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Richard Winterbottom

Job Title: Senior Curator
Employer: Royal Ontario Museum
Place of Birth: Livingstone, Zambia
High School attended: Westerford High School
Further Education: University of Cape Town (B.Sc.), Queen's University (Ph.D.).
Geographic focus of research: Indo-Pacific coral reef fishes, from east Africa to the Marquesses

Brief synopsis of current research:
Osteology, phylogeny, biogeography and macroevolution of Ind-Pacific reef and mangrove fishes, especially Acanthuridae, Gobiidae and Congrogadinae.


Recent Publications:

Tyler, J. C. and R. Winterbottom. 1999. A review of the morphology and relationships of the Oligocene spikefish genera Acanthopleurus Agassiz 1844 and Cryptobalistes Tyler 1968 (Tetraodontiformes; Triacanthidae. Paeleontol. Zeitschr., 73 (3/4) :351-367.

Harold, A. S. and R. Winterbottom. 1999. Gobiodon brochus: a new species of gobiid fish (Teleostei: Gobioidei) from the western South Pacific, with a description of its unique jaw morphology. Copeia (1) :49-57.

Guiasu, R. and R. Winterbottom. 1998. Yellow juvenile colour pattern, diet switching and the phylogeny of the surgeonfish genus Zebrasoma (Percomorpha, Acanthuridae). Bull.Mar.Sci., 63 (2) :277-294.

Yang, J.-X. and R. Winterbottom. 1998. Phylogeny and zoogeography of the cyprinid genus Epalzeorhynchos Bleeker (Cyprinidae: Ostariophysi). Copeia (1) :48-63.

Winterbottom, R. and D. A. McLennan. 1993. Cladogram versatility: evolution and biogeography of acanthuroid fishes. Evolution 47 (5) :1557-1571.

A museum career has given me the opportunity to indulge my passions for scuba diving on Indo-Pacific coral reefs, collecting in mangrove swamps (really neat ecosystems!), photography, and, most importantly, the study of evolutionary biology, from comparative anatomy to tracing what is adaptive and what is historical to figuring out what distributional patterns mirror geological history to those that require some other explanation.