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Jennifer McClain Counts


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Jennifer McClain-Counts received her B.S. degree in Marine Biology (2006) and her M.S. degree is Marine Science (2010) from University of North Carolina Wilmington. In 2001, she was hired to her current position as a Biological Technician with the USGS Southeast Ecological Science Center in Gainesville, FL. Jennie is the laboratory manager for the Benthic Ecology laboratory. She works with Dr. Amanda Demopoulos to examine trophic relationships and community structure of marine fauna collected in various habitats, such as wetlands, offshore wrecks and deep-sea corals. 


McClain-Counts, J.P., and Demopoulos, A.W.J., 2012, Connectivity of tropical marine ecosystems—An overview of interdisciplinary research to understand biodiversity and trophic relationships in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2012–3016, 2 p. [Link]

Ross, S.W., Demopoulos, A.W.J., Kellogg, C.A., Morrison, C.L., Nizinski, M.S., Ames, C.L., Casazza, T.L., Gualtieri, D., Kovacs, K., McClain, J.P., Quattrini, A.M., Roa-Varón, A.Y., and Thaler, A.D., 2012, Deepwater Program: Studies of Gulf of Mexico lower continental slope communities related to chemosynthetic and hard substrate habitats: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012–1032, 301 p.

Choy, C.A., Davison, P.C., Drazen, J.C., Flynn, A. Gier, E.J., Hoffman, J.C., McClain-Counts, J.P., Miller, T.W., Popp, B.N., Ross, S.W., and T.T. Sutton. 2012. Global trophic position comparison of two dominant mesopelagic fish families (Myctophidae, Stomiidae) using amino acid nitrogen isotopic analyses. PLoS ONE 7 (11): e50133. Doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0050133. [Download File]

Ross, S.W., Quattrini, A.M., Roa-Varón, A.Y., and J.P. McClain. 2010. Species composition and distributions of mesopelagic fishes over the slope of the north-central Gulf of Mexico. Deep-Sea Research II 57: 1926-1956.


My Science Topics

Science Topic
Ecology and Environmentaquatic ecosystems
Ecology and Environmentbenthic ecosystems
Ecology and Environmentbiodiversity
Ecology and Environmentbiogeography
Ecology and Environmentecological competition
Ecology and Environmentecological processes
Ecology and Environmentecosystem diversity
Ecology and Environmentecosystem functions
Ecology and Environmentecosystems
Ecology and Environmentenvironmental assessment
Ecology and Environmentestuarine ecosystems
Ecology and Environmenthabitat alteration
Ecology and Environmentisland ecosystems
Ecology and Environmentwetlands
Oceans and Coastlinescoastal ecosystems
Oceans and Coastlinescoastal zones
Oceans and Coastlinesmarine ecosystems
Oceans and Coastlinesreef ecosystems
Oceans and Coastlinessea-floor characteristics
Environmental Issuescontamination and pollution
Environmental Issueshuman impacts

My USGS Science Strategy Areas

Understanding Ecosystems & Predicting Ecosystems Change

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Jennifer McClain Counts
7920 NW 71St Street
Gainesville, FL 32653
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