I am a paleontologist and marine biologist specializing in corals. My paleontological work has focused on paleoecology and taphonomy of tropical coral reefs, especially onshore-offshore and biogeographic patterns in diversity and species composition of modern and fossil corals (Edinger, et al., 2000, Diversity and Distributions ; Edinger et al., 2002, Facies) , and the influences of sedimentation and eutrophication on modern and fossil corals (Edinger et al., 1998, 2000, Marine Pollution Bulletin ; Tapanila, et al 2004; Edinger and Copper abstracts 2001, 2005). Taphonomy-related work assesses effects of eutrophication and sedimentation on reef-dwelling coral and mollusk preservation (Lescinsky et al., 2002; Estrada-Alvarez et al. 2004), and the nature of time-averaging on coral reefs (Edinger et al., 2001).
Marine biological work in Newfoundland and Labrador focuses on deep-sea corals, and on marine habitat mapping. Recent research has described distributions of deep-sea corals in Newfoundland and Labrador waters based on trawl bycatch ( Wareham and Edinger, 2005), and assessed statistical relationships between deep-sea corals and groundfish in standardized research trawl records from Newfoundland and Labrador (Edinger et al., 2005). Marine habitat mapping efforts focus on ground-truthing multibeam bathymetry and backscatter data for describing benthic substrates and the degree to which benthic biological communities are tied to substrate or hydrographic variables (Copeland et al., 2005).
For more information, please email Evan or contact him at the address below:
Dr. Evan Edinger,
Dept. of Geography and Dept. of Biology
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's , NL, Canada
Fax (709) 737-3119