John F. Morrissey

Pre-Health and Pre-Vet Advisor
(434) 381-6190
[email protected]

Ph.D. 1991  University of Miami
M.A. 1985  Hofstra University
B.A. 1982  Hofstra University

Previous faculty position (1991-2007)
Hofstra University, Biology Department

Courses I teach
Introduction to Organisms, Introduction to Cells, Introductory Laboratory Techniques, Marine Biology, Comparative Vertebrate Morphology, Comparative Animal Physiology

My students and I study the natural history of chain catsharks, a foot-long, egg-laying, deep-sea shark that lives on the continental shelf and slope from Nova Scotia to Nicaragua.  I am on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the American Elasmobranch Society, the world's largest scientific society of professional ichthyologists who specialize in the biology of sharks, skates, and rays.

Recent Publications

J. F. Morrissey and Sumich, J. L.  2012. Introduction to the Biology of Marine Life, 10th edition. Jones and Bartlett, Massachusetts.

Morson, J. and J. F. Morrissey. 2007. Variation in the morphology of the electric organ in the little skate, Leucoraja erinacea, and its possible role in courtship. Environmental Biology of Fishes 80 (2-3): 267-275. PDF reprint

McLaughlin, D. M. and  J. F. Morrissey.  2005. Reproductive biology of Centrophorus cf. uyato from the CaymanTrench, Jamaica. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 85: 1185-1192. PDF reprint

McLaughlin, D. M. and  J. F. Morrissey.  2004. New records of elasmobranchs from the Cayman Trench, Jamaica.  Bulletin of Marine Science 73(3): 481-485. PDF reprint

Sundström, L. F., S. H. Gruber, S. M. Clermont, J. P. S. Correia, J. R. C. de Marignac, J. F. Morrissey, C. R. Lowrance, L. Thomassen, and M. T. Oliveira.  2001.  Review of elasmobranch behavioral studies using ultrasonic telemetry with special reference to the lemon shark, Negaprion brevirostris, around Bimini Islands, Bahamas. Environmental Biology of Fishes 60: 225-250. PDF reprint

Morrissey, J. F. and E. T. Elizaga. 1999. Capture of megamouth 11 in the Philippines. The Philippine Scientist 36: 143-147. PDF reprint