: Proceedings of the Interagency, International Symposium on Cyanobacterial Harmful Algal Blooms (Hudnell, H.K. ed) Springer Press, pp 37-97.

Steve L. Morton, Ph.D.

Steve L. Morton, Ph.D.
Research Oceanographer
National Ocean Service, Charleston, SC

Ph.D., Southern Illinois University

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