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Joseph S. Nelson

Job Title: Professor of Biological Sciences
Employer: Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta
Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, USA
Public School attended: Copper Mountain & Princeton, BC
High School attended: Magee High School, Vancouver, BC
Further Education: University of British Columbia (B.Sc. - 1960; Ph.D. - 1965), University of Alberta (M.Sc. - 1962).
Geographic focus of research: Alberta, world-wide

Brief synopsis of current research:
My main research deals with the Systematics and classification of fishes, Taxonomic revision of the Trachinoidei and Psychrolutidae, Taxonomy of the sticklebacks Culaea and Pungitius, Pelvic skeleton presence/absence in brook sticklebacks, and Taxonomy, biology, biogeography of Alberta fishes. I am also Chair of the AFS & ASIH Names of Fishes Committee.


Recent Publications:

Nelson, J. S. and M. J. Paetz. 1992. The fishes of Alberta. The University of Alberta Press, Edmonton. 437 pp.

Nelson, J. S. 1994. Fishes of the world. John Wiley and Sons, Inc. New York. 3rd edition. 600 pp.

Keivany, Y., J.S. Nelson, and P.S. Economidis. 1997. Validity of Pungitius hellenicus Stephanidis 1971 (Teleostei, Gasterosteidae), a stickleback fish from Greece. Copeia 1997(3): 558-564.

Jackson, K.L. and J.S. Nelson. 1999. Ambophthalmos eurystigmatephoros, a new species of fathead sculpin (Scorpaeniformes; Psychrolutidae) from New Zealand. Copeia. 1999(2): 428-433.

Nelson, J.S. 1999. Editorial and introduction: the species concept in fish biology. In J.S. Nelson and P.J.B. Hart (eds.). The species concept in fish biology. Rev. Fish Biol. Fisheries 9(4): 000-000. In press.